Biography

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (USED)

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (USED)

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If you enjoy the travel journals of adventurers like Gertrude Bell and Freya Stark, take a trek through the Rocky Mountains with Isabella Bird. This account is a collection of letters written by Englishwoman Isabella Bird to her sister Henrietta in 1873. Traveling mostly solo on horseback, the rugged trail is always a challenge, rewarded by the views and the characters she meets. Bird's descriptions of people are better than her description of the trail, but she ponders the vista like any traveler, and her use of numbers in describing distance, elevation, scale, temperature, and even time, are remarkable for an off-grid life. Living for a couple months in Estes Park, Colorado, the story gets more interesting with a steady cast of characters, including the notorious but intriguing one-eyed desperado "Mountain Jim," with whom Bird finds a welcome camaraderie. [HRL]

A Special Time A Special Place

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Ancestor Trouble

Ancestor Trouble

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"Extraordinary and wide-ranging . . . a literary feat that simultaneously builds and excavates identity."--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)

Roxane Gay's Audacious Book Club Pick - Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize - An acclaimed writer goes searching for the truth about her complicated Southern family--and finds that our obsession with ancestors opens up new ways of seeing ourselves--in this "brilliant mix of personal memoir and cultural observation" (The Boston Globe).

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, NPR, Time, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Esquire, Garden & Gun

Maud Newton's ancestors have fascinated her since she was a girl. Her mother's father was said to have married thirteen times. Her mother's grandfather killed a man with a hay hook. Mental illness and religious fanaticism percolated Maud's maternal lines back to an ancestor accused of being a witch in Puritan-era Massachusetts.

Newton's family inspired in her a desire to understand family patterns: what we are destined to replicate and what we can leave behind. She set out to research her genealogy--her grandfather's marriages, the accused witch, her ancestors' roles in slavery and other harms. Her journey took her into the realms of genetics, epigenetics, and debates over intergenerational trauma. She mulled over modernity's dismissal of ancestors along with psychoanalytic and spiritual traditions that center them.

Searching and inspiring, Ancestor Trouble is one writer's attempt to use genealogy--a once-niche hobby that has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry--to make peace with the secrets and contradictions of her family's past and face its reverberations in the present, and to argue for the transformational possibilities that reckoning with our ancestors offers all of us.

Autobiography of Malcolm X (USED)

Autobiography of Malcolm X (USED)

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Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself "the angriest Black man in America" relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind.
An established classic of modern America, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" was hailed by the New York Times as "Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, important book." Still extraordinary, still important, this electrifying story has transformed Malcom X's life into his legacy. The strength of his words, the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.
AUTOPORTRAIT

AUTOPORTRAIT

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Nominated for the Chicago Review of Books Award

A work of unflinching honesty, Autoportrait is a hypnotic memoir of reflection, loss, and everyday joy from one of America's best contemporary novelists

Jesse Ball has produced fourteen acclaimed works of deeply empathetic absurdism in poetry and fiction. Now, he offers readers his first memoir, one that showcases his "humane curiosity" (James Wood) and invites the reader into a raw and personal account of love, grief, and memory. Inspired by the memoir Édouard Levé put to paper shortly before his death, Autoportrait is an extraordinarily frank and intimate work from one of America's most brilliant young authors.

The subtle power of Ball's voice conjures the richness of everyday life. On each page, half-remembered moments are woven together with the joys and triumphs--and the mistakes and humiliations, too--that somehow tell us who we are, why we are here. Held at the same height as tragic accounts of illness or death are moments of startling beauty, banality, or humor: I wake in the morning, I sit, I walk long distances. If there is somewhere to swim, I may swim. If I have a bicycle, I will ride it, especially to meet someone. There is no more preparing for me to do, other than preparing for death, and I do that by laughing. Not laughing at death, of course. Laughing at myself.

An extraordinary memoir that reminds us what is possible and builds to the kind of power one might feel reading Anne Carson's Glass Essay, or Joe Brainard's I Remember. Autoportrait will leave you feeling utterly invigorated, inspired, and a little afraid.

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

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In this now classic biography, reissued in a new edition for the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth, Linda Lear offers the astonishing portrait of an extraordinary woman who gave us some of the most beloved children's books of all time.

Potter found freedom from her conventional Victorian upbringing in the countryside. Nature inspired her imagination as an artist and scientific illustrator, but The Tale of Peter Rabbit brought her fame, financial success, and the promise of happiness when she fell in love with her editor Norman Warne. After his tragic and untimely death, Potter embraced a new life as the owner of Hill Top Farm in the English Lake District and a second chance at happiness. As a visionary landowner, successful farmer and sheep-breeder, she was able to preserve the landscape that had inspired her art.

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature reveals a lively, independent, and passionate woman, whose art was timeless, and whose generosity left an indelible imprint on the countryside. This anniversary edition is complete with a brand new foreword by James Rebanks, the Lake District shepherd and social media sensation who chronicles his world on Twitter and in his wonderful book, "A Shepherd's Life".

Black Students White Teacher Ruminations and Lamentations

Black Students White Teacher Ruminations and Lamentations

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Many are asking, what is wrong with teaching, learning, schooling, and education, and what can be done? You will get the answers (panacea) from the letters of a mad public school teacher: intrepid, irascible, cantankerous, provocative, passionate, thought-provoking, iconoclastic, and enhanced with vitriolic demagoguery.

As a grad student / colleague said, Thanks for an enjoyable class on education issues in society. I also enjoyed your letters to the editor. I've been told that I say what other people think. Well, you write and publish what we're all thinking.

Broken for the Promise

Broken for the Promise

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Chasity Strawder takes a trip down memory lane, recalling the hardships she endured after learning she was pregnant with her second son, Joshua. Chasity's battle for her life, and her survival through endometriosis, homelessness, and much more will encourage and strengthen you.

Chasity Strawder, a Black woman in northern Ohio, recounts her high risk pregnancy and healthcare disparities in this urgent memoir. She also tells stories of kindness, such as when her chiropractor gave her free treatments and herbs to assist with her pain. Her memoir is a powerful call to action for Black women’s maternal health and a universal story of motherhood. Strawder is a well-known advocate for black women's maternal health through Cuyahoga County.

Listen to an interview with Chasity on Lines of Loganberry on Spotify.

BULL SH*T WITH CREAM ON IT: A MEMOIR

BULL SH*T WITH CREAM ON IT: A MEMOIR

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Explore the vanishing Wyoming sheep ranching life of the 1950s while pondering parenting influences on young children to develop into leaders for the complexity of tomorrow's world. Linda F. Robertson takes you on a ride of personal adventures set in the solitude of Wyoming's sagebrush steppe and globally in far flung places such as Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria.


Set in the historical context of the times and made richer by family photos, Robertson's memoir weaves the details about the day-to-day life on a sheep and cattle ranch with developing dispositions for leadership. Each chapter ends with a question inviting the readers to ponder their own childhood experiences and those influences on actions later in life. Finish the book laughing as you discover the story of Bull Sh*t with Cream on It!


The pursuit of pleasure must be the goal of every rational person.


About the Author

Born in Powell, Wyoming, Linda F. Robertson's memoir weaves together the story of Wyoming's ranch life provided by parents Dot and Lee Brunk and the global challenges as a public-school administrator and university director in Ohio. Husband Darrell Robertson's military and civilian careers provided opportunities to explore the world. He also served as her partner in the study of effective leadership. Daughter Michelle Settecase's work with EY's Women Fast Forward initiative worldwide provided motivation for Robertson to examine her own career path reflectively.


However, enjoying life's great adventure and sharing it with others is central to Dr. Robertson's real passion. She framed this note card shared by her sister, Nancy Lewis (Nancy had received it from friends in New Zealand). Voltaire's quote and this photo from that card says it all.



Code Blue 99 : A Miraculous True Story! (signed)

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