Are you trying to find biographies here at Kirkwood? They aren’t shelved in a single section like in some public libraries, they are filled in the regular run of non-fiction books where they belong. An athlete’s biography is shelved with the sports books, a politician is shelved with history books or social change books, a scientist with the science books, an actor with the movie and television books, etc. Enjoy some of the titles we’ve added this year.
These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.
Call Number: CL 940.54 S924s Title: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story Author: Caren Stelson
NOTE: She was 6 years old when she survived the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
Call Number: 070.5 N243c Title: The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst Author: David Nasaw
NOTE: The first true media mogul. “By the 1930s, he controlled the largest publishing empire in the country, including twenty-eight newspapers, the Cosmopolitan Picture Studio, radio stations, and thirteen magazines.”
Call Number: 299.93 H159m Title: Memories of the Branch Davidians: The Autobiography of David Koresh’s Mother Author: Bonnie Haldeman
NOTE: The story of a cult leader’s mother.
Call Number: 320.52 S338c Title: Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade Author: Donald T. Critchlow
NOTE: A famous politician and founder of a conservative political movement.
Call Number: 328.581 K828f Title: The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight To Lead Afghanistan into the Future Authors: Fawzia Koofi and Nadene Ghouri
NOTE: Raised in an extremely sexist society, where she was left out to die when she was born because she wasn’t a boy she triumphed over incredible odds and violence to become Afghanistan’s first female Speaker of Parliament.
Call Number: 330.092 W728u Title: Up From The Projects: An Autobiography Author: Walter E. Williams
NOTE: “From his lower middle class beginnings in a mixed but predominantly black neighborhood in West Philadelphia to his department chair at George Mason University, Williams tells an “only in America” story of a life of achievement.” Now he is a nationally syndicated columnist.
Call Number: 332.092 C541f Title: Fearless Fighter: An Autobiography Author: Vera Chirwa
NOTE: “…she became a leading voice compaigning for human rights and civil society in Africa.”
Call Number: 338.7 F699L Title: Ford: The Men and the Machine Author: Robert Lacey
NOTE: A biography of the Ford family as they ruled one of the largest automobile companies in the world for decades.
Call Number: 362.196 S352L Title: A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me: A Memoir Author: Jason Schmidt
NOTE: “Jason’s life with Mark was full of secrets―about drugs, crime, and sex. If the straights―people with normal lives―ever found out any of those secrets, the police would come. Jason’s home would be torn apart. So the rule, since Jason had been in preschool, was never to tell the straights anything.”
Call Number: 363.25 N771s Title: Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator Author: Gary Noesner
NOTE: A hostage negotiator who was involved with many top cases over the last 30 years.
Call Number: 363.41 G729c Title: Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life Author: Fran Grace
NOTE: A leading prohibitionist of the 19th century, Nation was best known for openly attacking saloons and bars and using a hatchet to break up bottles and barrels of liquor. For more information be sure you include the A. in the search.
Call Number: 363.325 K451g Title: The Girl Who Beat ISIS: My Story Authors: Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffmann
NOTE: “The astonishing true story of a heroic young woman’s capture and eventual escape from ISIS.”
Call Number: 526.092 F325s Title: Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor Author: Hali Felt
NOTE: In the 1950s when women were usually confined to be secretaries, Marie Tharp turned data readings into beautiful maps of the ocean floor upending scientific consensus and brought about a new era in both geology and oceanography.
Call Number: 540 G614f Title: Follow the Chemistry: Lure, Lore, and Life Author: Goh Lai Yoong (autobiography)
NOTE: A chemist describes her experiences in learning to be a chemist and becoming a chemistry researcher and professor over 60 years.
Call Number: 576.509 V465L Title: A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life Author: J. Craig Venter
NOTE: Memoir of the man who decoded the human genome in 2001.
Call Number: 579.209 S167j Title: Jonas Salk: A Life Author: Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
NOTE: Created the polio vaccine, co-developed the first influenza vaccine and through the Salk Institute worked on trying to develop a treatment or a vaccine for AIDS.
Call Number: 616.399 G895d Title: Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism Author:
Call Number: 616.858 S378s Title: Sybil: The True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Separate Personalities Author: Flora Rheta Schreiber
NOTE: About a woman with split personalities.
Call Number: 616.89 B588h Title: Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Living With the Voices in my Head Author: Claire Bien
NOTE: Bien describes living with Schizophrenifrom disorder.
Call Number: 616.99 P334d Title: Laughing at My Nightmare Author: Shane Burcase
NOTE: The story of a young man who has has spinal muscular atrophy and is confined to a wheelchair, but started a blog about the humor and strangeness of his life.
Call Number: 629.13 S458p Title: Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix Author: Erin Seideman
NOTE: Seidman is part of the 5-6% of the population of aviation who are women. She recounts her stories as a woman in the “man’s world” of aviation.
Call Number: 629.13 W954m Title: The Wright Brothers Author: David McCullough
NOTE: The biography of Orville and Wilbur Wright who created and flew the first airplane creating the entire field of aviation.
Call Number: 779.092 M282h Title: Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Author: Sally Mann
NOTE: A memoir/family history from photographer Sally Mann, including alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and a murder-suicide.
Call Number: 791.43 V291i Title: Instant Mom Author: Nia Vardalos
NOTE: Biography of the woman behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Call Number: 791.43 W583w Title: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame Author: Mara Wilson
NOTE: A biography of the former child star from Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Call Number: 791.45 N333y Title: Yes, My Accent Is Real And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You Author: Kunal Nayyar
NOTE: The biography of the actor who plays Raj on Big Bang Theory.
Call Number: 791.45 R628b Title: Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour Author: Amy Robach
NOTE: Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach’s memoir of her battle with breast cancer.
Call Number: 796.3 B396d Title: My Side Author: David Beckham (autobiography)
NOTE: The autobiography of soccer star David Beckham.
Call Number: 796.357 R621c Title: The Closer: My Story Author: Mariano Rivera (autobiography)
NOTE: Autobiography of Mariano Rivera from his humble beginnings in Panama to success with the New York Yankees.
Call Number: 796.357 R662sj Title: Jackie Robinson: An Integrated Life Author: J. Christopher Schutz
NOTE: Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first profesonal African-American baseball player in the then all white major leagues.
Call Number: 782.421 L723w Title: What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography Author: Alan Light
NOTE: Biography of soul singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone, including her struggles with mental illness.
Call Number: 782.42 M167b Title: Beatles vs. Stones Author: John McMillian
NOTE: Multi-person biography of the two biggest musical groups of the 1960s.
Call Number: 791.45 G779r Title: The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction Author: Linda Gray
NOTE: The story of Dallas star Linda Gray who grew up with her alcoholic father, faced an abusive marriage, and dealt with Hollywood’s sexism and ageism.
Call Number: 791.45 M296b Title: Becoming Maria: A Memoir Author: Sonia Manzano
NOTE: Memoir of Sesame Street‘s Maria focusing on her troubled youth with an alcoholic father.
Call Number: 791.45 M847m Title: The Monkey on My Back: A Memoir Author: Debbi Morgan
NOTE: Memoir of the All My Children star and her family’s history of domestic abuse.
Call Number: 791.45 J543b Title: Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs Author: Ken Jennings
NOTE: Ken Jennings’ rise from computer programmer to the biggest Jeopardy champion of all time.
Call Number: 792.02 B792g Title: Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Author: Kristen Johnston
NOTE: Best known for her role on Third Rock from the Sun, Johnston talks about battling alcoholism.
Call Number: 792.02 F948h Title: Happy Chaos: From Punking to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures In Between Author: Soleil Moon Frye
NOTE: Best known for playing Punky Brewster on the TV show.
Call Number: 792.702 C624s Title: So, Anyway… Author: John Cleese (autobiography)
NOTE: Autobiography of the Monty Python actor/comedian.
Call Number: 792.80s D424t Title: Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina Authors: Michaela Deprince and Elaine Deprince
NOTE: Memoir of Michaela’s journey from being in orphan Sierra Leone to star ballerina.
Call Number: 796.357 J132g Title: Say It Ain’t So, Joe!: The True Story of Shoeless Joe Jackson (Revised and Updated ed.) Author: Donald Gropman
NOTE: The story of one of the greatest baseball players of all time, implicated in the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” cheating scandal.
Call Number: 796.357 K881L Title: Sandy Koufax Author: Jane Leavy
NOTE: The biography of the great Dodgers pitcher.
Call Number: 796.357 M292L Title: The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood Author: Jane Leavy
NOTE: The biography of the famous New York Yankee’s career, alcoholism, infidelity, and family strife.
Call Number: 796.42 F275f Title: Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness Author: Suzy Favor Hamilton
NOTE: Famed Olympic track star and struggles with bipolar disorder.
Call Number: 813.52 L847t Title: Jack London: A Writer’s Fight for a Better America Author: Cecelia Tichi
NOTE: Biography of the author of Call of the Wild.
Call Number: 813.6 A582h Title: Hyena Author: Jude Angellini
NOTE: Autobiographical essays from one of the most popular radio personalities on Sirius XM from factory town near Detroit to Los Angeles.
Call Number: 818.409 S559c Title: The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography Author: Elaine Showalter
NOTE: Author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
Call Number: 910.4 K372s Title: Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer Author: Geoffrey Kent
NOTE: Biography of the founder of the luxury travel company Abercrombie and Kent.
Call Number: 940.531 E243m Title: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, And the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History Author: Robert M. Edsel
NOTE: The story of a group of art historians, museum director, and curators try to save art works from the Nazis.
Call Number: 956.77 S161b Title: Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam Authors: Zainab Salbi and Laurie Becklund (autobiography)
NOTE: Zainab Slbi grew up in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and she describes what it was like to live under a dictator even when you were on his good side.
Call Number: 956.91 C555c Title: Come, Tell me How You Live Author: Agatha Christie
NOTE: Writing as Agatha Christie Mallowan, her legal name after her second marriage, Christie shares Memories from Archaeological Expeditions in the Mysterious Middle East.
Call Number: 966 A837b Title: Born to Rule (autobiography) Author: Tah Asongwed
NOTE: Story of the ruler of the AFrican country of Mandzan.
Call Number: 973.924 N736b Title: Being Nixon: A Man Divided Author: Evan Thomas
NOTE: The story of America’s 37th President who resigned after the Watergate Scandal.
Call Number: 973.51 M182k Title: James Madison: A Biography Author: Ralph Ketcham
NOTE: The story of America’s 4th President and considered the Father of the Constitution.
Call Number: 976.4 D265t Title: Three Road to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis Author: William C. Davis
NOTE: The story of three men, frontiersmen and fighters, who fought for the Texas army at the Alamo. Remember the Alamo!