Back Biographies & Memoirs | November Newsletter

SelectReads News
Simple News Pro
  Biographies & Memoirs  
The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America

John F. Kasson · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 308
Format: Hardcover

How the smile and fortitude of a child actress revived a nation. Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily; she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers: from a black...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Marc N Peyser · Nan A. Talese / Doubleday
Pages: 332
Format: Print book

A lively and provocative double biography of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, two extraordinary women whose tangled lives provide a sweeping look at the twentieth century. When Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, his beautiful and flamboyant daughter...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Family of Jesus

Karen Kingsbury · Howard Books
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

America's favorite inspirational novelist offers a fictional view of six of the family members of Jesus, all anchored by Scriptural truth, creating a life-changing and unprecedented emotional connection to the Bible.Through The Family of Jesus, readers will develop an emotional connection...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Leaving Before the Rains Come

Alexandra Fuller · Penguin Press
Pages: 258
Format: Print book

New York Times Bestseller"One of the gutsiest memoirs I've ever read. And the writing--oh my god the writing." --Entertainment Weekly A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller's...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Jefferson's America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation

Julie M Fenster · Crown
Pages: 432
Format: Print book

The surprising story of how Thomas Jefferson commanded an unrivaled age of American exploration - and in presiding over that era of discovery, forged a great nation. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

JENIFER LEWIS · Amistad
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

The "Mega Diva" and legendary star of Black-ish looks back on her memorable journey to fame and the unforgettable life lessons she learned along the way.Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a mid-western girl with a dream whose journey from poverty...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Robin

Dave Itzkoff · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 544
Format: Hardcover

From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies

Lawrence Goldstone · Ballantine Books,
Pages: 428
Format: Print book

From acclaimed historian Lawrence Goldstone comes a thrilling narrative of courage, determination, and competition: the story of the intense rivalry that fueled the rise of American aviation. The feud between this nation's great air pioneers, the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Plain Choice: A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life

Sherry Gore · Zondervan
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback

Raised in a broken family and emotionally overlooked, Sherry Gore grew up without a solid foundation, a prisoner of her own poor choices, and at times without hope. A series of terrible mistakes left her feeling wrecked and alone and a sudden tragedy threw Sherry into an emotional tailspin...
Read More check catalog
 
 
The Phantom Killer: Unlocking the Mystery of the Texarkana Serial Murders: The Story of a Town in Terror

James Presley · Pegasus; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Set in the rowdy, often lawless town of Texarkana shortly after WWII, The Phantom Killer is the history of the most puzzling unsolved cases in the United StatesThe salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana's "lovers lanes" in seemingly idyllic post-WWII...
Read More check catalog
 
 
We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That are Funny, Complicated, and True

GABRIELLE UNION · Dey Street Books
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"A book of essays as raw and honest as anyone has ever produced." - Lena Dunham, Lenny LetterIn the spirit of Amy Poehler's Yes Please, Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation

Grant Wacker · Belknap Press
Format: Hardcover

During a career spanning sixty years, the Reverend Billy Grahams resonant voice and chiseled profile entered the living rooms of millions of Americans with a message that called for personal transformation through Gods grace. How did a lanky farm kid from North Carolina become an evangelist...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3

Robert Matzen · Paladin Communications

This fresh look at Hollywoods Queen of Screwball, Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombards husband,...
Read More check catalog
 
 
Diary of a Mad Diva

Joan Rivers · Berkley Pub Group
Pages: 289
Format: Print book

Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified - who the hell does Melissa think she is? That...
Read More check catalog