biographies

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A marvelous life

the amazing story of Stan Lee
2019
A biography of comic book creator, Stan Lee, who co-created some well-known comic superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and the Avengers.

Empire of pain

the secret history of the Sackler dynasty
2021
Presents a portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, who built their fortune on the sale of Valium and later sponsored the creation and marketing of one of the most commonly prescribed and addictive painkillers of the opioid crisis.

Chance the Rapper

making music and giving back
2020
Shares the life and career of Chance the Rapper, rap musician.

Drake

acting and rapping to the top
2020
A biography of Canadian hip-hop singer and actor Drake covering his early life, his career in music and television, and his charitable work.

Before she was Harriet

2019
"Moses, General Tubman, Minty, Araminta, the woman we know today as Harriet Tubman went by many names. Each represented one of her many roles as a spy, as a liberator, as a suffragist, and more."--Provided by publisher.

William Kamkwamba

powering his village
2017
"Imagine your family had to choose between sending you to school or having enough food to eat. This book tells how William Kamkwamba was forced to drop out of his school in Wimbe, Malawi, when a famine struck his village and his family, who relied on farming, could no longer afford his tuition fee. Instead of giving up on his education, William visited his local library often. It was here that he read a book about wind power. At the age of 14, William used what he learned from the book to build a windmill that brought power to his family's home. He has since built his village's first drinking water pump. William's ingenuity, perseverance, and initiative are an inspiration to many people around the world."--Provided by publisher.

Crispus Attucks

2021
"How much do you know about Crispus Attucks? Find out the facts you need to know about the first person killed in America's fight for independence. You'll learn about the early life, challenges, and major accomplishments of this important American"--Provided by the publisher.

Madame President

the extraordinary journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
2017
"[Presents a] biography of Africa's first female president and 2011 Nobel Prize winner ... Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (b. 1938), a woman of spectacular political achievement"--Provided by publisher.

Chasing Hillary

Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
2018
"For nearly a decade, award-winning New York Times journalist Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton's pursuit of the presidency. Chozick's assignments, covering Clinton's imploding 2008 campaign and then her front-row seat to the 2016 election on "The Hillary Beat," set off a years-long journey in which the formative years of Chozick's twenties and thirties became, both personally and professionally, intrinsically intertwined with Clinton's presidential ambitions. As Clinton tried, and twice failed, to shatter "that highest, hardest glass ceiling," Chozick was trying, with various fits and starts, to scale the highest echelons of American journalism. In this rollicking, hilarious narrative, Chozick takes us through the high- (and low-) lights of the most noxious and dramatic presidential election in American history. Chozick's candor and clear-eyed perspective--from her seat on the Hillary bus and reporting from inside the campaign's Brooklyn headquarters to her run-ins with Donald J. Trump--provide fresh intrigue and insights into the story we thought we all knew. This is the real story of what happened, with the kind of dishy, inside details that repeatedly surprise and enlighten. But Chasing Hillary is also the unusually personal and moving memoir of how Chozick came to understand Clinton not as an unknowable enigma and political animal, but as a complete, complex person, full of contradictions and forged in the crucible of political battles that had long predated Chozick's years covering her. And as Chozick gets engaged, married, buys an apartment, climbs the professional ladder, and inquires about freezing her eggs so she can have children after the 2016 campaign, she dives deeper into decisions Clinton had made at similar points in her early career. In the process, Chozick develops an intimate understanding of what drives Clinton, how she accomplished what no woman had before, and why she ultimately failed. Chozick also reveals how the social fissures in the electorate that drove angry voters to Trump and blindsided Clinton would unexpectedly bring out the tensions in Chozick's own life--between the red state she came from and the blue state she ended up in, and her desire to climb in her career as a woman but be treated no differently than a man. Clinton's shocking defeat would mark the end of the almost imperial hold she'd had on Chozick for most of her professional life. But the results also make Chozick question everything she'd worked so hard for in the first place. Political journalism had failed. The elite world Chozick had tried for years to fit in with had been rebuffed. The less qualified, bombastic man had triumphed (as they always seem to do), and Clinton had retreated to the woods in Chappaqua, finally comfortable enough to just walk, no makeup, no pants suit, showing the real person Chozick had spent years hoping to see. Illuminating, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, Chasing Hillary is a campaign book unlike any other that reads like a fast-moving political novel"--Dust jacket.

The ghost

the secret life of CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton
2017
A biography of CIA chief, James Angleton, and how this hidden chapter of history shaped America's national destiny.

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