L.M. Montgomery

Jane Urquhart
2009
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New material about the private life of Lucy Maud Montgomery has prompted a searching look at the beloved author of Anne of Green Gables. While her fictional characters inhabited a world where love and close community bonds overcame all tribulations, Montgomery’s real life was marked by grief and loneliness. Married to a clergyman who suffered from a debilitating mental illness, Montgomery struggled to keep up appearances in a Victorian society that valued propriety at all costs. As she aged, depression engulfed her; nonetheless, throughout her life, she maintained her prolific output of fiction, attracting ever-increasing numbers of fans. Acclaimed novelist Jane Urquhart has written several novels centring on the role of the artist. Here, she explores the life of a woman whose successful literary career broke the boundaries set for women of her time, but who could not escape the societal strictures of Victorian Canada or her own demons.

The Lost Landscape : A Writer’s Coming of Age

lost_landscapeJoyce Carol Oates
2015
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The Lost Landscape is Joyce Carol Oates’ vivid chronicle of her hardscrabble childhood in rural western New York State. From memories of her relatives, to those of a charming bond with a special red hen on her family farm; from her first friendships to her earliest experiences with death, The Lost Landscape is a powerful evocation of the romance of childhood, and its indelible influence on the woman and the writer she would become.

Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance

dreams_fatherBarack Obama
2004
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In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father—a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man—has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

 

H is for hawk

hawkHelen MacDonald
2015
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Extremely well-written memoir about how hawking helped her grieve for her beloved father. It is also a portrait of T. H. White, the tortured writer, who wrote a book about hawking and whose life she revisits.

Rosa Parks: my story

rosa_parksRosa Parks
1992
923.673 P252h

Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable (Chapters).

Here comes trouble

here_comes_troubleMichael Moore
2011
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Pour ceux qui aiment Michael Moore. Vous allez rire. Ceci n’est pas une biographie, mais plutôt des anecdotes de toutes sortes tirées de la vie de Michael Moore et que l’auteur veut bien partager.

Just kids

just_kidsPatti Smith
2010
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La chanteuse rock Patti Smith prends la plume pour raconter l’histoire de sa rencontre de jeunesse avec le photographe Robert Mapplethorpe dans le New York artistique et bohême des années 60 et 70. Un témoignage sur deux vocations artistiques sans compromis, mais surtout une grande histoire d’amour et d’amitié.