Mixed Ages

Robin

From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapidfire stand up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer.

Robin

Dave Itzkoff
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From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapidfire stand up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations—all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression—topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews—and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.—Provided by publisher

"This was an entertaining biography of an incredible and unforgettable performer. I grew up watching Robin Williams' movies and TV
antics and found him endearing.
"Recently I watched the documentary “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” which was a nice complement to this book because it showed footage of numerous scenes discussed in the text."—Leanne Z., Administrative Coordinator

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Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it's the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she's twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne.

Daisy Jones & The Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid
Reid

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it's the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she's twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she's pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.—Provided by publisher.

"This book was a very fast and fun read. It is about a fictional rock band in the 1970’s—their rise through the ranks of the LA music scene—eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world."—Leanne Z., Administrative Coordinator

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I Know this much is true

Dominick Birdsey's entire life has been compromised and constricted by anger and fear, by the paranoid schizophrenic twin brother he both deeply loves and resents, and by the past they shared with their adoptive father, Ray, a spit-and-polish ex-Navy man (the five-foot-six-inch sleeping giant who snoozed upstairs weekdays in the spare room and built submarines at night), and their long-suffering mother, Concettina, a timid woman with a harelip that made her shy and self-conscious.

I Know this much is true

Wally Lamb
Lamb

Dominick Birdsey's entire life has been compromised and constricted by anger and fear, by the paranoid schizophrenic twin brother he both deeply loves and resents, and by the past they shared with their adoptive father, Ray, a spit-and-polish ex-Navy man (the five-foot-six-inch sleeping giant who snoozed upstairs weekdays in the spare room and built submarines at night), and their long-suffering mother, Concettina, a timid woman with a harelip that made her shy and self-conscious. Born in the waning moments of 1949 and the opening minutes of 1950, the twins are physical mirror images who grow into separate yet connected entities: the seemingly strong and protective yet fearful Dominick, his mother's watchful "monkey"; and the seemingly weak and sweet yet noble Thomas, his mother's gentle "bunny". From childhood, Dominick fights for both separation and wholeness - and ultimately self-protection - in a house of fear dominated by Ray, a bully who abuses his power over these stepsons whose biological father is a mystery. But Dominick's talent for survival comes at an enormous cost, including the breakup of his marriage to the warm, beautiful Dessa, whom he still loves. And it will be put to the ultimate test when Thomas, a Bible-spouting zealot, commits an unthinkable act that threatens the tenuous balance of both his and Dominick's lives. Through his grandfather's life, Dominick learns that power, wrongly used, defeats the oppressor as well as the oppressed, and now, picking through the humble shards of his deconstructed life, he will search for the courage and love to forgive, to expiate his and his ancestors' transgressions, and finally to rebuild himself beyond the haunted shadow of his twin.

"A very complex, engaging book that you might struggle to get through but it is well worth the effort."—Bobby O., Nonprofit Central Specialist/Community Engagement Librarian

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Autobiography of an Execution

A riveting, artfully written memoir of a lawyer's life as he races to prevent death row inmates from being executed.—Provided by the publisher

"David Dow provides a compelling first hand account of what is means to be a death penalty lawyer and our criminal justice system. This is a book that will stay with you."—Bobby O., Nonprofit Central Specialist/Community Engagement Librarian

Autobiography of an Execution

David Dow
345.764 Dow

A riveting, artfully written memoir of a lawyer's life as he races to prevent death row inmates from being executed.—Provided by the publisher

"David Dow provides a compelling first hand account of what is means to be a death penalty lawyer and our criminal justice system. This is a book that will stay with you."—Bobby O., Nonprofit Central Specialist/Community Engagement Librarian

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His Majesty's Dragon

When the HMS Reliant captures a French ship and its priceless cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, Captain Will Laurence is swept into an unexpected kinship with an extraordinary creature and joins the elite Aerial Corps as a master of the dragon Temaraire, in which role he must match wits with the powerful dragon-borne forces of Napoleon Bonaparte.

His Majesty's Dragon

Naomi Novik
SF Novik

When the HMS Reliant captures a French ship and its priceless cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, Captain Will Laurence is swept into an unexpected kinship with an extraordinary creature and joins the elite Aerial Corps as a master of the dragon Temaraire, in which role he must match wits with the powerful dragon-borne forces of Napoleon Bonaparte.

"Ever since I've been a kid, I've loved dragons. I will read any book with a dragon in it, which is why I originally picked this series up. The book is a retelling of the Napoleonic wars, but in a world where countries use dragons as an Air Force. This series has everything that makes great historical fantasy, from fast-paced action to fully fleshed out characters and well plotted storylines. This book, and the rest of the series are just a delight to read, and you can't help but fall in love with the characters. I also recommend Naomi Novik's fairy tale retelling, as an author she never disappoints."—Erica B. Community Engagement Librarian

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Spoon River Anthology

The dead arise from their sleep in the cemetery of a small Midwestern town to tell their individual stories about an entire community caught in a web of scandal, sin, and vice in the early twentieth century.

"Every time I read Spoon River it gives me goosebumps. The poems weave together to paint a picture of the town, cross-referencing each other and contradicting each other and providing different perspectives on the same events. Masters does a fantastic job of creating distinct characters in just a few lines."—Lily J., Information Assistant

Spoon River Anthology

Edgar Lee Masters
811.52 Mas

The dead arise from their sleep in the cemetery of a small Midwestern town to tell their individual stories about an entire community caught in a web of scandal, sin, and vice in the early twentieth century.

"Every time I read Spoon River it gives me goosebumps. The poems weave together to paint a picture of the town, cross-referencing each other and contradicting each other and providing different perspectives on the same events. Masters does a fantastic job of creating distinct characters in just a few lines."—Lily J., Information Assistant

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Matter : a Culture novel

In a distant-future, highly advanced society of seemingly unlimited technological capability, a crime is committed within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one--maybe two--people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.

Matter : a Culture novel

Iain Banks
Ebook
Series: The Culture Series

In a distant-future, highly advanced society of seemingly unlimited technological capability, a crime is committed within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one--maybe two--people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever. Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has become an agent of the Culture's Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilizations throughout the greater galaxy. Concealing her new identity--and her particular set of abilities--might be a dangerous strategy. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else's war is never a simple matter.

"This is one of the later books in the Culture Series but a perfect example of good science fiction."—Bill W., C&M

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Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

A little boy who feels sad and blue learns that he is lucky after listening to an old man talk of other people's misfortunes—Baker & Taylor

"I received this book for Christmas when I was about 5 and the message is simple—be thankful for your life as there are always others that are less fortunate. It was an important message throughout my life and seems especially relevant today."—Paula GO., Web Administrator

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Dr. Seuss
Ej Se

A little boy who feels sad and blue learns that he is lucky after listening to an old man talk of other people's misfortunes—Baker & Taylor

"I received this book for Christmas when I was about 5 and the message is simple—be thankful for your life as there are always others that are less fortunate. It was an important message throughout my life and seems especially relevant today."—Paula GO., Web Administrator

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Dealing with Dragons

"When princess Cimorene learns that her parents intend to marry her off, she takes her fate into her own hands by running away and offering to work as a 'captive' princess for a dragon, and many adventures ensue.

"This is the book that made me fall in love with dragons and fantasy. Its great characters and witty charm delight me every time, no matter how many times I've read the series (3 times so far)."—Lily J., Information Assistant

Dealing with Dragons

Patricia C. Wrede
J Wr
Series: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

"When princess Cimorene learns that her parents intend to marry her off, she takes her fate into her own hands by running away and offering to work as a 'captive' princess for a dragon, and many adventures ensue.

"This is the book that made me fall in love with dragons and fantasy. Its great characters and witty charm delight me every time, no matter how many times I've read the series (3 times so far)."—Lily J., Information Assistant

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Wild Beauty

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, hiding a terrible legacy, until mysterious Fel arrives and Estrella helps him explore his dangerous past.

—Jackie L., Senior Information Assistant, VITAL

Wild Beauty

Anna-Marie McLemore
Y Mclemor

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, hiding a terrible legacy, until mysterious Fel arrives and Estrella helps him explore his dangerous past.

—Jackie L., Senior Information Assistant, VITAL

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