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Works: 1,322 works in 1,330 publications in 1 language and 1,461 library holdings
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Classifications: PS3563.E8134, 813.54
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Edwidge Danticat: The dew breaker by Edwidge Danticat( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Edwidge Danticat spent most of early years with her aunt and uncle and then at the age of 12 moved to Brooklyn to be with her parents. She began writing not long after, and since then her essays and stories have appeared in numerous periodicals. She is a recipient of a James Michener Fellowship and awards from Seventeen and Essence, and Granta named her one of the twenty "Best of American Novelists" in 1996. Her collection of Haitian stories, Krik? Krak!, was a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award, and she received a Pushcart Prize for short fiction. The Dew Breaker is her latest novel
Walter Isaacson: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bestselling biographer Walter Isaacson is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Kissinger: A Biography and Einsten: His Life and Universe. He is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute for educational and policy studies. The recipient of several awards for his reporting, including the Overseas Press Club Award for foreign news interpretation, Isaacson has served as the Chairman and CEO of CNN and as Editor of Time Magazine. His timely new biography of the late Apple chief executive is a testament to an icon that represented the intersection of creativity and technology. Composed of more than 40 interviews with Jobs himself, as well as with more than 200 friends, colleagues, and adversaries, Steve Jobs traces the unprecedented career and extraordinary life of the beloved pioneer. Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture. Sponsored by Stradley Ronon
Taylor Branch: At Canaan's edge : America in the King years, 1965-68 by Taylor Branch( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A journalist and civil-rights activist, Taylor Branch is the author of America in the King Years, athree part biography of Martin Luther King. Considered a "major accomplishment in biography as social history," the trilogy is composed of Parting the Waters (1954-1963), Pillar of Fire (1963-1965), and now, the final volume, At Canaan's Edge. Parting the Waters was hailed as a landmark achievement, winning the Pulitzer Prize for History, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Christopher Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Current Interest. Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture
Claire Messud: The woman upstairs by Claire Messud( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Known for her deft ability to conjure the lives and mores of radically different characters, Claire Messud is "a writer of near-miraculous perfection" (New York Times). Her books include When the World Was Steady, The Hunters, and The Last Life -- all New York Times Notable Books of the Year -- and The Emperor's Children, a cutting portrait of life among Manhattan's junior intelligentsia that was long-listed for the Booker Prize. A PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, she is the recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships, as well as the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In her new book, a consistent friend and tidy neighbor is transformed by desire for a world beyond her own
Edward St. Aubyn: Lost for words by Edward St. Aubyn( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Intoxicatingly witty" (The New York Review of Books) author Edward St. Aubyn has chronicled the harrowing childhood and complicated adulthood of Patrick Melrose, painting an extraordinary--and broadly autobiographical--portrait of the beleaguered and self-loathing world of privilege, and offering a "spectacularly toxic confection" (The Village Voice) of the decadence, amorality, greed, and cruelty of the declining British aristocracy. His new novel, Lost for Words, is a droll and satirical look at the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture. In this "laugh-out-loud sendup of literary prizes" (Kirkus), St. Aubyn asks how we can ever hope to recognize real talent when everyone has an agenda
Simon Winchester: The man who loved China : Joseph Needham and the Making of a Masterpiece by Simon Winchester( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Winchester explores topics from the urbane to the catastrophic in his bestselling nonfiction books, which include The Professor and the Madman, an intriguing behind-the-scenes story of the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary, and Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883. The subject of his latest book, Joseph Needham, was a British biochemist best known for his work on the history of Chinese science
Edward Ball: Slaves in the family by Edward Ball( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Ball's National Book Award-Winning narrative chronicles the biographical history of his family and the 4,000 slaves they owned across 20 rice plantations
Gary Shteyngart: Little failure : a memoir by Gary Shteyngart( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The satire of Nikolai Gogol and Richard Linklater meet in the absurdity, frenetic detail, and cultural obsessions of Gary Shteyngart's novels. His 2002 debut, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction. He followed with Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story, which were lauded by the New York Times Book Review as among the best novels of their respective years. The "ridiculously witty and painfully prescient" (Time) Shteyngart returns with a tender, self-deprecating, rollicking memoir of his experiences in the contradictory worlds of uber-consumerist America and the perpetually deprived Soviet Union of his youth. It was in this space between that he struggled for purchase, for a voice, for love, and from which he ultimately emerged with a resonant and unflinching perspective on both worlds
Carlos Eire: Waiting for snow in Havana by Carlos M. N Eire( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in Havana in 1950, Carlos Eire was one of fourteen thousand unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan in the early '60s. Today he is the Yale University Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies. Narrated with the urgency of a confession and reading like a novel, Eire's arresting memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana, won the 2003 National Book Award. Chosen as the 2007 One Book One Philadelphia featured title, Waiting for Snow in Havana offers readers many opportunities to consider and discuss this year's theme of immigration
Oscar Hijuelos: A simple Habana melody by Oscar Hijuelos( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar Hijuelos turns the characters and experiences of his Cuban-American heritage into fictional works that consistently win both critical and popular praise. Hijuelos was the first Latino to receive the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for fiction, honored for his lyrical second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, which was later turned into a film starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas. A Simple Habana Melody is his sixth novel
David McCullough: The greater journey : Americans in Paris by David G McCullough( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David McCullough's bestselling books have created a renaissance of interest in American history. His affinity for morally complex subjects results in fascinating, in-depth biographical studies. He has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. McCullough is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian award. The Greater Journey is a chronicle of the many gifted and ambitious young Americans whose time in 19th century Paris changed the course of American literature, medicine, art, architecture, music, and dance. Introduced by Pennsylvania's First Lady, Susan Corbett
Jhumpa Lahiri: The namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jhumpa Lahiri received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her debut collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Agni, and Story Quarterly, as well as in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories. The Namesake, her first novel, "beautifully enriches and expands on her signature themes: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and the tangled ties between generations."
James McBride: The good lord bird by James McBride( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James McBride is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir and 2004 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, in which "race and religion are transcended by family love" (New York Times Book Review). His novels include Miracle at St. Anna -- which he adapted for Spike Lee's film -- and Song Yet Sung, a tragic and triumphant tale of a slave revolt in Maryland during the tense days before the Civil War. McBride is an award-winning composer and screenwriter and a former staff writer for The Boston Globe, People, and The Washington Post. In The Good Lord Bird, a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown's crusade, concealing his identity and gender to survive. James McBride was joined onstage by his band for the "John Brown Good God, Good Lord, Good Riddance Gospel Tour." Please note that the music was not mixed for rebroadcast; as a result, some of the songs distort during playback. If you were here you know how good they sounded live!
Taylor Branch: Pillar of fire by Taylor Branch( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author and activist discusses the second volume of his monumental civil rights history series
Michael Lewis: The big short : inside the doomsday machine by Michael Lewis( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acid yet entertaining, Michael Lewis is a skilled chronicler of our times. He was a top bond salesman at Salomon Brothers before he left to become a writer, and Liar's Poker, his semiautobiographical account of life on Wall Street in the 1980s, is considered one of the defining books of that time. He has gone on to tackle topics from Silicon Valley (The New New Thing and Next) to the electoral process (Trail Fever) to sports (Moneyball). His book about football, The Blind Side, was recently adapted into a movie starring Sandra Bullock. Now, he returns to his financial roots with The Big Short, a look at the 2008 crash of the United States economy. Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture
Kate DiCamillo: The magician's elephant by Kate DiCamillo( Recording )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate DiCamillo is a critically acclaimed, bestselling author of novels and stories for children. Her books include the Newbery Award winner The Tale of Despereaux and the Newbery Honor book Because of Winn-Dixie--both of which were adapted into successful feature films. She is also the author of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award finalist. Her much-anticipated new novel, The Magician's Elephant, follows Peter Augustus Duchene's search for his missing sister on the advice of a mysterious fortune-teller. Signing Guidelines: Ms DiCamillo will sign and personalize one title and sign (but not personalize) up to two additional titles per person. She will not sign promotional materials such as posters, autograph books, personal items, etc
Sue Monk Kidd: The invention of wings by Sue Monk Kidd( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A direct literary descendant of Carson McCullers" (The Baltimore Sun), Sue Monk Kidd grapples with the struggles of women to be heard, loved, and understood. Her no. 1 New York Times bestseller The Secret Life of Bees maps a young girl's "journey toward self-acceptance, faith and freedom" (USA Today) amidst the unrest of 1960s South Carolina. Kidd is also the author of the bestselling The Mermaid Chair. Both were adapted into popular films. Her nonfiction writing explores feminist theology, personal memoir, contemplative Christianity, and her introspective relationship with her daughter. The Invention of Wings follows the fortunes of two women, one a slave and the other born into a life of privilege, who nevertheless forge a profound bond as they strive toward liberation and achievement over several decades in the early 19th-century South
Russell Gold: The boom : how fracking ignited the American energy revolution and changed the world by Russell Gold( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wall Street Journal energy reporter Russell Gold was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Gerald Loeb Award winner for his coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its aftermath. His articles on fracking and shale gas were some of the first to explore the issues, personalities, and technologies involved in this once-obscure energy source. In The Boom, "an insider's guide to the most controversial energy-production technique in the United States" (Kirkus), Gold provides a sober and meticulously researched look at fracking and its place in the American landscape and in the global economy
Carol Shields: The stone diaries by Carol Shields( )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses her fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett, an unconventional everywoman
Jill Lepore: The secret history of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian and chair of Harvard's History and Literature Program, Jill Lepore is the author of the Carnegie Medal finalist The Mansion of Happiness; The Story of America, an examination of the nature of history and the shaping of its narrative; New York Burning, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Name of War, recipient of the Bancroft Prize; and the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages, a detailed portrait of Jane Franklin, Benjamin's beloved sister. Her new book reveals the feminist origin of Wonder Woman, one of the most popular female superheroes of all time
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