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Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike

Jared Orsi · Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 379
Format: Hardcover

It was November 1806. The explorers had gone without food for one day, then two. Their leader, not yet thirty, drove on, determined to ascend the great mountain. Waist deep in snow, he reluctantly turned back. But Zebulon Pike had not been defeated. His name remained on the unclimbed peak-and...
The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane

Richard W. Etulain · University of Oklahoma Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Everyone knows the name Calamity Jane. Scores of dime novels and movie and TV Westerns have portrayed this original Wild West woman as an adventuresome, gun-toting hellion. Although Calamity Jane has probably been written about more than any other woman of the nineteenth-century American...
Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps

Dave Isay · Penguin Press HC, The
Format: Book

A celebration of the relationships that bring us strength, purpose, and joy Ties That Bind honors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history project’s rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate...
SELF-ish: A Transgender Awakening

Chloe Schwenke · Red Hen Press
Pages: 260
Format: Paperback

SELF-ish is a narrative drawn from an international life, beginning with some early glimpses out at the world by a girl in a boy's body. Chloe Schwenke was raised as Stephen in a Marine Corps family, and was sent off at age fourteen to "man-up" at a military academy. Later -- and still...
Girl in a Band: A Memoir

Kim Gordon · Dey Street Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story - a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty...
Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father

Peter Stark · Ecco
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

A vivid and groundbreaking portrait of a young, struggling George Washington that casts a new light on his character and the history of American independence, from the bestselling author of AstoriaTwo decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young...
Morningstar: Growing Up With Books

ANN HOOD · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 186
Format: Hardcover

A memoir about the magic and inspiration of books from a beloved and best-selling author.In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book That Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story...
Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil

Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Seventy years after her grandmother helped hide a Jewish family on a Greek island during World War II, a woman sets out to track down their descendants - and discovers a new way to understand tragedy, forgiveness, and the power of kindness.Yvette Manessis Corporon grew up listening to her grandmother's...
Perfectly Miserable: Guilt, God and Real Estate in a Small Town

Sarah Payne Stuart · Riverhead Hardcover
Format: Book

A wryly comic memoir that examines the pillars of New England WASP culture—class, history, family, money, envy, perfection, and, of course, real estate—through the lens of mothers and daughters. At eighteen, Sarah Payne Stuart fled her mother and all the other disapproving mothers...
On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith · Random House
Format: Hardcover

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE BOSTON GLOBE AND KIRKUS REVIEWSFrom acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive life of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller - one of the most complex and compelling figures of the twentieth century. Fourteen years in the making,...
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Lindy West · Hachette Books
Pages: 260
Format: Print book

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women," Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits SHRILL,...
Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir

Wendy Davis · Blue Rider Press
Format: Hardcover

Wendy Davis has had her share of tough fights. Raised by a single mother with a ninth-grade education, Davis began working after school at age fourteen to contribute to the family finances. By the time she was nineteen, she was living in a trailer park with a baby daughter and holding down...
Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida

Matthew T. Corrigan · University Press of Florida; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

“A timely reminder that Jeb Bush was and remains a deep-dyed conservative who was not reluctant to magnify and use all the powers of his office.”—Martin A. Dyckman, author of Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics   “A detailed look at how Jeb Bush...
The Newcomers: Learning a New Language and Making a New Home in a Place Called America

Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

From an award-winning, "meticulously observant" (The New Yorker) writer comes a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans.The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout...
Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life

Marcus Samuelsson · Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

In this inspirational autobiography, world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his extraordinary story and encourages young people to embrace their mistakes and follow their dreams. Based on his highly praised adult memoir, Yes, Chef, this young adult edition includes an 8-page black-and-white...