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. Check out our previous list.
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: ELA 973.917 P448c Title: A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins Author: Penny Colman
Call Number: 070.509 P317a Title: The Huntress: The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist Publisher Author: Alic Arlen and Michael J. Arlen
Call Number: 299.936 H646b Title: Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape Authors: Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer
NOTE: Raised in Scientology, she finally made a mistake.
Call Number: 306.3 D515m Title: The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade Author: Charles B. Dew
NOTE: A historian of slavery reflects on the good and the bad of growing up when and where he did in the segregated south.
Call Number: 320.082 S531d Title: Daring To Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening Author: Manal al-Sharif
NOTE: As a teenager Manal was a religious zealot, but after she got an education she started struggling for reform, including a successful push to let women drive in Saudi Arabia.
Call Number: 327.7 C641b Title: Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History Author: Karen Blumenthal
NOTE: Former First Lady, Secretary of State, and Presidential Candidate.
Call Number: 330.153 S642c Title: Adam Smith Author: Jonathan Conlin
NOTE: The father of the study of economics.
Call Number: 331.6 S617h Title: How May I Help You?: An Immigrant’s Journey From MBA to Minimum Wage Author: Deepak Singh
NOTE: Even though he has an MBA in India in a small town in Virginia, Singh can only get a minimum wage job at an electronics store. This is how he adapted to his new life.
Call Number: 340.092 K355r Title: Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical Author: Sherie M. Randolph
NOTE: A political activist who was heavily involved in the Black Power and Women’s Rights movements and created new organizations that brought them together.
Call Number: 347.732 S718m Title: My Beloved World Author: Sonia Sotomayor
NOTE: Supreme Court Justice.
Call Number: 355.009 B813h Title: Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy Author: Earl J. Hess
Call Number: 362.88 K972a Title: Alligator Candy: A Memoir Author: David Kushner
NOTE: The story of how the author’s older brother rode off on his bike as a teenager and disappeared and how it effected the author’s life.
Call Number: 363.32 K237s Title: Security Mom: My Life Protecting the Home and Homeland Author: Juliette Kayyem
NOTE: Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense during the Obama administration who responded to several of the big national security threats during those years while raising a family.
Call Number: 364 A315c Title: A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Bronte Author: Katherine Frank, Call Number:
NOTE: The story of author of Wuthering Heights.
Call Number: 364.134 W453L Title: The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader Author: Ida B. Wells
NOTE: Autobiography of noted reformer.
Call Number: 364.152 K741w Title: Waiting To Be Heard: A Memoir Author: Amanda Knox
NOTE: The American who was convicted, acquitted, convicted, and acquitted of the horrific murder of Meredith Kercher her roommate.
Call Number: 371.1 M131t Title: Teacher Man Author: Frank McCourt
NOTE: The memorist that was raised impoverished in Ireland, who struggled to become a teacher.
Call number: 616.85 H737w Title: What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an all-American Teen Author: Kate Fagan
NOTE: A leading college athlete was plagued with mental illness that lead to her suicide.
Call Number: 616.85 L488L Title: Lights On, Rats Out: A Memoir Author: Cree Lefavour
NOTE: Self-punishment (cigarette burns) by a college student.
Call Number: 616.81 S658d Title: The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke Author: Ron Smith
NOTE: A first person account that takes you through suffering a stroke and recovery.
Call Number: 616.89 B197n Title: Nobody’s Child Authors: Marie Balter and Richard Katz
NOTE: Marie Baiter’s courageous story. After spending the first 20 years of her adult life in a mental hospital, she emerged to attend graduate school at Harvard University and to become a champion of the mentally ill.
Call Number: 616.89 J326u Title: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness Author: Kay Redfield Jamison
NOTE: Memoir of manic depression, both “medically knowledgeable and beautifully written.”
Call Number: 616.898 B395s Title: Sentence to Life: The Mark Becher Story: Mental Illness, Tragedy, and Transformation Author: Joan Becker
Note: Mother of the man who killed the Parkersburg coach and now speaks out for mental health care.
Call Number: 618.92 F874j Title: Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon Authors: Kelley and Thomas French
NOTE: A premature baby lives.
Call Number: 629.13 H789f Title: Forever Flying: Fifty Years of High-Flying Adventures, from Barnstorming in Prop Planes to Dogfighting Germans to Testing Supersonic Jets Author: R.A. “Bob” Hoover
Call Number: 629.45 C415L Title: The Last Man on the Moon Authors: Eugene Cernan and Don Davis
Call Number: 629.45 C712f Title: Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut’s Story [Updated Ed.] Author: Michael Collins
NOTE: Collins was one of the first humans on the moon.
Call Number: 629.45 M417s Title: Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Author: Mike Massimino
NOTE: Mike Massimino served as a NASA Astronaut from 1996 until 2014 and flew in space twice – the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. Mike became the first human to tweet from space, was the last human to work inside of Hubble, and set a team record with his crewmates for the most cumulative spacewalking time in a single space shuttle mission. Mike has a recurring role as himself on The Big Bang Theory; appears regularly on late night talk shows, news programs, and documentaries; and is a much sought after inspirational speaker.
Call Number: 629.45 R544s Title: Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space Author: Lynn Sherr
Call Number: 641.509 C536m Title: Julia Child: My Life in France Author: Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
NOTE: The woman who brought French cooking to America and invented the national cooking TV show talks about her time in France when she learned to cook.
Call Number: 779.092 A222i Title: It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War Author: Lynsey Addario
Call Number: 782.42 C712n Title: Not Dead Yet: The Memoir Author: Phil Collins
NOTE: Famous drummer from the 1960s on.
Call Number: 782.421 L567L Title: John Author: Cynthia Lennon
NOTE: John Lennon’s first wife talks about their relationship and his early years.
Call Number: 782.421 S769b Title: Born to Run Author: Bruce Springsteen
NOTE: An autobiographical memoir about life in the spotlight.
Call Number: 790.43 F793a Title: Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist Author: Michael J. Fox
NOTE: High profile actor from films such as Back to the Future with MLS.
Call Number: 791.43 F533p Title: The Princess Diarist: A Sort of Memoir Author: Carrie Fisher
NOTE: Carrie Fisher’s memoir while she was shooting Star Wars as Princess Leia.
Call Number: 791.43 G934i Title: In the Country We Love: My Family Divided Authors: Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
NOTE: The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country
Call Number: 791.43 L933j Title: George Lucas: A Life Author: Brian Jay Jones
NOTE: The creator of Star Wars.
Call Number: 791.43 M337c Title: Cheech Is Not My Real Name…. But Don’t Call me Chong! Author: Cheech Marin
Note: Cheech marin started as a part of a comedy team called Cheech and Chong and went on to a notable comic acting career.
Call Number: 791.45 W768g Title: Oprah Winfrey: A Biography [2nd ed] Author: Helen S. Garson
Call Number: 791.45 G739t Title: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything in Between) Author: Lauren Graham
NOTE: The actress from Gilmore Girls tells the story of her life as an actor.
Call Number: 791.45 N739b Title: Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood Author: Trevor Noah
Call Number: 792 S914h Title: Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep Author: Michael Schulman
NOTE: Famous actress Meryl Streep.
Call Number: 792.02 K336s Title: Scrappy Little Nobody Author: Anna Kendrick
NOTE: Actress who starred in Pitch Perfect.
Call Number: 792.702 F433b Title: Bossypants Author: Tina Fey
NOTE: Comedian, actress, and writer Tina Fey.
Call Number: 792.702 P743y Title: Yes Please Author: Amy Poehler
NOTE: Comedian from Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation.
Call Number: 794.109 C951q Title: The Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion Author: Tim Crothers
Call Number: 796.092 B922L Title: Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed To Say On TV Author: Joe Buck
NOTE: Sports announcer on air and off.
Call Number: 796.334 L793w Title: When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World Authors: Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey
Call Number: 796.334 W243f Title: Forward:A Memoir Author: Abby Wambach
NOTE: Wambach is a top soccer player and equal rights advocate.
Call Number: 796.357 F911c Title: Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham Authors: Brett Friedlander and Robert Reising
NOTE: The real story behind the character who gave up baseball to become a doctor in the movie Field of Dreams who in real life juggled both baseball and medicine.
Call Number: 796.522 K89i 1999 Title: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Author: Jon Krakauer
NOTE: A survivor account of one of the deadliest days on Mt. Everest.
Call Number: 808.2 R473y Title: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person Author: Shonda Rhimes
NOTE: Actress who spent a year saying yes.
Call Number: 813.54 M877n Title: North Toward Home Author: Willie Morris
NOTE: Growing up in the South during the Civil Rights movement.
Call Number: 813.6 S561L Title: Little Failure: A Memoir Author: Gary Shteyngart
NOTE: An immigrant comes from Russia to become a famous writer after his mother nicknames him Little Failure..
Call Number: 814.6 P414g Title: A Girl Walks Into A Book: What the Brontes Taught Me About Life, Love, and Women’s Work Author: Miranda K. Pennington
NOTE: A woman finds her way in life guided by the books of the Bronte sisters.
Call Number: 818 A584w Title: Maya Angelou: Adventurous Spirit Author: Linda Wagner-Martin
Call Number: 838 H526n Title: Nicotine Author: Gregor Hens
NOTE: The author recounts his battle with nicotine addiction.
Call Number: 910.4 B916L Title: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Author: Bill Bryson
NOTE: A memoir about growing up in Des Moines, Iowa in the 1950s.
Call Number: 940.53 L477h Title: The Hidden Life of Otto Frank Author: Carol Ann Lee
NOTE: The father of Anne Frank.
Call Number: 952 M663t Title: Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamaoto Yoshitsune Author: Pamela S. Turner
NOTE: A leader of the Japanese who became one of the greatest Samurai.
Call Number: 956.704 R814v Title: Vipers in the Storm: Diary of a Gulf War Fighter Pilot Author: Keith Rosenkranz
Call Number: 956.91 F598h Title: A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival Author: Melissa Fleming
NOTE: The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel a Syrian refugee
Call Number: 958.1 I724r Title: The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers Authors: Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek
Call Number: 958.104 H462s Title: Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and the Home Front Author: Mary Jennings Hegar
Call Number: 973.046 A668m Title: My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive Author: Julissa Arce
Call Number: 973.91 H789r Title: Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency Author: Charles Rappleye
Call Number: 973.921 E363b Title: Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission Author: Bret Baier
NOTE: About President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s last 3 days in office as President.
Call Number: 973.932 O121s Title: Michelle Obama: A Life Author: Peter Slevin
NOTE: The former First Lady.
Call Number: 973.922 K362t Title: Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon Author: Larry Tye
NOTE: Brother of President Kennedy, both were assassinated.
Call Number: 977.3 L983m Title: Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99% Author: Kari Lydersen
Call Number: 978.004 B627j Title: Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary Author: Joe Jackson
NOTE: A Native American holy man who survived the Indian Wars and whose writings were adapted into Black Elk Speaks considered the great work of Native American literature.