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Biography & Memoir from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.


On the Move by Oliver Sacks

“Neurologist Oliver Sacks’ empathy and intellectual curiosity, his delight in, as he calls it, ‘joining particulars with generalities’ and, especially, ‘narratives with neuroscience’— have never been more evident than in his beautifully conceived new book, On The Move. This meta memoir, in which Sacks reconsiders aspects of his life and work that he’s written about in a dozen previous books, is remarkably candid and deeply affecting. On The Move is a gift, a message from a writer who, though past 80 and mortally ill, retains the ethos of the handsome stud sitting astride a motorbike on its cover: Stay alive; keep moving.” —The Boston Globe

On the Move: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385352543
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - April 28th, 2015

It’s a Long Story by Willie Nelson

With his homespun style and easy manner, Willie Nelson narrates his wild life—from the cotton fields in Abbott, Texas, to the top of the country music charts; from rags to riches and through tax evasion and “creative” solutions to such problems. Tying it all together is his incredible passion for music and his own personal strain of spiritual awareness. It’s a good book to get lost in, a great primer on the country music scene and many of its iconic figures, and a wonderful way to spend some time with Willie.

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It's a Long Story: My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316403559
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 5th, 2015

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Being a dedicated Trekkie, I was drawn to actress Kate Mulgrew’s memoir for the juicy Trek gossip (it’s minimal, but delicious) and discovered she is quite a fantastic writer. There is an unapologetic honesty she brings to this book that I find absolutely refreshing. Born with Teeth is the survey of Mulgrew’s life that sings with passion and joy, remorse and loss.

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Born with Teeth: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316334310
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 14th, 2015

Elephant Company by Vicki Croke

Elephants are amazing creatures, and no one believed that more than J. H. “Billy” Williams, who thought so highly of them that he formed a company of elephants in World War II to fight the Japanese in Burma. I very rarely read nonfiction, but I was pulled into the story of Williams and his companion, Bandoola. Full of engaging facts, as well as a testament to the bonds of friendship, this book will intrigue and delight you.

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Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save  Lives in World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812981650
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk provides the first inside look into the life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur: the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces the risk-taking entrepreneur’s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.
“This thrilling book will make you want to start a car company, build spaceships, and go to Mars. The only downside is when you eventually remember that you’re not Elon Musk.” —Aaron Levie, CEO of Box

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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062301239
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ecco - May 19th, 2015

Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

Molly Wizenberg’s latest memoir delivers exactly what it promises: a man, a woman, a restaurant, and a marriage. Wizenberg uses her award-winning prose to deliver what is sometimes a brutally honest story, with candid examinations of both herself and her husband Brandon, as they embark together in discovering what a life and future together will be—while also, somewhat inadvertently, endeavoring to launch a high-end pizza restaurant. A fascinating, poignant, and delicious read.

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Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451655117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 26th, 2015

Deal by Bill Kreutzmann

The “book” came by and I got on/That’s where it all began.

Bill Kreutzmann, original drummer for the Warlocks and a long-time member of the Grateful Dead, takes us on a trip from the front door of his Palo Alto childhood home—where he meets Jerry Garcia as a boy—through the Haight, to his current home in Kauai and points in between. We meet a crazy parade of characters from Neal Cassady to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and the Who. Deal is an absolute pleasure for anyone who still misses the Boys.             

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Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250033796
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 5th, 2015

Hold Still by Sally Mann

Inimitable photographer Sally Mann has written Hold Still with her “intensely seeing eye” fully focused, and it is a masterpiece. Whether addressing her childhood, her work, her storied family history in the South or her immediate family on their beloved farm, she writes assuredly, companionably, clear eyed and laid open. It’s both a beautiful work of art (with many photos) and an intimate glimpse of a remarkable life in process. 

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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316247764
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 12th, 2015

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