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Sandeen, Del

Summary: Maya Angelou was a writer, dancer, activist, and actress, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her body of work evokes emotions that range the full spectrum, from joy to heartbreak and from rage to hope. A phenomenal woman, she enriched the world of literature and society as a whole. This essential biography explores her life and creative output and...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Enslow Publishing 2020

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

Morrison, Toni

Summary: Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2019

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 814 MOR

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 814 MOR

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 814 MOR

Ewing, Eve L.

Summary: Blending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve L. Ewing's narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality. Ewing imagines familiar figures in magical circumstances; blues legend Koko Taylor is a tall-tale hero; LeBron James travels through time and encounters his teenage self. She identifies...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Haymarket Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 818 EWI

McLain, Paula

Summary: After meeting and falling in love while she covered the Spanish Civil War in Madrid, Martha Gellhorn is forced to choose between her marriage to Ernest Hemingway and her career as a war correspondent.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House Audio 2018

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Morrison, Toni

Summary: The source of self-regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 814 MOR

Wright, Richard

Summary: The author grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard", hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other side by blacks who resented anyone trying to...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: HarperPerennial Modern Classics 2020

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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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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 BAIR, DEIRDRE BAI

Summary: The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in this innovative dual-portrait documentary. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Love, Cecil, and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel) masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with David Frost and...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

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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

Hines, Stephen W.

Summary: Biography of children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder, with articles, interviews and recollections of friends and neighbors, focusing on her later life.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: T. Nelson Publishers 1994

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 813.52 HIN

Summary: Follows the story of Astrid Lindgren, future author of Pippi Longstocking. As a teenager, eager to break free from her loving but strict religious family in rural Sweden, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she embarks for Denmark to give birth to a son, whom she reluctantly leaves with a foster...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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Summary: "An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature. Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives--but not everyone regularly sees...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Ballantine Books 2018

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 810.8 EDI

Aalto, Kathryn

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Summary: In Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto celebrates 25 women, both historical and current, whose influential writing helps deepen our connection to and understanding of the natural world. These inspiring wordsmiths are scholars, spiritual seekers, conservationists, scientists, novelists, and explorers. They defy easy categorization, yet they all share a bold authenticity that makes their work both...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Timber Press 2020

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Bailey, Blake

Summary: "The renowned biographer's definitive portrait of a literary titan. Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth's personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American master and of the postwar...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W. W. Norton & Company 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 ROTH, PHILIP BAI

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B ROTH BAI

Baldwin, James

Summary: The story of the friendship between writer Baldwin and editor Stein describes the early days of their life-long companionship in their North Bronx high school and their shared literary endeavors.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: One World 2005

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 818 BAL

Barnett, Mac

Summary: A picture book biography of the children's book author shares insights into her life and enduring literary influence.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2019

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Copaken, Deborah

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Summary: "Breasts. Uterus. Cervix. Heart. Vagina. The source of life, right? Well, for writer and photographer Deborah Copaken, it turned out to be just the opposite--almost. Between escaping from an abusive marriage, facing down the challenge of single-parenthood, and attempting to find love again, getting her bearings after everything she knew fell to pieces proved more slippery than she ever could...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2021

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Frangello, Gina

Summary: "Gina Frangello is a long-married fortysomething devoted mom when her life is turned upside down by the sudden death of her closest friend. Worn down from years of caregiving both her elderly parents and three kids, Gina starts to interrogate her own mortality and what she once longed for as a younger woman : a kind of sexual, romantic and artistic intensity radically at odds with her...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Counterpoint Press 2021

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Hughes, Langston

Summary: "This unprecedented collection of Langston Hughes's letters is arranged by decades, with helpful interstitial material and notes throughout to guide us through Hughes's journey in all its aspects: literary, personal, political, practical. His correspondents include such luminaries as Carl Van Vechten, Blanche Knopf, Ezra Pound, Countee Cullen, Paul Robeson, and Richard Wright. The letters tell...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 HUGHES, LANGSTON HUG

Pollack, Pam

Summary: "Meet the man who created Alice, the Mad Hatter, and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Lewis Carroll is the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, a mathematician and church deacon, who taught at Oxford University. He was inspired to write his best known works, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by one of the Dean's daughters, Alice Liddell. The books were hugely successful and...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House 2017

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

Summary: "An important and timely anthology of Black British writing, edited and curated by the authors of the highly acclaimed, ground-breaking Slay In Your Lane. Slay in Your Lane Presents: Loud Black Girls features essays from the diverse voices of twenty established and emerging Black British writers."--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 4th Estate 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 820 LOU

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Summary: The author presents a timely and deeply personal account of the loss of her father.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2021

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1 available in Browsing Hot Titles, Call number: HOT TITLE

Bradford, Richard

Summary: "Made famous by the great success of her psychological thrillers, The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train, Patricia Highsmith is lauded as one of the most influential and celebrated modern writers. However, there has never been a clear picture of the woman behind the books. The relationship between Highsmith's lesbianism, her fraught personality - by parts self-destructive and malicious...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bloomsbury Caravel 2021

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Hansberry, Lorraine

Summary: A three-act play concerned with the tensions in a middle-class African American family living on Chicago's Southside in the 1950s.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: The Modern Library 1995

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 812.54 HAN

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