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Forever young : a memoir / Hayley Mills.

Forever young : a memoir / Hayley Mills.
Mills was still a preteen when she began her acting career and was quickly thrust into the spotlight. Under the wing of Walt Disney himself, Mills was transformed into one of the biggest child starlets of the 1960s through iconic roles in both British and American films. She became one of only twelve actors in history to be bestowed with the Academy Juvenile Award. In her memoir, Mills provides a unique window into when Hollywood was still Tinseltown and the great Walt Disney was at his zenith, ruling over what was (at least in his own head) still a family business. As a member of an esteemed acting family, she offers both her childhood impressions of the wild and glamorous world she was swept into, and the wisdom and broader knowledge that time has given her. -- adapted from jacket~The iconic actress looks back on her days as a child star for Disney, as well as the challenges of dealing with an industry that wanted her to remain to bound to a wholesome, youthful public image.


Walk with me : a biography of Fannie Lou Hamer / Kate Clifford Larson.

Walk with me : a biography of Fannie Lou Hamer / Kate Clifford Larson.


App kid : how a child of immigrants grabbed a piece of the American dream / Michael Sayman.

App kid : how a child of immigrants grabbed a piece of the American dream / Michael Sayman.
As his parents watched their restaurant business collapse in the wake of the Great Recession, Michael Sayman was googling how to code. Within a year, he had launched an iPhone app that was raking in thousands of dollars a month, enough to keep his family afloat--and in America. Entirely self-taught, Sayman headed from high school straight into the professional world, and by the time he was seventeen, he was Facebook's youngest employe ever, building new features that wowed its founder Mark Zuckerberg and are now being used by more than half a billion people every day. Sayman pushed Facebook to build its own version of Snapchat's Stories and, as a result, engagement on the platform soared across all demographics. Millions of Gen Z and Millennials flocked to Facebook, and as teen engagement rose dramatically on Instagram and WhatsApp, Snapchat's parent company suffered a billion-dollar loss in value. Three years later, Sayman jumped ship for Google.


The contrarian : Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's pursuit of power / Max Chafkin.

The contrarian : Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's pursuit of power / Max Chafkin.
A biography of venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel, the enigmatic, controversial, and hugely influential power broker who sits at the dynamic intersection of tech, business, and politics Since the days of the dot-com bubble in the late 1990s, no industry has made a greater impact on the world than Silicon Valley. And few individuals have done more to shape Silicon Valley than billionaire venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel. From the technologies we use every day to the delicate power balance between Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and Washington, Thiel has been a behind-the-scenes operator influencing countless aspects of our contemporary way of life. But despite his power and the ubiquity of his projects, no public figure is quite so mysterious. In the first major biography of Thiel, Max Chafkin traces the trajectory of the innovator's singular life and worldview, from his upbringing as the child of immigrant parents and years at Stanford as a burgeoning conservative thought leader to his founding of PayPal and Palantir, early investment in Facebook and SpaceX, and relationships with fellow tech titans Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Eric Schmidt. The Contrarian illuminates the extent to which Thiel has sought to export his values to the corridors of power beyond Silicon Valley, including funding the lawsuit that bankrupted the blog Gawker to strenuously backing far-right political candidates, including Donald Trump for president in 2016. Eye-opening and deeply reported, The Contrarian is a revelatory biography of a one-of-a-kind leader and an incisive portrait of a tech industry whose explosive growth and power is both thrilling and fraught with controversy--


Mellencamp / Paul Rees.

Mellencamp /  Paul Rees.
John Mellencamp is not your typical rock star. Not only has he absorbed into his own work the influence of Faulkner, Williams, Steinbeck and other such literary giants, but he himself could have stepped straight from the pages of any of their great American novels. A complex, colorful and larger than life character, Mellencamp, like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash before him, walks to the beat of his own drum. Or, as he told author and veteran music journalist, Paul Rees: 'I just refuse to take shit off anyone.' Mellencamp will definitively chart the life of one of the most fascinating characters in all of American music. It will bring into full relief the complex, iconoclastic character of the man Billy Joel, when inducting Mellencamp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, urged to 'Stay ornery, stay mean. We need you to be pissed off,' Joel continued. 'People need to hear a voice like yours to echo the discontent in the heartland. Someone's got to tell 'em, Don't take any shit, and John, you do that very well.' Along with Mellencamp's full blessing, Rees will include new interviews from his friends, family and colleagues, including Bob Seger, Stephen King, Willie Nelson, Larry McMurtry, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow and Chuck D, among others. Rees will also include interviews from artists he has had a pronounced influence on such as John Mayer, Keith Urban, and Jason Isbell. Telling Mellencamp's story is telling the story of the American heartland, along with such pivotal moments in social history as the dawning of the Civil Rights movement, the hippy era, the anti-Vietnam War protests, Watergate, and the terms of such divisive US Presidents as Richard Nixon, Reagan, George W. Bush and now Donald Trump. In terms of music, Mellencamp's account runs parallel to the advent of rock-and-roll, the Summer of Love, the singer-songwriter superstars and the nihilistic punks of the nineteen-seventies, the founding of MTV and the have-it-all eighties, the creation of Farm Aid, and the radical re-shaping of the music industry that has gone on through this century--


I take my coffee black : reflections on Tupac, musical theater, faith, and being black in America / Tyler Merritt with David Tieche ; foreword by Jimmy Kimmel.

I take my coffee black : reflections on Tupac, musical theater, faith, and being black in America / Tyler Merritt with David Tieche ; foreword by Jimmy Kimmel.
As a six-foot-two, dreadlocked black man, Tyler Merritt knows that getting too close to the wrong person can get him killed. But he also believes that proximity can be a cure for racism. Tyler Merritt's video Before You Call the Cops has been viewed more than 59 million times. He's appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and Sports Illustrated and has been profiled in the New York Times. The viral video's main point--that the more you know someone, the more empathy, understanding, and compassion you have for that person--is the springboard for this book, which lets us deeply into Tyler's life and his world to help bridge the divides that seem to grow wider every day. In I Take My Coffee Black, Tyler tells hilarious stories from his own life as a black man in America. He talks about growing up in a multi-cultural community and realizing that he wasn't always welcome. He shares how he quit sports for musical theater (that's where the girls were), to how Jesus barged in uninvited and changed his life forever (it all revolved around a Triple Fat Goose jacket), to how he ended up at a small Bible college in Santa Cruz because he thought they had a great theater program (they didn't). Throughout his stories, he also seamlessly weaves in lessons about privilege and the legacy of lynching and sharecropping and why you don't cross black mamas, teaching readers about the history of encoded racism that still undergirds our society today. By turns witty, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny, I Take My Coffee Black paints a portrait of black manhood in America and enlightens, illuminates, and entertains--and, ultimately, builds the kind of empathy that might just be the antidote against the racial injustice in our society.--


Where tomorrows aren't promised : a memoir / Carmelo Anthony with D. Watkins.

Where tomorrows aren't promised : a memoir / Carmelo Anthony with D. Watkins.
From iconic NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony comes a raw and inspirational memoir about growing up in the housing projects of Red Hook and Baltimore--a brutal world Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised--


We march at midnight : a war memoir / Ray McPadden.

We march at midnight : a war memoir / Ray McPadden.
McPadden recounts his experiences as a Ranger Officer during the war in Afghanistan. He writes about growing up, leadership, the nature of war, and war's aftermath.


A wild idea / Jonathan Franklin.

A wild idea /  Jonathan Franklin.
Expelled from high school in 1959, Douglas Tompkins sought his freedom in San Francisco, where he opened a ski and outdoor equipment shop he called The North Face and Esprit clothing company. Over the next twenty-five years, Tompkins built these modest shops into 2 of the worlds most beloved brands. Esprit became the envy of retail, upending the way fashion apparel is produced, marketed, and sold. Breaking from traditional corporate leadership, Tompkins practiced what he called, {28}management by absence,


Redeeming justice : from defendant to defender, my fight for equity on both sides of a broken system / Jarrett Adams.

Redeeming justice : from defendant to defender, my fight for equity on both sides of a broken system / Jarrett Adams.
He was seventeen when an all-white jury sentenced him to prison for a crime he didn't commit. Now, in this unforgettable memoir, a pioneering lawyer recalls the journey that led to his exoneration-and inspired him to devote his life to fighting the many injustices in our legal system. Seventeen years old and facing nearly thirty years behind bars, Jarrett Adams sought to figure out the why behind his fate. Sustained by his mother and aunts who brought him back from the edge of despair through letters of prayer and encouragement, Adams became obsessed with our legal system in all its damaged glory. After studying how his constitutional rights to effective counsel had been violated, he solicited the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, an organization that exonerates the wrongfully convicted, and won his release after nearly ten years in prison. But the journey was far from over. Adams took the lessons he learned through his incarceration and worked his way through law school with the goal of helping those who, like himself, had faced our legal system at its worst. After earning his law degree, he worked with the New York Innocence Project, becoming the first exoneree ever hired by the nonprofit as a lawyer. In his first case with the Innocence Project, he argued before the same court that had convicted him a decade earlier-and won. In this cinematic story of hope and full-circle redemption, Adams draws on his life and the cases of his clients to show the racist tactics used to convict young men of color, the unique challenges facing exonerees once released, and how the lack of equal representation in our courts is a failure not only of empathy but of our collective ability to uncover the truth. Justice for Sale is an unforgettable firsthand account of the limits-and possibilities-of our country's system of law--


You got anything stronger? : stories / Gabrielle Union ; with Kevin Carr O'Leary.

You got anything stronger? : stories / Gabrielle Union ; with Kevin Carr O'Leary.
In her previous book, Union revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault and spoke openly of her fertility journey. In this collection of essays, she continues her story: becoming a mom to two amazing girls; an expanded career that gives her the opportunity to lift up other voices that need to be heard. But as a Black woman, a mother, an aging woman and a human being, she shows how this ever-changing life presents challenges... and moment of pure joy. -- adapted from jacket


Who says I can't? : the astonishing story of a fearless life / Coach Rob Mendez with Joe Layden.

Who says I can't? : the astonishing story of a fearless life / Coach Rob Mendez with Joe Layden.
Rob Mendez, who was born without limbs, shares his journey to first become independent and then to become a high school football coach in the Bay Area.


 

 

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