New Biographies – May 2008

Audition: A Memoir Barbara Walters – The legendary television journalist examines her own life and the many individuals she has known and interviewed.

The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century Steve Coll – The history of the family that within two generations emerged from a poor desert canyon to being oil rich millionaires.

Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World Samantha Power – Mello, the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, was killed in a terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003.

Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers Richard S. Newman – Securing his freedom during the American Revolution, Bishop Allen was a tireless minister, abolitionist and reformer and a very influential figure of the nineteenth century.

The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington Harry Reid – The Senate majority leader recounts the story of his life from very humble beginnings.

Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling Martha Frankel – The author grew up in a warm, loving family of die-hard gamblers, where just about everything was a situation for a bet.

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years Julie Andrews – The story of the famous actress/singer during her childhood in war-torn Britain and to her new stardom in America.

Hope’s Boy Andrew Bridge – At the age of seven, the author was taken from his mother and spent the next decade in foster care. Having graduated from Harvard Law School, he is now an advocate for children’s rights.

I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted: A Memoir Jennifer Finney Boylan – The author, an English professor, grew up in a haunted house in Pennsylvania as a boy who longed to become a girl.

The Last Lecture Randy Pausch – The professor of CMU who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer gave a “last lecture” that was a summation of all that he had come to believe.

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant Alexandra Fuller – The short and tragic life of a Wyoming cowboy who goes to work on an oil rig.

Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter Sidney Poitier – The famous actor and author reflects on his amazing life and offers inspirational advice and personal stories.

A Life with Karol: My Forty-Year Friendship with the Man Who Became Pope Stanislaw Dziwisz – A close-up glimpse into the beloved Pope’s life and the critical events of his papacy.

Madness: A Bipolar Life Marya Hornbacher – At the age of 24, the author was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disorder.

Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de’Medici Miles J. Unger – The uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age was a pivotal figure of the Renaissance.

The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom Simon Winchester – An eccentric Englishman who explored the scientific advances of the Chinese people, is depicted by the author of The Professor and the Madman.

The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the creation of Roget’s Thesaurus Joshua Kendall – At the young age of eight, Roget began his quest to put everything in its rightful place, one word at a time.

Marie-Thérèse, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter Susan Nagel – The remarkable story of the royal child who was imprisoned and orphaned during the French Revolution.

Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration Marcia Ann Gillespie, Rosa Johnson Butler and Richard A. Long– The life story of Dr. Angelou is featured along with numerous photographs and letters from her years as an activist, writer, performer, and teacher.

Never Give In: Battling Cancer in the Senate Arlen Specter – The senator from Pennsylvania tells the story of his work in the senate and as a cancer survivor.

The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News Roger Mudd – A chronicle of the consuming passion for news during this reporter’s career.

The Prince of Frogtown Rick Bragg – The author of All Over but the Shoutin’ and Ava’s Man continues with a tale about fathers and sons.

Shakespeare’s Wife Germaine Greer – The author resets the story of Shakespeare’s marriage in its social context and disputes the negative impression that many authors have assumed about the wife of the Bard.

sTori Telling Tori Spelling – The life of the actress, and daughter of producer Aaron Spelling, who was known for her role in Beverly Hills, 90210.

The Sum of Our Days Isabel Allende – The famous Chilean writer, relates the story of her life after the death of her daughter and shares her thoughts on love, marriage, motherhood, spirituality and memory.

Swallow the Ocean Laura M. Flynn – The author and her two sisters experienced life with a difficult mother who was suffering from schizophrenia.

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father Augusten Burroughs – The author of Running with Scissors returns with a heartbreaking look at life with his father.

Woman of the House: The Rise of Nancy Pelosi Vincent Bzdek – A look at the life and career of the country’s most powerful woman.