Biography & Memoir from the 2016 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2016 Winter Newsletter.

Because of her no-nonsense, eloquent speeches and her civil rights–minded court rulings, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of my heroes. This collection of writings, selected and introduced by Ginsburg and her authorized biographers, is filled with life stories and opinions on everything from gender equality to lawyers in opera. It gives us a glimpse into Ginsburg’s life, beliefs, and witty sense of humor and has a good doseof wisdom. —Flannery

 

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My Own Words Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501145247
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 4th, 2016

If you wonder what any new book can add to the story of Al Capone, this one might surprise you. It looks at the man behind the legend through a new perspective—that of his family. Written with the full cooperation of his surviving family, this engrossing book explores Capone’s life and legacy through the eyes of the people who loved him. It’s the story we know, but with new layers and depths. —Flannery

 

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Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385537155
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 25th, 2016

Paul Brinkley-Rogers is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author best known for his journalism as a war correspondent. Now retired, he has written a more personal story, one that he waited a half century to tell. At 19, as a sailor aboard the USS Shangri-La, stationed in Japan shortly after the United States had dropped its nuclear bombs, he met Kaji Yukiko, a Japanese woman 10 years his senior. With her, he saw firsthand the complexity of the effects of the war as well as the complexity of a redemptive love without a happy ending. This poignant memoir bridges time, culture, and distance. This quiet and vivid memoir is one of the best I have read in years. —S.M.C.

 

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Please Enjoy Your Happiness: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501151255
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Published: Touchstone - August 2nd, 2016

I’ve loved Hannah Hart since she first appeared on my computer screen, a little tipsy and attempting to make ice cream from scratch. Since then we have both grown a lot, although only one of us has been catapulted into Internet stardom. I look forward this book of essays and to continuing to learn from this incredibly inspiring woman. —Jax

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Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062457516
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 18th, 2016

Tracy Kidder lends his seamless nonfiction style to the fascinating story of one odd kid from working-class Boston who amassed a fortune in the beginning days of start-up mania. Paul English sold Kayak.com to Priceline for $1.8 billion and immediately started giving all the proceeds away. Kidder’s latest book captures English’s eccentric business techniques, his genius intuition that leads him to success, and his magnetic but often troubled persona, staggered as his life is by the ups and downs of bipolar disorder.   —Julia

 

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A Truck Full of Money Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812995244
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2016

While I miss Jon Stewart, I’m enjoying the foreigner’s perspective that Trevor Noah brings to The Daily Show. Growing up in South Africa during apartheid meant that Noah’s very existence—the son of a white man and a black woman—was a crime. Poignant and hilarious, often at the same time, this memoir charts his life from childhood, offering insight into the life of the man behind the desk.  —Flannery

 

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399588174
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 15th, 2016

Ryan Speedo Green and opera were perhaps the most unlikely of combinations. The one, from a background of poverty and daily casual violence; the other, an ancient, venerated, sometimes abstract artform that, by design or happenstance, is still radically undiverse. Daniel Bergner pulls together the parallel stories of a poor black boy’s upbringing and unlikely coming to music, and the talented black man determined to become an artistic star. Inspiring, honest, heartbreaking—a true human story.  —Jocelyn

 

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Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316300674
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - September 27th, 2016

Elissa Altman, Washington Post columnist and James Beard Award–winning author of Poor Man’s Feast, has written a beautiful and powerful memoir about seeking truth, acceptance, and self in a world of confusion. From bacon breakfasts before visits to her Orthodox paternal grandparents, to her beloved, food-loving father and glamorous, self-starving mother, Altman’s childhood was filled with contradiction, as well as love. It took her decades to find her true self, but she eventually came to realize that neat categories do not exist in life. Like many, she is treyf: imperfect and rule-breaking.  —S.B.

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TREYF: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425277812
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Published: Berkley - September 20th, 2016

 

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