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Browsing the New Books Shelves (While You Can’t) – New Biographies

Posted about 2 months ago by Meg Raymond
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At Richmond Public Library, you can always peruse the Latest Releases page on the library’s website, and now that we’ve moved back a phase to curbside pickup, you need a different way to browse the new book shelves. But even with digital browsing, sometimes you want your options a little more … curated.

We can do that! Your public library has recently received some great biographies. The lives of other people can be fascinating, whether our interests are studious or just plain nosy. Try some of these biographies to learn a whole lot about some other lives.

American Oligarchs: the Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power

by Andrea Bernstein

A multigenerational saga of two families, who rose from immigrant roots to the pinnacle of wealth and power, that tracks the unraveling of American democracy.


As Needed for Pain: a Memoir of Addiction

by Dan Peres

A raw and riveting–and often wryly funny–addiction memoir from one of New York media’s most accomplished editors.


Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground

by Justus Rosenberg

The spry blond who looked even younger than his age flourished in the underground, handling counterfeit documents, secret passwords, black market currency, surveying escape routes, and dealing with avaricious gangsters.


Children of the Land

by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

An acclaimed Mexican-born poet’s account of the sometimes-overwhelming struggles he and his parents faced in their quest to become American citizens.

Compton Cowboys: the New Generation of Cowboys in American’s Urban Heartland

by Walter Thompson-Hernandez

Meet the Compton Cowboys, their small ranch one of the very last in a formerly semirural area of the city that has been home to African-American horse riders for decades. 


Father of Lions: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo

by Louise Callaghan

After two and a half years of ISIS occupation, and months of fighting between the militants and government forces, when liberation finally came, the city and the zoo were both on their last legs.


Miyazaki World: a Life in Art

by Susan Napier

The story of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s life and work, including his significant impact on Japan and the world.


Rosa Parks: in Her Own Words

by Susan Reyburn

The civil rights icon is revealed for the first time in print through her private manuscripts and handwritten notes (from the Parks Collection at the Library of Congress).


Tombstone: the Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell

by Thomas Clavin

On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, nine men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history.


Uncanny Valley: a Memoir

by Anna Wiener

Anna arrived (in Silicon Valley) amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street.


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Meg Raymond

If I'm not librarianing, or chasing one of my plethora of dogs around the yard, I probably have my nose buried in a book. I like all kinds of books. Regency romances - love 'em. Gory police procedurals - yes, ma'am. Historical fiction - please, and thank you. Heavy "literary" titles - shhhh, I may not have actually finished some of those! Off-beat, warped, slightly askew books - oh, yes, indeedy. Violent supernatural fantasy - why not? Chick lit, hen lit, lad lit - yeah, yeah, yeah. What have you read? Need a suggestion, or ten? Get hand-crafted suggestions with The Bookologist

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