Biographies & Memoirs
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Peter Falk
Publisher: Carroll & Graf; 1St Edition edition (2006, Aug 23rd).
In Just One More Thing Peter Falk — award-winning actor — takes us behind-the-scenes into his professional and private life. Starting in Hartford, where he worked as a management analyst for the Connecticut State Budget Bureau., Falk was no more successful than at an earlier attempt to work with the CIA. He then turned to an old college interest: acting. Falk came to prominence in 1956 in the successful Off-Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh. Although he worked continuously for the next three years, a theatrical agent advised him not to expect much work in motion pictures because of his glass eye. Surgeons had removed his right eye, along with a malignant tumor, when he was three years old.But in 1958, Falk landed his first movie, Murder Incorporated, and was nominated for an Oscar. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Dale Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (2006, Nov 15th).
From the Publisher [T]his book captures the spirit of a remarkable woman in science. Library Journal Starred A loving depiction of a remarkable woman who charmed the world as much as it captivated her. Kirkus Reviews, Starred Peterson vividly and significantly enriches our understanding of Goodall as a scientist, spiritual thinker, and humanist. Booklist, ALA, Starred Review Biography of a most impressive primate. The San Diego Union-Tribune Deborah Blum… the biography transcends its rather awestruck beginning and grows, detail by detail, into an absorbing portrait. At its best, it provides a remarkable account of what a person can accomplish through courage and self-sacrifice — and a reminder of how few of us are willing to commit our lives to such an extent. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: David Henry
Publisher: Algonquin Books (2013, Nov 5th).
Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor’s performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn’t just new--it was heretofore unthinkable.His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive. Yet the culture into which Richard Pryor was born--his mother was a prostitute; his grandmother ran the whorehouse--helped him evolve into one of the most innovative and outspoken performers ever, a man who attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. Both a brilliant comedian and a very astute judge of what he could get away with, Pryor was always pushing the envelope, combining anger and pathos, outrage and humor, into an art form, laying the groundwork for the generations of comedians who followed, including such outstanding performers as Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Louis C. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mary Ellen Stepanich
Publisher: AbbottPress (2013, Jun 5th).
Author Mary Ellen Stepanich, with tongue firmly in cheek, answers the question, "How do you turn a normal, happy-go-lucky, poor, small-town girl of the Midwest into a push-me-pull-me, multi-married, mass-of-inner-conflicts schizophrenic" In her memoir, she shares the personal (and mostly true) story of her family's dysfunction. The eldest daughter of the family, she started out as an average, happy, and innocent little girl. Her voice was soon crushed, however, by disastrous value programming-the tacit and implicit lessons taught by parents, teachers, peers, relatives, and even the geographical and cultural environment. These learned values can become immutable unless the person receiving them can finally recognize that these behaviors do not benefit their lives-and then boldly choose to ignore them. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Susan Gregory Thomas
Publisher: Random House (2011, Jul 12th).
“For most of my generation—Generation X—there is only one question: ‘When did your parents split?’ Our lives have been framed by the answer. Ask us. We remember everything.” In this powerful, poignant, and often laugh-out-loud-funny memoir, Susan Gregory Thomas reflects on that life-defining question and its answer through a lens imprinted by memory and sharpened by time.Raised in Berkeley, Thomas grew up in a seemingly stable household. But when the family moved east when she was twelve, her father, a charming alcoholic, ran off with his secretary, and her mother collapsed. Thomas and her younger brother joined the ubiquitous flocks of 1980s latchkey kids: collateral damage in their parents’ wars, sustaining private injuries they would try to self-treat throughout adolescence and adulthood. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Chester Nez
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (2011, Sep 6th).
The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII-includes the actual Navajo Code and rare photos. Although more than 400 Navajos served in the military during World War II as top-secret code talkers, even those fighting shoulder to shoulder with them were not told of their covert function. And, after the war, the Navajos were forbidden to speak of their service until 1968, when the code was finally declassified. Of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, Chester Nez is the only one still alive. The original twenty-nine were the men who first devised the code, then proved it indispensable in combat.In this memoir, the ninety-year-old Nez chronicles both his war years and his life growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation - the hard life that gave him the strength, both physical and mental, to become a Marine. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Michael Hingson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (2011, Aug 2nd).
Faith. Trust. Triumph. "I trust Roselle with my life, every day. She trusts me to direct her. And today is no different, except the stakes are higher." ―Michael Hingson First came the boom―the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly leaned to the south. On the seventy-eighth floor of the World Trade Center's north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one had information about what had happened at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001―what should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see out the windows: smoke and fire and millions of pieces of burning paper and other debris falling through the air. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Ann Rule
Publisher: Pocket Books (2011, Nov 29th).
I’LL BE WATCHING YOU Walking home on a dark night, you hear footsteps coming up behind you. As they get closer, your heart pounds harder. Who is closing in with dangerous intent—a total stranger? Or someone you know and trust? The answer is as simple as turning around, but don’t look behind you . . . run. Ann Rule, who shared her own nerve-jangling account of unknowingly befriending sadistic sociopath Ted Bundy in The Stranger Beside Me, chronicles other fateful encounters with the hidden predators among us in this riveting collection, fifteenth in the bestselling series drawn from her personal files. First in line is a stunning case that spanned thirty years and took a determined detective to four states—ending, finally, in Alaska—where he unraveled not one but two murders. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability