Biography & Memoir from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.

 

“Neurologist Oliver Sacks’ empathy and intellectual curiosity, his delight in, as he calls it, ‘joining particulars with generalities’ and, especially, ‘narratives with neuroscience’— have never been more evident than in his beautifully conceived new book, On The Move. This meta memoir, in which Sacks reconsiders aspects of his life and work that he’s written about in a dozen previous books, is remarkably candid and deeply affecting. On The Move is a gift, a message from a writer who, though past 80 and mortally ill, retains the ethos of the handsome stud sitting astride a motorbike on its cover: Stay alive; keep moving.” —The Boston Globe

On the Move: A Life Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385352543
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 28th, 2015

With his homespun style and easy manner, Willie Nelson narrates his wild life—from the cotton fields in Abbott, Texas, to the top of the country music charts; from rags to riches and through tax evasion and “creative” solutions to such problems. Tying it all together is his incredible passion for music and his own personal strain of spiritual awareness. It’s a good book to get lost in, a great primer on the country music scene and many of its iconic figures, and a wonderful way to spend some time with Willie.

Reviewed by: 
Nici
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It's a Long Story: My Life Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316403559
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 5th, 2015

Being a dedicated Trekkie, I was drawn to actress Kate Mulgrew’s memoir for the juicy Trek gossip (it’s minimal, but delicious) and discovered she is quite a fantastic writer. There is an unapologetic honesty she brings to this book that I find absolutely refreshing. Born with Teeth is the survey of Mulgrew’s life that sings with passion and joy, remorse and loss.

Reviewed by: 
Louise
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Born with Teeth: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316334310
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 14th, 2015

Elephants are amazing creatures, and no one believed that more than J. H. “Billy” Williams, who thought so highly of them that he formed a company of elephants in World War II to fight the Japanese in Burma. I very rarely read nonfiction, but I was pulled into the story of Williams and his companion, Bandoola. Full of engaging facts, as well as a testament to the bonds of friendship, this book will intrigue and delight you.

Reviewed by: 
Jax
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Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981650
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade - April 14th, 2015

Elon Musk provides the first inside look into the life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur: the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces the risk-taking entrepreneur’s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.
“This thrilling book will make you want to start a car company, build spaceships, and go to Mars. The only downside is when you eventually remember that you’re not Elon Musk.” —Aaron Levie, CEO of Box

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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062301239
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - May 19th, 2015

Molly Wizenberg’s latest memoir delivers exactly what it promises: a man, a woman, a restaurant, and a marriage. Wizenberg uses her award-winning prose to deliver what is sometimes a brutally honest story, with candid examinations of both herself and her husband Brandon, as they embark together in discovering what a life and future together will be—while also, somewhat inadvertently, endeavoring to launch a high-end pizza restaurant. A fascinating, poignant, and delicious read.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781451655117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 26th, 2015

The “book” came by and I got on/That’s where it all began.

Bill Kreutzmann, original drummer for the Warlocks and a long-time member of the Grateful Dead, takes us on a trip from the front door of his Palo Alto childhood home—where he meets Jerry Garcia as a boy—through the Haight, to his current home in Kauai and points in between. We meet a crazy parade of characters from Neal Cassady to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and the Who. Deal is an absolute pleasure for anyone who still misses the Boys.             

Reviewed by: 
Norbu

Inimitable photographer Sally Mann has written Hold Still with her “intensely seeing eye” fully focused, and it is a masterpiece. Whether addressing her childhood, her work, her storied family history in the South or her immediate family on their beloved farm, she writes assuredly, companionably, clear eyed and laid open. It’s both a beautiful work of art (with many photos) and an intimate glimpse of a remarkable life in process. 

Reviewed by: 
Melinda
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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316247764
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 12th, 2015

 

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