New Books on the Biography Shelf

The most definitive biography to date of the poet Pablo Neruda, a moving portrait of one of the most intriguing and influential figures in Latin American history.

Paul Simon : the life by Robert Hilburn
My impossible life by Liza Cheuk May Chan

A no-holds-barred memoir of a Chinese woman born in Hong Kong under British colonial rule, nurtured and groomed in the 1950's and 1960's in that unique, bi-cultural society, came of age as a lesbian-feminist in New York City while an undergraduate at Barnard College in the 1970's, and proceeded to attain graduate and professional degrees as a "foreign student" in America. While practicing as a young attorney in Michigan in the early 1980's, she gained infamy as "the Chin Case lawyer," while overcoming multiple serious health challenges in the 1980's and 1990's. In the early 2000's, at the prime of her life and professional career, she became a paraplegic after a non-elective spinal cord surgery.