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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 lists:

There are also specialized lists for example Sport Stars or Movie Stars and Directors.

Becoming by Michelle Obama, Call Number: 973.932 O121b
NOTE: Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

Cover of The Girl Who Escaped IsisBrothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple, Call Number: 956.91 H673b
NOTE: A young man comes of age during the Syrian War.

Churchchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts, Call Number: 941.084

A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande, Call Number: 305.868 G751d
NOTE: An undocumented emigrant as a child Reyna followed her parents who had previously moved to LA. Things weren’t a great as she hoped, but eventually became a college student and published author.

Frederick Douglass: America’s Prophet by D. H. Dilbect, Call Number: 973.809D737d
NOTE: One of the leading African-American rights activists before and after the Civil War.

The Girl Who Escaped Isis: This Is My Story by Farida Khalaf, Call Number: 956.704 K451g
NOTE: A year captured and enslaved when Isis attacked her village, she eventually was able to escape with 5 other girls.

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh, Call Number: 97.1 S636h
NOTE: A woman who grew up among the working poor in Kansas during the 1980s and 1990s.

Cover of The Kevin ShowThe Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle With Mental Illness by Mary Pilon, Call Number: 616.89 H177p
NOTE: An Olympic athlete is living with the delusion that he is living out his own reality TV show and follows instructions from “The Director” an unreal voice who tells him to do dangerous and destructive scenes for the sake of “the show.”

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford, Call Number: 364.15 K711f
NOTE: Knight was one of the 3 women who were taken as part the Cleveland kidnappings. This is her story of survival.

In Pieces by Sally Field, Call Number: 791.43 F456i
NOTE: The actress who has portrayed several iconic female characters of the 20th century and gone on to other deeper acting roles tells her life story.

In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham, Call Number: 959.904 B966i
NOTE: A gripping account of the kidnapping of American Missionaries and their year of terror in the Philippine Jungle.

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson, Call Number: 610.73 W337L
NOTE: The story of a nurse’s life and of the hospital where she worked.

Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight, Call Number: 364.15 K711L
NOTE: What is the kidnap victim done since her release.

Racing to the Finish: My Story by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with Ryan McGee, Call Number: 796.72E127r
NOTE: One of the great NASCAR drivers, Earnhardt was also concerned about the effects of repeated race related concussions. He talks both about what the sport is like and his concerns to raise awareness about the issues behind concussions.

The Story of My Life (The Restored Ed.) by Helen Keller, Call Number: 362.4 K29s
NOTE: Helen Keller overcame being both blind and deaf to get an education and to take a prominent place in American culture.

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, Call number: 364.66 h666s
NOTE: An Oprah book club selection – The author was wrongly convicted of murder, but found a way to improve life in prison for himself and others until he was eventually freed.

The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones, Call Number: 641.59 J777t
NOTE: The legendary editor who shaped the cookbook field in the United States from Julia Child on.

The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes, Call Number: 973.932 O12wo