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PS 3554 .I398 A6 2016

In recognition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself.

PR 6059 .D4 A3 2018

From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor.

PN 2287 .B414 A3 2017

W. Kamau Bell delivers a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as: race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes, and more.

PN 2287 .W4937 W55 2014

Rainn Wilson's memoir about growing up geeky and finally finding his place in comedy, faith, and life.

PN 6165 .R57 2008

A collection of whimsical essays applying the author's acerbic Southern-style perspectives to an array of modern conundrums.

The Best Cook in the World

Best selling author Rick Bragg presents a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother, and including 75 mouth-watering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations.

PN 2287 .N557 A3 2016

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

ML 420 .S77 A3 2016

Traces the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life from his childhood in a Catholic New Jersey family and the musical experiences that prompted his career to the rise of the E Street Band and the stories behind some of his most famous songs.

GV 791 .B844 2013

The remarkable story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. 

E 230 .A84 2019

Atkinson recounts the first 21 months of America's violent war for independence. From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world's most formidable fighting force.

E 628 .R629 2015

In this engrossing and informative book, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history.

DK 265.8 . R37 2017L4

Masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eyewitness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold.

F 128.68 .Q4 C57 2016

Fifth-generation New Yorker, third-generation bartender, and first-generation author Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working class Queens, a geriatric commune of feisty, Brooklyn-born Italians, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other weekend. This childhood triptych comes to life in The Clancys of Queens, an electric, one-of-a-kind memoir.

TX 370 .S33 2015

A lively argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.

BF 503 .P475 2010

Pink argues that the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

G 154.5 .G55 A32 2006

Presents the memoir of a magazine writer's yearlong travels across the world in search of pleasure, guidance, experience, and meaning.

CT 3262 .I2 W47 2018

A searing, unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, raised by Mormon survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and forbidden to go to school, defies her family and earns a PhD from Cambridge University.

BV 4637 .C346 2018

In an intensely personal recollection, the president describes his encounter with faith, and how it has sustained him in both happiness and disappointment. 

PN 6162 .B733 2001

Presents a collection of wisdom on such topics as weddings, marriage, divorce, and child rearing, with advice on dating preparedness, recipes for therapeutic and indulgent foods, and tips on dealing with the challenges of life in as "Queenly" a manner as possible.

HV 6773.54 .C430 H39 2019

Follows the experiences of the survivors and victims' families following the 2015 shootings at Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church, chronicling the events and emotions that came in the aftermath of the shooting.

PN 4129.15 .T74 2018

Renowned five-time TED Talk speaker and author Julian Treasure reveals how to speak so that people listen--and how to listen so that people feel heard.


PS 3555 .P5 I23 2006

A collection of essays offers a humorous look at the ups and downs of being a woman of a certain age, discussing the tribulations of maintenance and trying to stop the clock, menopause, and empty nests.

GV 1471 .S39 2006

An entertaining book on entertaining from America's most delightfully unconventional hostess, businesswoman Amy Sedaris.

PS 3603 .R673 I3 2008

Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions-or perhaps because of them.

PN 6231 .C142 A43 2016

With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog,, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. Her debut book of humorous essays dissects cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in people's increasingly digital, connected lives.

RT 34 .G8 I2 2015

A moving collection of true stories written by veteran nurses and nurses-in-training.

BV 4598.3 .J359 2014

Outlines how to re-discover one's natural aptitudes and re-claim the wisdom of past experiences to become in sync with the opportunities life offers.

HQ 76.27 .Y68 I74 2011d

A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people. While many of these teens can't see a positive future for themselves, we can. We can show LGBT youth the kind of happiness, potential, and satisfaction their lives hold if they can just get through these early years.

DA 446 .J67 2016

An intelligent and spirited history of Charles II's dissolute life and surprising legacy. The astonishing personal life of Charles II reveals much about the man he was and why he lived and ruled as he did. 

DT 516.828 .B43 A3 2007b

What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.

KF 8748 .T66 2007

Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Court through personalities—from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas's well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd nineteenth-century lifestyle. 

BV 4527 .H387 2017

A guide to self-esteem and resiliency in accordance with Christian principles counsels women of faith to reevaluate their perspectives about the role of pain and failure in life, sharing frank and often riotous stories from the author's own experiences with missteps and setbacks.

U 167.5 .C92 G37 2019

An award-winning journalist shares the first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001--a panoramic narrative woven from hundreds of interviews, transcripts, and declassified documents.

BF 637 .S4 W56 2019

Offers a guide for identifying one's purpose and creating a framework for a life that is both successful and meaningful, sharing inspirational quotes by some of today's most influential cultural figures.

BF 637 .S4 S848 2017 AUDIO

A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. 


E 185.61 .R4 2001

This remarkable work of oral history captures the searing experience of the Jim Crow years—enriched by memories of individual, family, and community triumphs and tragedies. 

D23 .L37 2016

While this book explores world history from the Big Bang to the present day, it principally covers key people, events, and empires since the dawn of the first civilizations in and around 3500 BC. 

HM 1071 .G53 2019

A challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

DC 33.9 .M34 2016

Oliver Magny reveals the France only the French know. From the latest trends in baby names, to the religiously observed division of church and state, prepare yourself for an insider's look at French culture that is surprising, insightful, and chock full of bons mots.

BF 468 .P57 2018

Timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, listeners can reveal how best to live, work, and succeed.