New biographies at the Truckee Library |

New biographies at the Truckee Library

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Regular readers of this column probably know I have a distinct bias toward non-fiction, which is actually quite common among librarian-types. For every novel I read, I have probably read five to 10 works of non-fiction. The adage and#8220;truth is stranger than fiction,and#8221; applies to me. Or at least, itand#8217;s more interesting to me. Anyway, even I was impressed recently with the crop of new biographies on our shelves: everything from Tim Tebow to Dorothea Lange. Here is a quick synopsis of the latest and greatest in one of my favorite sections of the library, the biographies.

The man of the hour in the world of sports seems to be Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Now, in and#8220;Through My Eyes,and#8221; Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell and#8212; from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between.

Walter Issacsonand#8217;s and#8220;Steve Jobs,and#8221; published right after Joband#8217;s death last fall, is one of the most popular biographies on the shelf (or not on the shelf, as the case may be, since it is always checked out with a lengthy list of holds attached to it). Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years and#8212; as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues and#8212; Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.

and#8220;Dorothea Lange: A Life Without Limitsand#8221; is one of the most heralded biographies published recently. We all know Dorothea Langeand#8217;s iconic photos and#8212; the Migrant Mother holding her child, the shoeless children of the Dust Bowl and#8212; but now renowned American historian Linda Gordon brings them to three-dimensional life in this groundbreaking exploration of Langeand#8217;s transformation into a documentarist. Using Langeand#8217;s life to anchor a moving social history of 20th-century America, Gordon masterfully re-creates bohemian San Francisco, the Depression, and the Japanese-American internment camps. Accompanied by more than 100 images and#8212; many of them previously unseen and some formerly suppressed and#8212; Gordon has written a sparkling, fast-moving story that testifies to her status as one of the most gifted historians of our time.

Other recent acquisitions in the biography section include and#8220;Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Meand#8221; by Brad Paisley; and#8220;Prairie Tale: A Memoirand#8221; by Melissa Gilbert; and#8220;Here Comes Trouble: Stories of My Lifeand#8221; by Michael Moore; and#8220;The Big Fight: My Life in and Out of the Ringand#8221; by Sugar Ray Leonard; and#8220;A Widowand#8217;s Storyand#8221; by Joyce Carol Oates, and and#8220;West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Lifeand#8221; by Jerry West.-

Check it out at the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 530-582-7846,

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