Adult New Arrivals – Biography

August Arrivals


    • NEW BIO BROOM, SARAH 2019
      Broom, Sarah M.
      Yellow house
      Summary:The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the “Big Easy” of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.
      ISBN:“0802125085 (hardcover)”, “9780802125088 (hardcover)”



    • NEW BIO FORD, HENRY 2019
      Guinn, Jeff
      The vagabonds : the story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s ten-year road trip
      Summary:“A brilliant portrait of two American giants, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, and America entering the automobile age, told through the fascinating but little-known narrative of the summer road trips taken by Edison and Ford”–
      ISBN:“1501159305 (hardcover)”, “9781501159305 (hardcover)”



    • NEW BIO KENNEDY, JOHN JR. 2019
      Gillon, Steven M.
      America’s reluctant prince : the life of John F. Kennedy Jr.
      Summary:“Through the lens of their decades-long friendship and including exclusive interviews and details from previously classified documents, noted historian and New York Times bestselling author Steven M. Gillon examines John F. Kennedy Jr.’s life and legacy from before his birth to the day he died. Gillon covers the highs, the lows, and the surprising incidents, viewpoints, and relationships that John never discussed publicly, revealing the full story behind JFK Jr.’s complicated and rich life. In the end, Gillon proves that John’s life was far more than another tragedy–rather, it’s the true key to understanding both the Kennedy legacy and how America’s First Family continues to shape the world we live in today.”
      ISBN:“1524742384 (hc)”, “9781524742386 (hc)”



    • NEW BIO KIPLING, RUDYARD 2019
      Benfey, Christopher E. G.
      If : the untold story of Kipling’s American years
      Summary:“Rudyard Kipling once towered over not just English literature, but indeed the entire literary world. In 1907, at just forty-two, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming its youngest winner and the first in the English language. Today, however, when he is read, if indeed he is read at all, it is regarding the history of colonial India, his birthplace and the setting of some his most famous work, and to a lesser extent England, his ancestral home. But, in fact, Kipling’s most prodigious and creative period took place in America, which was also his preferred home. It was here, on the crest of a Vermont hillside overlooking the Connecticut River, that Kipling wrote both The Jungle Book and Captains Courageous. And here where his ascent to fame was most rapid. Almost certainly, he would have stayed in the United States, understanding himself not just to be an American but a particularly American artist, had a family dispute not forced his departure in 1896. Steeped in the history of the Gilded Age, Christopher Benfey brings to life in fresh revelatory detail American Kipling, tracing a great but today deeply unfashionable writer’s intense personal, political, and artistic involvement with the United States. He offers an overdue reminder of Kipling’s extraordinary influence in his own lifetime, as well as a compelling portrait of the American artists and writers he both influenced and was influence by, including William James and, in particular, Mark Twain–who Kipling sought out specifically as kindred spirit when he first arrived, and before long had eclipsed in literary fame and critical estimation. Intertwining biography, criticism, and history, IF restores judiciously a true story of great American artistry”–
      ISBN:“073522143X (hardback)”, “9780735221437 (hardback)”



    • NEW BIO MARSHALL, GEORGE 2019
      Roll, David L.
      George Marshall : Defender of the Republic
      Summary:“The extraordinary career of George Catlett Marshall–America’s most distinguished soldier-statesman since George Washington–whose selfless leadership and moral character influenced the course of two world wars and helped define the American century. Winston Churchill called him World War II’s “organizer of victory.” Harry Truman said he was “the greatest military man that this country ever produced.” Today, in our era of failed leadership, few lives are more worthy of renewed examination than Marshall and his fifty years of loyal service to the defense of his nation and its values. Even as a young officer he was heralded as a genius, a reputation that grew when in WWI he planned and executed a nighttime movement of more than a half million troops from one battlefield to another that led to the armistice. Between the wars he helped modernize combat training, and re-staffed the U.S. Army’s officer corps with the men who would lead in the next decades. But as WWII loomed, it was the role of army chief of staff in which Marshall’s intellect and backbone were put to the test, when his blind commitment to duty would run up against the realities of Washington politics. Long seen as a stoic, almost statuesque figure, he emerges in these pages as a man both remarkable and deeply human, thanks to newly discovered sources. Set against the backdrop of five major conflicts–two world wars, Palestine, Korea, and the Cold War–Marshall’s education in military, diplomatic, and political power, replete with their nuances and ambiguities, runs parallel with America’s emergence as a global superpower. The result is a defining account of one of our most consequential leaders”–
      ISBN:“110199097X (hardback)”, “9781101990971 (hardback)”



    • NEW BIO RAHR, GUIDO 2019
      Malarkey, Tucker
      Stronghold : one man’s quest to save the world’s wild salmon
      Summary:“Stronghold tells the story of Guido Rahr, a passionate and eccentric environmentalist who has single-mindedly dedicated his life to saving the environment, working to preserve the world’s last pristine stronghold (habitat) for salmon in Russia’s Far East–a landscape of ecological richness and diversity that is rapidly being developed for oil, gas, minerals, and timber in the Putin era. A high school drop-out and rebel more at home in the natural world among animals than among people, Rahr is a passionate fly fisher. His preternatural ability to understand the fish he was catching led him to fear for their future. What he came to understand is that the fate of the salmon is linked with the fate of humanity, as they contribute in essential ways to our ownhabitat. Deeply reported and beautifully written, Malarkey’s book reveals the astonishing natural history of the salmon, while also providing a fascinating narrative that takes the reader to remote, inhospitable terrain and into the world of Russian oligarchs, corrupt officials, and impenetrable bureaucracies–as well as bringing us as close as possible to an extraordinary species of endangered fish. It is also a personal book in that Malarkey is Rahr’s first cousin and spent her summers with him on their family’s cabins in the wilds of Oregon. She has accompanied Rahr on many of his expeditions and knows this elusive, private, brilliant man as few do–
      ISBN:“9781984801708 (ebook)”, “1984801694 : HRD”, “9781984801692 : HRD”



    • NEW BIO RENKL, MARGARET 2019
      Renkl, Margaret
      Late migrations : a natural history of love and loss
      Summary:“Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents–her exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father–and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver.–publisher.
      ISBN:“1571313788 (hardcover)”, “9781571313782 (hardcover)”