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Hello, Gorgeous by William J. Mann

The best-selling biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor tells the electrifying story of how Barbra Streisand transformed herself into the greatest star of her era. Mann focuses on Streisand’s breakout years: the early Sixties, when she vaulted from hopeful nobody to the star of Funny Girl on Broadway and singer with three platinum albums. “Theater lovers will swoon.” —Library Journal

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

Neil Young is one of those musicians who seems to transcend time, trends, and generations; he has been loved equally by both of my parents, as well as by my brother and me, and continues to enthrall young music appreciators from all backgrounds as well. Not only is it his music that has appeal, but the man himself is fascinating in his own right. The story of his life, and the events that have highlighted his career and his rise to fame, is one that would be undeniably intriguing to any rock and roll fan, and perhaps the best part is that it comes straight from the source.
Reviewed by: 
Laura

Mick Jagger by Philip Norman

The author of the recent best-selling biography of John Lennon—called a “haunting, mammoth, terrific piece of work” by the New York Times Book Review—is back with the epic life story of one of rock’s supreme icons. Did you know that Mick Jagger was once a “shy economics student”? For those who’ve recently read Keith Richards’ biography, this is the book that will round out your knowledge of the “the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.”
Reviewed by: 
Nici
Mick Jagger By Philip Norman Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780061944857
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Ecco - October 2nd, 2012

Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham

Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Meacham turns his mighty pen to our third president and founding father in his new book. Cutting through the mythology that surrounds Jefferson, Meacham exposes a complex and formidable man with a great love of power and progress. This is a thoroughly researched, beautifully written, and incisive biography that illuminates one of the most important figures in our nation’s history.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power By Jon Meacham Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781400067664
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - November 13th, 2012

Listening In by Caroline Kennedy & Ted Widmer

In July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of Presidential decision making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies, and tactics, John F. Kennedy installed hidden recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room. The result is a priceless historical archive comprising some 265 hours of taped material. The selected recordings on Listening In cover watershed events including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, and Vietnam on two 75-minute CDs.
Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy By Ted Widmer, Caroline Kennedy Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781401324568
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 25th, 2012

The Man Who Saved the Union by H.W. Brands

Best-selling author H. W. Brands (The First American) has written a captivating biography of the Civil War general and two-term president who held the country together at two critical turning points in our history. “A wonderful portrait of a great leader who endured and prevailed in hours of stress and strain. Brands’ U.S. Grant is a compelling figure, a man too often overlooked by history. This book rectifies that with grace and insight.” —Jon Meacham

Across Many Mountains by Yangzom Brauen

Across Many Mountains is a moving portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her 6-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom. “This book paints a vivid picture of Tibetan experience over the last eight decades, one of the most difficult periods in our history. Through the personal stories of three women from one Tibetan family, it recalls the imposition of Chinese rule in Tibet and the subsequent efforts of many Tibetans to preserve their identity and treasured values in exile.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom By Yangzom Brauen Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250012036
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 30th, 2012

The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin

Just in time for the 2012 election, this book is on your required reading list. Starting with how politically conservative Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed President Obama’s inaugural oath, Jeffrey Toobin draws upon his vast experience as a legal analyst and political commentator to show exactly how the Obama administration and the current Supreme Court—and the men who head them—have been at odds, while predicting where and how the conflict will go next. Intelligent and important.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn

And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

Energized by the 2008 elections, artist Maira Kalman set out across America to explore facets of our democracy. From the Lincoln Memorial to Jefferson’s Monticello, from town hall meetings to the Supreme Court, Kalman’s beautiful, colorful paintings and text are simultaneously whimsical and poignant. “[C]reating a work of art that is both political and devoid of cynicism is a tricky prospect. Maira Kalman doesn’t back down, though: her new book is unabashedly optimistic and thoughtful.” —The New Yorker. Absolutely inspiring and one of my favorite books ever.
Reviewed by: 
S.B.
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780143122036
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Penguin Books - October 30th, 2012

Don’t Shoot by David M. Kennedy

This powerful book about one man’s efforts to curb inner-city violence quickly became a staff favorite. Thinking outside the box, Kennedy’s program (adopted by numerous cities around the country) promotes a common understanding between gangsters, law enforcement, social services, and policy makers, and is anchored by two key concepts: legitimacy and communication. We can only hope that Malcolm Gladwell was right when he said, “Don’t Shoot will do for the fight against violence what Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did for the environmental movement a generation ago.” A riveting and inspirational read.
Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America By David M. Kennedy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781608194148
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 2nd, 2012

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