One Life to Read

We only have one life to read, but there are so many lives to read about. Here are just a few of the many biographies of influential and inspirational lives that the library owns. Check them out!

  • Marian Anderson: A Singer's Journey
    by Allan Keiler

    Marian Anderson was a woman with two disparate voices. The first - a powerful, majestic contralto spanning four octaves - catapulted her from Philadelphia poverty to international fame. A second, softer voice emanated from her mere presence: an unwavering refrain of opportunity and accomplishment in the face of racial prejudice.

  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the business of life
    by Alice Schroeder

    "Here is the book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom.

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  • Thirty ways of looking at Hillary: Reflections by women writers
    by Susan Morrison

    "In Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary, New Yorker editor Susan Morrison has compiled this timely collection of thirty original pieces by America's most notable women writers. This pointillistic portrait paints a composite picture of Hillary Clinton, focusing on details from the personal to the political,

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  • Tried by war: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-chief
    by James M. McPherson

    "Though Abraham Lincoln arrived at the White House with no previous military experience, he quickly established himself as the greatest commander in chief in American history. James McPherson illuminates this often misunderstood and profoundly influential aspect of Lincoln's legacy."

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  • The American Journey of Barack Obama

    The editors of LIFE Books have collected a richly illustrated biography of presidential candidate Barack Obama. This work includes intimate pictures from Obama’s childhood and his time as editor of Harvard’s Law Review, and culminates with the historic Democratic National Convention.

  • Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton
    by Walter Payton

    Walter Payton -- the man they called Sweetness for the way he ran -- remains the most prolific running back in the history of the National Football League. The star of the Chicago Bears' only Super Bowl championship, Payton was voted the most popular sports figure in Chicago's history -- eleven times.Written in the last weeks of his life, with veteran journalist and author Don Yaeger, Never Die Easy presents Walter Payton's singular voice -- warm, plainspoken, funny, self-aware -- along with the voices of those who knew him best: his friends, family, teammates, and business associates.

  • The First Billion is the Hardest
    by T. Boone Pickens

    "Now eighty years old, T. Boone Pickens is a legendary figure in the business world. Known as the "Oracle of Oil" because of his uncanny ability to predict the direction of fuel prices, he built Mesa Petroleum, one of the largest independent oil companies in the United States, from a $2,500 investment."

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  • Sinatra in Hollywood
    by Tom Santopietro

    "Hollywood legend, Academy Award-winning actor, and recipient of the Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievement in film, Frank Sinatra carved out one of the biggest careers in the history of Hollywood, yet paradoxically his screen legacy has been overshadowed by his extraordinary achievements as a singer and recording artist. Until now."

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  • Call Me Ted
    by Ted Turner

    "An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend, and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. From his difficult childhood to the successful launch of his media empire to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal, Turner spares no details or feelings and takes the reader along on a wild and sometimes bumpy ride."--BOOK JACKET.

Last updated: March 13, 2014