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Bair, Deirdre

Summary: "National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her fifteen remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art. In 1971 Deirdre Bair was a journalist and recently minted Ph.D. who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett. He agreed...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Nan A. Talese / Doubleday 2019

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Kule, Elaine A.

Summary: Discusses the accomplishments of twelve of the most influential authors and their lasting impact on the world.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 12-Story Library, an imprint of Peterson Publishing Company and Press Room Editions 2015

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 920 KUL

Reed, Glynnis

Summary: "James Baldwin was an outspoken advocate for social justice and equality for Black people in America. He lent a creative and powerful voice to the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s and brilliantly critiqued the problems of race in the 20th century. Through his novels, plays, poetry and essays, Baldwin urged the world to understand and appreciate the humanity and complexity of his fellow...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2020

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1 available in JT Non-Fiction, Call number: JT Black Artists 818 Reed 2020

Angelou, Maya.

Summary: Author's memoir of growing up black in the 1930's and 1940's.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2002

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3 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 818 ANG

Judge, Lita

Summary: A free verse biography of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, featuring over 300 pages of black-and-white watercolor illustrations.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 811 JUD

Capaldi, Gina.

Summary: Zitkala-Š̌̌̌a finds that she can sing through her music, but also by writing stories and giving speeches and being an activist for Native American rights.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Carolrhoda Books 2011

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1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 921 Zitkala 2011

Carter, Stephen L.

Summary: "She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in the New York of the 1930s--and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Henry Holt and Company 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 CARTER, EUNICE HUNTON CAR

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B CARTER CAR

Bond, Jenny.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Books 2008

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 820.9 BON

Summary: Now in this Who Was--? biographies, children will learn the real-life adventures and bring the authors to life.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Listening Library 2016

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1 available in Juvenile Audiobooks, Call number: J CD 920 AUT

Borden, Louise.

Summary: Describes the popular children's authors' childhoods and early life together, their travels and marriage in Brazil, and their dramatic escape from World War II-torn Europe on bicycles.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Houghton Mifflin 2005

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 920 BOR

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1 available in Stacks, Call number: JB REY BOR

Wiesel, Elie

Summary: In this unforgettable book, the award-winning writer, during his recovery after a life-threatening heart surgery, reflected on his many losses and accomplishments, and on all that remained to be done, sharing his aspirations for his writings and his hope that he made the world a better place.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2012

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 848.914 WIE

Wiesel, Elie

Summary: In this unforgettable book, the award-winning writer, during his recovery after a life-threatening heart surgery, reflected on his many losses and accomplishments, and on all that remained to be done, sharing his aspirations for his writings and his hope that he made the world a better place.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Books on Tape, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group 2012

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 921 WIESEL, ELIE Wie

Summary: Examines the life and legacy of African American poet, memoirist, and civil rights worker Maya Angelou, from her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to the recitation of her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton. Includes Angelou's own words woven together with archival photographs and videos as well as interviews with Angelou's friends and family.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD MAY

Jones, Saeed

Summary: Haunted and haunting, Jones's memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2019

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2 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 JONES, SAEED JON

Angelou, Maya.

Summary: Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou's path to living well and living a life with meaning. Whether she is recalling such lost friends as Coretta Scott King and Ossie Davis, extolling honesty, decrying vulgarity, explaining why becoming a Christian is a "lifelong endeavor," or simply singing the praises of a meal of red...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2008

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2 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 818.5409 ANG

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 818.5409 ANG

Min, Anchee

Summary: Traces the author's journey from the painful deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the United States, where she endured five jobs, crime, and a painful marriage before the birth of a daughter inspired her writing career.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bloomsbury 2013

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 MIN, ANCHEE MIN

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1 available in Adult- Biography, Call number: 921 Min 2013

Wiesel, Elie

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Thorndike Press 1996

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1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP 921 WIESEL, ELIE WIE

Angelou, Maya.

Summary: This fourth autobiographical work by Maya Angelou tells of her entry into New York's circle of black artists and writers, her involvement in the civil rights movement, and changes in her personal life.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bantam Books 1997

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 ANG

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 ANGELOU, MAYA ANG

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 Angelou 1997

Angelou, Maya.

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Summary: In this straightforward yet prosaically beautiful work, award-winning author Maya Angelou provides heartfelt advice to the masses. While imploring her readers to work hard at living well, she offers real and applicable ways in which to make the world a better place while also cultivating fulfillment within yourself.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House Audio 2008

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Myers, Walter Dean

Summary: Biography of Walter Dean Myers which describes the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s and 1950s: a loving home life with his adopted parents, Bible school, street games, and the vitality of his neighborhood. Although Walter spent much of his time either getting into trouble or on the basketball court, secretly he was a voracious reader and an aspiring writer. But as his prospects for...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Playaway Digital Audio 2008

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1 available in Playaway, Call number: PA 813.54 MYE

Maristain, Mónica

Summary: How to know the man behind works of fiction so prone to extravagance? In the first biography of Chilean novelist and poet Roberto Bolaño, journalist Mónica Maristain tracks Bolaño from his childhood in Chile to his youth in Mexico and his early infatuation with literature, to his beginnings as a poet, and to the stardom that came with the publication of the novels The Savage Detectives and...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Melville House 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BOLANO, ROBERTO MAR

Downs, Maggie

1 hold on 2 copies

Summary: "Braver Than You Think is the life-affirming story of how Downs, newly married and established in her career as a journalist, quits her job, sells her belongings, and embarks on the solo trip of a lifetime: Her mother's. Over the course of one year backpacking through seventeen countries - visiting all the places her mother, struck with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, cannot visit herself -...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Counterpoint 2020

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 921 DOW

Hogan, Linda.

Summary: In this book, the author recounts her difficult childhood as the daughter of an army sergeant, her love affair at age fifteen with an older man, the legacy of alcoholism, the troubled history of her adopted daughters, and her own physical struggles since a recent horse accident. She shows how historic and emotional pain are passed down through generations, blending personal history with stories...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton 2001

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 818.54 Hogan

Fleischman, Paul

Summary: "Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman reflects on growing up with his award-winning father, Sid Fleischman, and details his own path to becoming a writer"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2019

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 FLE

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1 available in Adult, Call number: J 921 Fleischman 2019

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