Adult New Arrivals – Biography

February Arrivals


  • NEW BIO AHMAD, AEHAM 2019
    Ahmad, Aeham
    The Pianist from Syria: A Memoir
    ISBN:1501173499, 9781501173493


  • NEW BIO BUTTIGIEG, PETE 2019
    Buttigieg, Pete
    Shortest way home : one mayor’s challenge and a model for America’s future
    Summary:"A mayor’s inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal. Once described by the Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of," Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-six-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation’s most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city," because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the McKinsey-trained Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention. While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home interweaves two once-unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America’s so-called flyover country."–Provided by publisher.
    ISBN:“1631494368 (hardcover)”, “9781631494369 (hardcover)”


  • NEW BIO DAVIS, FANNIE 2019
    Davis, Bridgett M
    The world according to Fannie Davis : my mother’s life in the Detroit numbers
    Summary:An homage to the author’s mother relates how she cleverly played Detroit’s illegal lottery in the 1970s to support the family while creating a loving, joyful home and mothering her children to the highest standards.
    ISBN:0316558737, 9780316558730


  • NEW BIO GOLDMAN, JUDY 2019
    Goldman, Judy (Poet)
    Together : a memoir of a marriage and a medical mishap
    ISBN:“9780385543958 (ebook)”, “0385543948 : HRD”, “9780385543941 : HRD”


  • NEW BIO HENRY VIII, KING OF ENGLAND 2019
    Borman, Tracy
    Henry VIII and the men who made him
    Summary:Presents a portrait of Henry VIII through the lens of his relationships with the men who surrounded him–companions, confidants, servants, ministers, and rivals–and explores how they impacted his life and historic reign.
    ISBN:“0802128432 (hardcover : alk. paper)”, “9780802128430 (hardcover : alk. paper)”


  • NEW BIO HINDMAN, JESSICA 2019
    Hindman, Jessica Chiccehitto
    Sounds like Titanic : a memoir
    Summary:Relates how the author, an aspiring violinist, left her Appalachian home to pursue a career in classical music in New York, only to discover that the ensemble she has joined pretends to play over CD recordings, and describes her subsequent identity crisis and disillusionment.
    ISBN:“0393651649 (hardcover)”, “9780393651645 (hardcover)”


  • NEW BIO KAY, ADAM 2018
    Kay, Adam.
    This is going to hurt : secret diaries of a junior doctor
    Summary:As soon as Adam Kay set foot on a hospital ward for the first time, he realised there’s quite a lot they don’t teach you at medical school … His diaries from the NHS front line – scribbled in secret after long nights, endless days and missed weekends – are hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns. This Is Going to Hurt is everything you wanted to know about being a junior doctor, and more than a few things you really didn’t. And yes, it may leave a scar.
    ISBN:1509899472, 9781509899470


  • NEW BIO POLK, SARAH 2019
    Greenberg, Amy S.
    Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk
    ISBN:0385354134, 9780385354134


  • NEW BIO SHALMIYEV, SOPHIA 2019
    Pfaff-Shalmiyev, Sophia
    Mother winter : a memoir
    Summary:"A literary memoir about fleeing the Soviet Union, where she abandoned her estranged, alcoholic mother, and the author’s subsequent quest to find the mother she left behind, after emigrating to America and becoming a mother herself"–
    ISBN:9781501193101, “1501193082 : HRD”, “9781501193088 : HRD”


  • NEW BIO VICTORIA, QUEEN 2019
    Worsley, Lucy
    Queen Victoria : Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life
    Summary:"A passionate princess, an astute and clever queen, and a cunning widow, Victoria played many roles throughout her life. In [this book], Lucy Worsley introduces her as a woman leading a truly extraordinary life in a unique time period. Queen Victoria simultaneously managed to define a socially conservative vision of Victorian womanhood, while also defying its conventions. Beneath her exterior image of traditional daughter, wife, and widow, she was a strong-willed and masterful politician. Drawing from the vast collection of Victoria’s correspondence and the rich documentation of her life, Worsley recreates twenty-four of the most important days in Victoria’s life. Each day gives a glimpse into the identity of this powerful, difficult queen and the contradictions that defined her. [This] is an intimate introduction to one of Britain’s most iconic rulers as a wife and widow, mother and matriarch, and above all, a woman of her time."–Dust jacket.
    ISBN:“125020142X (hardcover)”, “9781250201423 (hardcover)”


  • NEW BIO YIP-WILLIAMS, JULIE 2019
    Yip-Williams, Julie
    The unwinding of the miracle : a memoir of life, death, and everything that comes after
    Summary:"Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia by her grandmother, only to then flee the political upheaval of the late 1970s with her family. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon at UCLA gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at age thirty-seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began. The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death. Motherhood, marriage, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, grief, jealousy, anger, comfort, pain, disease–there is simply nothing this book is not about. Growing out of a blog Julie has kept through the past four years of her life (undertaken because she couldn’t find the guidance she needed through her disease), this is the story of a life lived so well, and cut too short. It is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep. With glorious humor, beautiful and bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie Yip-Williams has set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life"–
    ISBN:0525511350, 9780525511359

March Arrivals


    • NEW BIO ARNOLD, KATIE 2019
      Arnold, Katie
      Running home : a memoir
      ISBN:“9780425284667 (Ebook)”, “0425284654 : HRD”, “9780425284650 : HRD”



    • NEW BIO BURNS, WILLIAM 2019
      Burns, William J.
      The back channel : a memoir of American diplomacy and the case for its renewal
      Summary:“Ambassador William J. Burns is the most distinguished and admired American diplomat of the last half century. Over the course of four decades, he played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time–from the bloodless end of the Cold War to post-Cold War relations with Putin’s Russia, from post-9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. In The Back Channel, Burns recounts with vivid detail and incisive analysis some of the seminal moments of his career. He draws on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos to give readers a rare, inside look at American diplomacy in action, and of the people who worked with him. His dispatches from war-torn Chechnya and Qadhafi’s camp in the deserts of Libya and his searing memos warning of the “Perfect Storm” unleashed by the Iraq War will reshape our understanding of history and the policy debates of the future. Burns sketches the contours of effective American leadership in a world that resembles neither the zero-sum Cold War contest of his early years as a diplomat, nor the “unipolar moment” of American primacy that followed.”–
      ISBN:0525508864, 9780525508861





    • NEW BIO DEAN, JANICE 2019
      Dean, Janice
      Mostly sunny : how I learned to keep smiling through the rainiest days
      Summary:But no matter what storms life throws at her, Janice refuses to let setbacks and challenges rain on her parade or cloud her outlook. Thanks to supportive coworkers and an upbeat attitude, she’s mastered turning countless would-be losses into victories. Now, she shares her stories, alternately funny, heartwarming, and touching, in the hopes that they will help others make it through their rainiest days.
      ISBN:0062877577, 9780062877574



    • NEW BIO LOPEZ, BARRY 2019
      Lopez, Barry Holstun
      Horizon
      Summary:Recounts the author’s travels to six regions of the world and the extraordinary encounters with people, animals, and natural elements that shaped his life.
      ISBN:“0394585828 (hardcover)”, “9780394585826 (hardcover)”





    • NEW BIO MIZRAHI, ISAAC 2019
      Mizrahi, Isaac
      I.M. : a memoir
      Summary:A memoir by the multifaceted pop culture icon includes coverage of his experiences as a gay youth in a Syrian Jewish Orthodox family, his education at LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts and the making of his documentary, Unzipped .
      ISBN:“1250074088 (hardcover)”, “9781250074089 (hardcover)”



    • NEW BIO O’CONNER, SANDRA 2019
      Thomas, Evan
      First : Sandra Day O’Connor, an American life
      Summary:“She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her class at law school in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O’Connor’s story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings–doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness. She became the first-ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona State Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the Supreme Court, appointed by Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer’s, O’Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise. Women and men today will be inspired by how to be first in your own life, how to know when to fight and when to walk away, through O’Connor’s example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family and believed in serving her country, who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for the women who followed her”–
      ISBN:“0399589287 (hardback)”, “9780399589287 (hardback)”



    • NEW BIO PURI, SUNITA 2019
      Puri, Sunita
      That good night : life and medicine in the eleventh hour
      Summary:“Dr. Sunita Puri’s parents grew up in urban India, in extreme poverty. Yet they managed not only to reach America, but her mother become a renowned anesthesiologist too. As a young woman, Puri followed her mother into medicine. But as the years of her training passed, Puri began to question medicine’s power. Were patients’ lives being saved, or merely prolonged? Eventually, Puri’s questions led her to palliative care–a new field, one at work translating the border between medical intervention and quality of life care. By helping patients think through radical medical decisions, Puri balanced the pull of her family’s faith and the incessant and sterile push of Western medicine.”–
      ISBN:“0735223319 (hardcover)”, “9780735223318 (hardcover)”



    • NEW BIO RANNELLS, ANDREW 2019
      Rannells, Andrew
      Too much is not enough : a memoir of fumbling toward adulthood
      Summary:“From the star of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon and HBO’s Girls, the heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age memoir of a Midwestern boy surviving bad auditions, bad relationships, and some really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City.”–Publisher’s description.
      ISBN:0525574859, 9780525574859



    • NEW BIO ROBERTS, JOHN 2019
      Roberts, John G.
      The Chief : the life and turbulent times of Chief Justice John Roberts
      Summary:“An incisive biography of the Supreme Court’s enigmatic Chief Justice, taking us inside the momentous legal decisions of his tenure so far. John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005 claiming he would act as a neutral umpire in deciding cases. His critics argue he has been anything but, pointing to his conservative victories on voting rights and campaign finance. Yet he broke from orthodoxy in his decision to preserve Obamacare. How are we to understand the motives of the most powerful judge in the land? In The Chief, award-winning journalist Joan Biskupic contends that Roberts is torn between two, often divergent, priorities: to carry out a conservative agenda, and to protect the Court’s image and his place in history. Biskupic shows how Roberts’s dual commitments have fostered distrust among his colleagues, with major consequences for the law. Trenchant and authoritative, The Chief reveals the making of a justice and the drama on this nation’s highest court.” —
      ISBN:“0465093272 (hardcover)”, “9780465093274 (hardcover)”



    • NEW BIO VAN HERMERT, CAROLINE 2019
      Van Hemert, Caroline
      The sun is a compass : a 4,000-mile journey into the Alaskan wilds
      Summary:Documents the biologist adventurer’s treks in the vast wilderness region spanning the Pacific rainforest through the Alaskan Arctic, where she and her husband tested their physical boundaries while making profound natural-world connections.
      ISBN:0316414425, 9780316414425



    • NEW BIO WINN, RAYNOR 2019
      Winn, Raynor
      The salt path
      Summary:“Just days after Raynor Winn learns that Moth, her husband of thirty-two years, is terminally ill, their house and farm are taken away, along with their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, through Devon and Cornwall. Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea, and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable and life-affirming journey. Powerfully written and unflinchingly honest, The Salt Path is ultimately a portrayal of home–how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways”–
      ISBN:“0143134116 (pbk.) :”, “9780143134114 (pbk.) :”