Biographies & Memoirs
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Addie Zierman
Publisher: Convergent Books; Reprint edition (2013, Oct 15th).
In the strange, us-versus-them Christian subculture of the 1990s, a person’s faith was measured by how many WWJD bracelets she wore and whether he had kissed dating goodbye. Evangelical poster child Addie Zierman wore three bracelets asking what Jesus would do. She also led two Bible studies and listened exclusively to Christian music. She was on fire for God and unaware that the flame was dwindling—until it burned out. Addie chronicles her journey through church culture and first love, and her entrance—unprepared and angry—into marriage. When she drops out of church and very nearly her marriage as well, it is on a sea of tequila and depression. She isn’t sure if she’ll ever go back. When We Were on Fire is a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from what is expected to arrive at faith that is not bound by tradition or current church fashion. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Duff McDonald
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2013, Sep 10th).
It ranks among the unquestioned laws of American big business over the last half century: If you want to be taken seriously, you hire McKinsey & Company. FOUNDED IN 1926, McKINSEY CAN LAY CLAIM to the following partial list of accomplishments: its consultants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological change to the nation’s best organizations; they remapped the power structure within the White House; they even revolutionized business schools. In this book, star financial journalist Duff McDonald shows just how, in becoming an indispensable part of decision making at the highest levels, McKinsey has done nothing less than set the course of American capitalism. But he also answers the question that’s on the mind of anyone who has ever heard the word McKinsey: Are they worth it? After all, just as McKinsey can be shown to have helped invent most of the tools of modern management, the company was also involved with a number of striking failures. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Piper Kerman
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; MTI edition (2013, Aug 6th).
NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. moreMore Info | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: David Folkenflik
Publisher: PublicAffairs (2013, Oct 22nd).
Rupert Murdoch is the most significant media tycoon the English-speaking world has ever known. No one before him has trafficked in media influence across those nations so effectively, nor has anyone else so singularly redefined the culture of news and the rules of journalism. In a stretch spanning six decades, he built News Corp from a small paper in Adelaide, Australia into a multimedia empire capable of challenging national broadcasters, rolling governments, and swatting aside commercial rivals. Then, over two years, a series of scandals threatened to unravel his entire creation.Murdoch’s defenders questioned how much he could have known about the bribery and phone hacking undertaken by his journalists in London. But to an exceptional degree, News Corp was an institution cast in the image of a single man. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Tamara Mellon
Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (2013, Oct 1st).
When Tamara Mellon’s father lent her the seed money to start a high-end shoe company, he cautioned her: Don’t let the accountants run your business.” Little did he know. Over the next fifteen years, the struggle between financial” and creative” would become one of the central themes as Mellon’s business savvy, creative eye, and flair for design built Jimmy Choo into a premier name in the competitive fashion industry. Over time, Mellon grew Jimmy Choo into a billion dollar brand. She became the British prime minister’s trade envoy and was honored by the Queen with the Order of the British Empireyet it’s her personal glamour that keeps her an object of global media fascination. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Lisa Colozza CoccaMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Format: Library Binding
Publisher: Crabtree Pub Co (2012, Sep 15th).
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Brad Stone
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2013, Oct 15th).
The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos.Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now. Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech's other elite innovators--Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg--Bezos is a private man. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Wil S. Hylton
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (2013, Nov 5th).
Praised by Robert Kurson, Philipp Meyer, Hampton Sides, Michael Paterniti, and many others "A powerful story, masterfully told."GQ "[A] deeply textured, propulsive new book...a phenomenal writer."TIME.com "Marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells."The Boston Globe "Superb... Part Pacific Theater history, part Indiana Jones thriller."Newsday As featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and The Diane Rehm Show In the fall of 1944, a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the Pacific islands of Palau, leaving a trail of mysteries. According to mission reports from the Army Air Forces, the plane crashed in shallow waterbut when investigators went to find it, the wreckage wasn't there. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Ann Patchett
Format: Deckle Edge]
Publisher: Harper (2013, Nov 5th).
Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments—to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband—creating a resonant portrait of a life in This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage takes us into the very real world of Ann Patchett’s life. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it covers a multitude of topics, including relationships with family and friends, and charts the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.As she shares stories of the people, places, ideals, and art to which she has remained indelibly committed, Ann Patchett brings into focus the large experiences and small moments that have shaped her as a daughter, wife, and writer. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jon Katz
Publisher: Ballantine Books (2013, Nov 5th).
From New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz comes a wise, uplifting, and poignant memoir of finding love against all odds, and the power of second chances for both people and dogs. “I had no idea that Frieda would enter my life and alter it in the most profound way, but that’s one of the beautiful things about animals. They change you, and you almost never see it coming.” In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way: Maria’s dog, Frieda. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability