Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune by John Merriman
Chasing Gold: The Incredible Story of How the Nazis Stole Europe's Bullion by George M. Taber
Digging for Richard III: the search for the lost king by Mike Pitts
Sophia: princess, suffragette, revolutionary by Anita Anand
Glow: the autobiography of Rick James by Rick James with David Ritz
Chaucer's tale: 1386 and the road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm
A royal experiment: the private life of King George III by Janice Hadlow
On my own two feet: from losing my legs to learning the dance of life by Amy Purdy with Michelle Burford
Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson
At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch
Rocket boys [large print]: a memoir by Homer H. Hickam Jr
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan
Unbroken [large print]: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Fall of giants by Ken Follett
Winter of the world by Ken Follett
Fifty shades of Grey [large print] by E.L. James
The little plant doctor: a story about George Washington Carver by Jean Marzollo — An introduction to the life of George Washington Carver.
Annie Jump Cannon, astronomer by Carole Gerber — A biography about an early female astronomer.
On his own terms: a life of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith
Embattled rebel: Jefferson Davis as commander in chief by James M. McPherson
Watch me: a memoir by Anjelica Huston
Pioneer girl: the annotated autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder ; Pamela Smith Hill, editor
There was a little girl: the real story of my mother and me by Brooke Shields
The great reformer: Francis and the making of a radical pope by Austen Ivereigh
Napoleon: a life by Andrew Roberts
Ambition and desire: the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams
Seven letters from Paris: a memoir by Samantha Vérant
The art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell ; foreword by Audrey Niffenegger
Victoria: a life by A.N. Wilson
I must say: my life as a humble comedy legend by Martin Short ; with David Kamp
So anyway... by John Cleese
The wild truth by Carine McCandless
John Adams, the writer: a treasury of letters, diaries, and public documents by compiled and edited by Carolyn P. Yoder
John & Abigail Adams: an American love story by Judith St. George
Ansel Adams: America's photographer ; a biography for young people by Beverly Gherman
Failure is impossible: the story of Susan B. Anthony by Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon
Not my father's son: a memoir by Alan Cumming
On immunity: an inoculation by Eula Biss
Mali under the night sky: a Lao story of home by Youme — An artist must leave her home because of war.
The watcher: Jane Goodall's life with the chimps by Jeanette Winter — Find out more about this chimpanzee-loving woman.
Bowie: the biography by Wendy Leigh
The good son: JFK Jr. and the mother he loved by Christopher Andersen
Eugene O'Neill: a life in four acts by Robert M. Dowling
The woman I wanted to be by Diane von Furstenberg
Not fade away: a memoir of senses lost and found by Rebecca Alexander with Sascha Alper
A man most driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the founding of America by Peter Firstbrook
Charlie Chaplin: a brief life by Peter Ackroyd
Jerry Lee Lewis: his own story by Rick Bragg
Yes please by Amy Poehler
Joan of Arc: a life transfigured by Kathryn Harrison
Rozelle: a biography by Jerry Izenberg ; foreword by David Stern
Scribe: my life in sports by Bob Ryan
Isabella: the warrior queen by Kirstin Downey
Brian Jones: the making of the Rolling Stones by Paul Trynka
Daring: my passages: a memoir by Gail Sheehy
Eleanor of Aquitaine: the mother queen of the Middle Ages by Desmond Seward
Neil Patrick Harris: choose your own autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris ; as unshredded and pasted back together by David Javerbaum
Mr. Hockey: my story by Gordie Howe
One lucky bastard: tales from Tinseltown by Roger Moore with Gareth Owen
Tecumseh: a life by John Sugden
Sacajawea by [by] Harold P. Howard
Crazy Horse: a Lakota life by Kingsley M. Bray
Pocahontas by Grace Steele Woodward
Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.
Henri's scissors by Jeanette Winter — The story of how Henri Matisse changed from sketching to making cut-out creations.
Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson — A lesser-known singer from the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills' story is told here.
Daredevil: the daring life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy — Looking for more variety in your stories about achievements in aviation?
The quite contrary man: a true American tale by Patricia Rusch Hyatt ; illustrated by Kathryn Brown — Breaking the law by growing a beard? A contrary (and interesting) man, indeed!
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian — A Caldecott-winning biography about a curious nature photographer.
Augustus: first emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy
The Roosevelts: an intimate history by Geoffrey C. Ward ; based on a documentary film by Ken Burns ; with a preface by Ken Burns ; picture research by Susanna Steisel ; design by Maggie Hinders
Tennessee Williams: mad pilgrimage of the flesh by John Lahr
Cosby: his life and times by Mark Whitaker
Death of a king: the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year by Tavis Smiley with David Ritz
Because of my superior location near the New Book shelves, I get first crack at the new items that come in, including the chapter books, the picture books, even nonfiction and biographies. Did you know that a biography is a book about a real person? Today I snuck a new biography about Peter Roget, the person who made Roget’s Thesaurus. Guess what? A thesaurus is not a dinosaur. It’s a list of words, and the ones that mean the same thing are all grouped together. Peter Roget always made lists of things, from when he was a very little boy, and one day those lists became his first thesaurus.You can even browse a version of Roget’s Thesaurus online.
The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator
Find other fascinating stories about real people in the J Biography section at the back of the Children’s Department, or ask a Children's Librarian.
Wilson [large print] by A. Scott Berg
Heart [large print]: an American medical odyssey by Dick Cheney and Jonathan Reiner, MD, with Liz Cheney
You must remember this [large print]: life and style in Hollywood's golden age by Robert J. Wagner with Scott Eyman