New Arrivals · Biography

September 21, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Passing for human : a graphic memoir

September 20, 2018
Finck, Liana, author, illustrator.
©2018
222 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Passing for Human is what Finck calls 'a neurological coming-of-age story'—one in which, through her childhood, human connection proved elusive and her most enduring relationships were with plants and rocks and imaginary friends; in which her mother was an artist whose creative life had been stifled by an unhappy first marriage and a deeply sexist society that seemed expressly designed to snuff out creativity in women; in which her father was a doctor who struggled in secret with the guilt of having passed his own form of otherness on to his daughter; and in which, as an adult, Finck finally finds her shadow again—and, with it, her true self."--Inside dust jacket.

William Holmes McGuffey : the schoolmaster to our Nation.

September 20, 2018
Crawford, Benjamin Franklin, 1887- author.
Delaware, Ohio, Carnegie Church Press [1963]
105 pages : portrait ; 20 cm
Copies located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection have original blue cloth binding with gold lettering on cover.

Heartland : a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on Earth

September 19, 2018
Smarsh, Sarah, author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
ix, 290 pages ; 22 cm
Dear August -- A penny in a purse -- The body of a poor girl -- A stretch of gravel with wheat on either side -- The shame a country could assign -- A house that needs shingles -- A working-class woman -- The place I was from.
"During Sarah Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to examine the class divide in our country and the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities, and she explores this idea as lived experience, metaphor, and level of consciousness. Born a fifth-generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side, Smarsh grew up in a family of laborers trapped in a cycle of poverty. Whether working the wheat harvest, helping on her dad's construction sites, or visiting her grandma's courthouse job, she learned about hard work. She also absorbed painful lessons about economic inequality. Through her experience growing up as the child of a dissatisfied teenage mother--and being raised predominantly by her grandmother on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita--she gives us a unique, essential look into the lives of poor and working-class Americans living in the middle of our country. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess. "--Dust jacket.

The real Lolita : the kidnapping of Sally Horner and the novel that scandalized the world

September 19, 2018
Weinman, Sarah, author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
xii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: "Had I done to her...?" -- The five-and-dime -- A trip to the beach -- From Wellesley to Cornell -- Sally, at first -- The search for Sally -- Seeds of compulsion -- Frank in shadow -- "A lonely mother waits" -- The prosecutor -- Baltimore -- Walks of death -- Across America by Oldsmobile -- Dallas -- The neighbor -- San Jose -- After the rescue -- A guilty plea -- When Nabokov (really) learned about Sally -- Rebuilding a life -- Lolita progresses -- Weekend in Wildwood -- The note card -- "A darn nice girl" -- LaSalle in prison -- "Gee, Ed, that was bad luck" -- Writing and publishing Lolita -- Connecting Sally Horner to Lolita -- "He told me not to tell" -- Aftermaths -- Epilogue: On two girls named Lolita and Sally.
"In 1948, Sally Horner was just eleven years old when she was kidnapped by a man claiming to be an FBI agent. Seven years later, Vladimir Nabokov published Lolita, perhaps the most seminal novel of the twentieth century. Sarah Weinman's investigation into how the two are connected is a thrilling, heartbreaking mix of literary scholarship and true-crime writing."--back cover.

The challenge culture : why the most successful organizations run on pushback

September 19, 2018
Travis, Nigel, author.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2018]
viii, 270 pages ; 24 cm
The charismatic, accessible, and down-to-earth CEO of Dunkin' Brands (Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins) shows how positive pushback--the discipline of "questioning everything without trashing anyone"--provides a unique, results-oriented way to lead an organization to prosperity.

In pieces : a memoir

September 19, 2018
Field, Sally, author.
©2018
viii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
My grandmother's daughter -- Dick -- Jocko -- Libbit -- What goes up -- That summer -- Gidget -- Get thee to a nunnery -- Wired -- Together -- Second season -- Peter -- Transition -- Culpable -- Hungry -- Sybil -- The bandit -- Treading water -- Norma -- The end of the beginning -- Me, my mother, and Mary Todd -- Epilogue.
One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within. With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.

My year of dirt and water : journal of a Zen monk's wife in japan

September 19, 2018
Franz, Tracy, author
Berkeley, California : Stone Bridge Press, [2018]
307 pages : map ; 22 cm
"In February 2004, when her American husband, a recently ordained Zen monk, leaves home to train for a year at a centuries-old Buddhist monastery, Tracy Franz embarks on her own year of Zen. An Alaskan alone--and lonely--in Japan, she begins to pay attention. My Year of Dirt and Water is a record of that journey. Allowed only occasional and formal visits to see her cloistered husband, Tracy teaches English, studies Japanese, and devotes herself to making pottery. Her teacher instructs her to turn cup after cup--creating one failure after another. Past and present, East and West intertwine as Tracy is twice compelled to return home to Alaska to confront her mother's newly diagnosed cancer and the ghosts of a devastating childhood. Revolving through the days, My Year of Dirt and Water circles hard questions: What is love? What is art? What is practice? What do we do with the burden of suffering? The answers are formed and then unformed--a ceramic bowl born on the wheel and then returned again and again to dirt and water."--Provided by publisher.

Leadership in turbulent times

September 19, 2018
Goodwin, Doris Kearns, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xvi, 473 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Part 1. Ambition and the recognition of leadership. Abraham: "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition" ; Theodore: "I rose like a rocket" ; Franklin: "No, call me Franklin" ; Lyndon: "A steam engine in pants" -- Part 2. Adversity and growth. Abraham Lincoln: "I must die or be better" ; Theodore Roosevelt: "The light has gone out of my life" ; Franklin Roosevelt: "Above all, try something" ; Lyndon Johnson: "The most miserable period of my life" -- Part 3. How they led: man and the times. Transformational leadership: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation ; Crisis management: Theodore Roosevelt and the Coal Strike ; Turnaround leadership: Franklin Roosevelt and the Hundred Days ; Visionary leadership: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights -- Epilogue: Of death and legacy.
"In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders..."--Provided by publisher.

A song for the river

September 17, 2018
Connors, Philip, author.
©2018
227 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
A prayer to the raven -- A hummingbird's kiss -- Birthday for the next forest -- The navel of the world -- A song for the river -- Catechism for a fire lookout.
"From one of the last working fire lookouts comes this sequel to the award-winning Fire Season--a story of calamity and resilience in the world's first Wilderness.A dozen years into his dream job keeping watch over the Gila National Forest of New Mexico, Philip Connors bore witness to the blaze he had always feared: a megafire that forced him off his mountain by helicopter, and forever changed the forest and watershed he loved. It was one of many transformations that arrived in quick succession, not just fire and flood, but the death of a fellow lookout in a freak accident and a tragic plane crash that rocked the community he called home. Beginning as an elegy for a friend he cherished like a brother, A Song for the River opens into a chorus of voices singing in celebration of a landscape redolent with meaning--and the river that runs through it, whose waters are threatened by a potential dam. The ways of water and the ways of fire, the lines tragedy carves on a life, the persistent renewal of green shoots sprouting from ash: these are the subjects of A Song for the River. Its argument on behalf of things wild and free could not be more timely; the goal is nothing less than permanent protection for that rarest of things in the American West, a free-flowing river--the sinuous and gorgeous Gila."--Amazon

Flat : reclaiming my body from breast cancer

September 17, 2018
Guthrie, Catherine, author.
©2018
255 pages ; 24 cm
As a young, queer woman, Catherine Guthrie worked hard to feel at home in her body. However, after years writing about women's health and breast cancer, Guthrie is thrust into the role of the patient after a devastating diagnosis at age thirty-eight. At least, she thinks, I know what I'm up against. She is wrong. In one horrifying moment after another, everything that could go wrong does - the surgeon gives her a double mastectomy but misses the cancerous lump, one of the most effective drug treatments fails, and a doctor's error may have unleashed millions of breast cancer cells into her body. This book is Guthrie's story of how two bouts of breast cancer shook her faith in her body, her relationship, and medicine. Along the way, she challenges the view that breasts are essential to femininity and paramount to a woman's happiness. Ultimately, she traces an intimate portrayal of how cancer reshapes her relationship with Mary, her partner, revealing - in the midst of crisis - a love story. Filled with candor, vulnerability, and resilience, Guthrie upends the "pink ribbon" narrative and offers a unique perspective on womanhood, what it means to be "whole," and the importance of women advocating for their desires. This book is the story of how she found the strength to forge an unconventional path - one of listening to her body - that she'd been on all along.

Outside the wire : ten lessons I've learned in everyday courage

September 13, 2018
Kander, Jason, author.
©2018
xxv, 224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Experience is good, but perspective is golden -- Politics is a profession practiced entirely by amateurs -- Hustle and be humble -- Never lose your inner chinstrap -- Keep it real -- Politics can be completely absurd ; deal with it -- "You live your life with your friends [and family], not your accomplishments" -- Be willing to fail ... publicly -- Make your argument -- "Something's happening here" (in America).
"Barack Obama has called Jason Kander the future of the Democratic Party. A former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, Kander was the first millennial ever elected to statewide office. Today, he is the founder and president of Let America Vote, and a bold new voice in American politics. In OUTSIDE THE WIRE, Jason Kander writes candidly about his life, from joining the military following 9/11, to launching his first political campaign, to becoming the next step in the evolution of the Democratic Party following the 2016 presidential election. Kander's signature outspoken voice is on full display as he guides readers through his own journey from soldier to politician, detailing -- often with a dose of humor -- the lessons he's learned along the way. OUTSIDE THE WIRE is an inspiring and entertaining argument for a life of service, as well as a hopeful vision of America's future as seen through the eyes of one of its most dedicated citizens." -- Publisher's annotation.

They fought alone : the true story of the Starr Brothers, British secret agents in Nazi-occupied France

September 12, 2018
Glass, Charles, 1951- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2018.
xiv, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
An unexpected encounter -- Called to the colors -- A beautiful friendship -- "I was a human being" -- A cursed day -- "It literally rained containers" -- Arrests and arrivals -- Avenue Boche -- Word of honor -- Sabotage -- John's cousin -- Das Reich -- The battle of Castelnau -- The Germans retreat -- "I said 'shit' to de Gaulle" -- Starrs on trial.

The world of yesterday

September 11, 2018
Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942.
©2009
xvi, 472 pages ; 22 cm
Translation of Die Welt von Gestern ©1942 published by Williams Verlag, Zurich.
Foreword -- The world of security -- At school in the last century -- Eros matutinus -- Universitas vitae -- Paris, the city of eternal youth -- Detours on the way to myself -- Beyond Europe -- Brightness and shadow over Europe -- The first hours of the 1914 War -- The fight for international fraternity -- In the heart of Europe -- Going home to Austria -- Out into the world again -- The setting sun -- Incipit Hitler -- The death throes of peace -- Index of names.
The World of Yesterday is the memoir of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. It is considered the most famous book on the Habsburg Empire. He started writing it in 1934 when, anticipating Anschluss and Nazi persecution, he uprooted himself from Austria to England and later to Brazil. He posted the manuscript, typed by his second wife Lotte Altmann, to the publisher the day before they both committed suicide in February 1942. The book describes life in Vienna at the start of the 20th century with detailed anecdotes. It depicts the dying days of Austria-Hungary under Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, including the system of education and the sexual ethics prevalent at the time, the same that provided the backdrop to the emergence of psychoanalysis. Surrounded by the leading literary lights of the epoch, Stefan Zweig draws a vivid and intimate account of his life and travels through Vienna, Paris, Berlin, and London, touching on the very heart of European culture. His passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the edge of extinction. This new translation by award-winning Anthea Bell captures the spirit of Zweig's writing in arguably his most revealing work.

Elizabeth Warren : her fight, her work, her life

September 10, 2018
Felix, Antonia, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2018]
xix, 359 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Hardware, biscuits, and fitting in the soil -- Great expectations -- Tough love -- Harvard calling -- Changing the rules -- The lady from Massachusetts -- She persists.
"Elizabeth Warren's rise as one of America's most powerful women is a stirring lesson in persistence. From her fierce support of the middle class to her unapologetic response to political bullies, Warren is known as a passionate yet plain-speaking champion of equity and fairness. In the wake of one fellow senator's effort to silence her in 2016, three words became a rallying cry across the country: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED. Bestselling author Antonia Felix carries readers from Warren's hardscrabble roots in Norman, Oklahoma, to her career as one of the nation's most distinguished experts on the economics of working Americans. In this breakthrough biography, Felix weaves Warren's personal and professional transformation through the cultural and political themes of her time and reveals never-before-told stories from those who have journeyed with Warren from night-school Harvard Law professor to the halls of power in Washington, DC. Elizabeth Warren is the story of a young woman's coming of age, of the motivations behind her career turnaround toward politics, and of the realities of serving in Congress. And, like all great American stories, Warren's life offers a unique look at how we frame our national identity in a time of deep political and social divides."--Dust jacket.

An American odyssey : the life and work of Romare Bearden

September 10, 2018
Campbell, Mary Schmidt, author.
©2018
xv, 443, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I. Terms of the Debate. Origins -- Harlem: The Promised Land -- The Evolution of a Race Man -- Part II. The Negro Artist's Dilemma. The Making of an American Artist -- Fame and Exile: 1945-1950 -- A Voyage of Discovery: 1950-1960 -- Part III. The Prevalence of Ritual. The Prevalence of Ritual: Part I -- The Prevalence of Ritual Part II -- The Public Romare Bearden.
"One of the most important and underappreciated visual artists of the twentieth century, Romare Bearden started as a cartoonist during his college years and emerged as a painter during the 1930s, at the tail end of the Harlem Renaissance and in time to be part of a significant community of black artists supported by the WPA. Though light-skinned and able to "pass," Bearden embraced his African heritage, choosing to paint social realist canvases of African-American life. After World War II, he became one of a handful of black artists to exhibit in a private gallery-the commercial outlet that would form the core of the American art world's post-war marketplace. Rejecting Abstract Expressionism, he lived briefly in Paris. After he suffered a nervous breakdown, Bearden returned to New York, turning to painting just as the civil rights movement was gaining ground with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education and the Montgomery bus boycott. By the time of the March on Washington in 1963, Bearden had begun to experiment with collage-or Projection, as he called it-the medium for which he would ultimately become famous. In this biography, Mary Schmidt Campbell offers readers an analysis of Bearden's influences and the thematic focus of his mature work. Bearden's work provides a portrait of memory and the African American past; according to Campbell, it also offers a record of the narrative impact of visual imagery in the twentieth century, revealing how the emerging popularity of photography, film and television depicted African Americans during their struggle to be recognized as full citizens of the United States"-- Provided by publisher.

Saving Sarah

September 10, 2018
Murnaghan, Janet, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"When her daughter desperately needed a lung transplant to survive, Janet Murnaghan rallied against the outdated restrictions in healthcare that would limit her daughter's options. Sarah had been dying of cystic fibrosis since the day she was born. The disease quickly ravaged her lungs and little body bit-by-bit. Fragile and frail, she had only weeks to live, when her mom realized the reality of Sarah's situation: transplant laws, restricting access to lungs based on arbitrary age restrictions, meant Sarah's options were limited. The injustice of her daughter's fate spurred Janet to start a public battle against outdated health care regulations and a battle to save Sarah's life. Janet transformed her pain and desperation into a voice for Sarah and other kids using social media as her megaphone with friends and family as Sarah's warriors. How does a family navigate catastrophic illness and life in a hospital, while still maintaining a sense of normalcy? Saving Sarah is a story of hope and courage, and a mother's determination to never give up. It's also the story of how a family--Janet and her husband Fran have three other children, one adopted from Ghana--reacts and adjusts when one of its members is in ongoing crisis"-- Provided by publisher.

Adam Smith : father of economics

September 10, 2018
Norman, Jesse, author.
©2018
xvi, 408 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Part one: Life -- Kirkcaldy boy, 1723-1746 -- "The most useful, happiest and most honourable period of my life", 1746-1759 -- Enlightened interlude, 1760-1773 -- "You are surely to reign alone on these subjects", 1773-1776 -- Working to the end, 1776-1790 -- Part two: Thought -- Reputation, fact and myth -- Smith's economics -- Adam Smith and markets -- Part three: Impact -- Capitalism and its discontents -- The moral basis of commercial society -- Conclusion: Why it matters.

Betty Ford : First Lady, women's advocate, survivor, trailblazer

September 10, 2018
McCubbin, Lisa, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
xvii, 411 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"An intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford, from the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the inspiring story of an ordinary Midwestern girl thrust onto the world stage and into the White House under extraordinary circumstances. Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women, and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo--breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Privately, there were signs something was wrong. After a painful intervention by her family, she admitted to an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her courageous decision to speak out publicly sparked a national dialogue, and in 1982, she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for alcoholism and inspired the modern concept of recovery. Lisa McCubbin also brings to light Gerald and Betty Ford's sweeping love story: from Michigan to the White House, until their dying days, their relationship was that of a man and woman utterly devoted to one another other--a relationship built on trust, respect, and an unquantifiable chemistry. Based on intimate in-depth interviews with all four of her children, Susan Ford Bales, Michael Ford, Jack Ford, and Steven Ford, as well as family friends, and colleagues, Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is a deeply personal, empathic portrait of an outspoken First Lady, who was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. With poignant details and rare insight, McCubbin reveals a fiercely independent woman who had a lively sense of humor, unwavering faith, and an indomitable spirit--the true story behind one of the most admired and influential women of our time"-- Provided by publisher.

Standing our ground : the triumph of faith over gun violence : a mother's story

September 10, 2018
McBath, Lucia Kay, author.
New York, NY : 37 Ink/ATRIA, 2018.
viii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In guns we trust -- Black Friday -- Civil rights baby -- Stones from the river -- Caregiver -- Paper boat -- Finding faith -- Love again -- Fast traps -- A hard choice -- Premonition -- Loud music -- The right to exist -- A wider lens -- Every mom -- A long-held secret -- The color of justice -- A jury of his peers -- God, the protector -- Hope dealers -- Say their names -- Epilogue : the letter.
"From the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and leading gun violence prevention advocate comes the riveting memoir of a mother's loss and call to action, as well as a faith-based exploration of how the nation's gun laws put a deadly target on American lives"-- Provided by publisher.

Perfectly clear : escaping Scientology and fighting for the woman I love

September 7, 2018
LeClair, Michelle, author.
New York : Berkley, 2018.
xii, 289 pages ; 22 cm
For years, Michelle LeClair, former President of Scientology's international humanitarian organization, tried to reconcile her sexual orientation with the anti-gay ideology of the church. Michelle finally ends her horrific marriage, finds the love of her life, a woman, and ultimately leaves the Church. But the split comes at a terrible price. Her once pristine reputation is publicly dragged through the mud, the police raid her home, her ex-husband tries to gain full custody of their children, and the multi-million dollar business she built from scratch is utterly destroyed. In this tell-all memoir, Michelle offers an insider's perspective on Scientology's pervasive influence, secret rituals, and ruthless practices for keeping members in line. It's a story of self-acceptance, of finding the strength and courage to stand up for your emotional freedom, and of love prevailing.-- Amazon

Criminal women 1850-1920 : researching the lives of female criminals in Britain and Australia

September 7, 2018
Williams, Lucy, (Lucy E.), author.
©2018
vi, 205 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.

The man I never met : a memoir

September 6, 2018
Schefter, Adam, author.
©2018
196 pages ; 22 cm
"On September 11, 2001, Joe Maio went to work in the north tower of the World Trade Center. He never returned, leaving behind a wife, Sharri, and 15-month old son, Devon. Five years later, Sharri remarried, and Devon welcomed a new dad into his life For thousands, the whole country really, 9/11 is a day of grief. For Adam and Sharri Maio Schefter and their family it's not just a day of grief, but also hope. This is a story of 9/11, but it's also the story of 9/12 and all the days after. Life moved on. Pieces were picked up. New dreams were dreamed. The Schefters are the embodiment of that."--Provided by publisher

The Browns of California : the family dynasty that transformed a state and shaped a nation

September 6, 2018
Pawel, Miriam, 1958- author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
x, 483 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
The mansion -- The pioneer -- The Paris of America -- The yell leader -- The Roosevelt Democrat -- Forest Hill -- The governor and the seminarian -- Fiat lux -- Down but not out -- "Water for people for living" -- The turbulent term -- The Browns of Los Angeles -- The candidate -- The new spirit -- Jerry and Cesar -- To the moon and back -- The fall -- Winter soldiers -- A different shade of Brown -- Oakland ecopolis -- Son of Sacramento -- Second chances -- Fiat lux, redux -- Past as prologue -- The mountain house.
"Four generations of the Brown family as a prism through which we view the history of the Union's thirty-first state. Through the family's colorful and significant principal players that is essential to understanding California and the way it shapes the nation. This book gives new insights to those steeped in California history, offers a corrective for those who confuse stereotypes and legend for history, and opens new vistas for readers familiar with only the sketchiest outlines of a place habitually viewed from afar with a mix of envy and awe, disdain, and fascination"--Provided by publisher.

Live long and-- what I learned along the way

September 6, 2018
Shatner, William, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2018.
214 pages : 22 cm
A fortunate life -- The show must go on -- A passion for passions -- An emotional appeal -- The basic ingredients: health and (some) wealth -- My curious quest for adventure -- Working to find happiness -- Relationships are not all relative -- My principal beliefs -- Where does time go?.
"I have always felt," William Shatner says early in his newest memoir, that "like the great comedian George Burns, who lived to 100, I couldn't die as long as I was booked." And Shatner is always booked. Still, a brief health scare in 2016 forced him to take stock. After mulling over the lessons he's learned, the places he's been, and all the miracles and strange occurrences he's witnessed over the course of an enduring career in Hollywood and on the stage, he arrived at one simple rule for living a long and good life: don't die. It's the only one-size-fits-all advice, Shatner argues in Live Long and..:What I Learned Along the Way, because everyone has a unique life--but, to help us all out, he's more than willing to share stories from his unique life. With a combination of pithy humor and thoughtful vulnerability, Shatner lays out his journey from childhood to peak stardom and all the bumps in the road. (Sometimes the literal road, as in the case of his 2,400-mile motorcycle trip across the country with a bike that didn't function.) William Shatner is one of our most beloved entertainers, and he intends never to stop entertaining. His funny, provocative, and poignant reflections offer an unforgettable read about a remarkable man.

The improbable Wendell Willkie : the businessman who saved the Republican Party and his country, and conceived a new world order

September 6, 2018
Lewis, David L., 1936- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W.W. Norton and Company, 2018.
xvi, 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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