The Peter White Public Library offers these new adult nonfiction books:
And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, a Life, by Charles J. Shields. Biographer Shields worked with Vonnegut during the last year of his life, up until his death in 2007. This year, he released his biography of the intriguing 20th century literary personality.
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington, by Condoleezza Rice. Rice gives a candid account of her tenure as national security advisor and U.S. secretary of state during the George W. Bush presidency. Includes insights into the decision process that guided the Bush administration following 9/11.
Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World, by John F. Szwed. Alan Lomax produced and amassed an extremely large volume of musical recordings, effectively documenting the folk music scene of the 20th century. He was very involved in bringing folk music to the mainstream, and a student of the folklore behind the music.
My Life, Deleted: A Memoir, by Scott Bolzan. When Scott Bolzan slipped and hit his head at work in 2008 his life changed. His case of permanent retrograde amnesia is one of the worst on record. His story is one of perseverance, having lost memories of his family, friends, and career.
My Horse Warrior: The Original War Horse, by J.E.B. Seely, First Baron Mottistone. The true story behind the recent film release "War Horse," this book was originally published in 1934. It has been republished to coincide with the movie release and contains new illustrations, as well as a new forward and introduction. A tale of friendship and survival during World War I and beyond.
Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between A Marine And His Military Working Dog, by Mike C. Dowling. Marine sergeant Mike Dowling and his teammate Rex, the German shepherd, worked together to find explosives in Iraq. Dowling had previously trained leader dogs for the blind, and was determined to join the K9 team once he enlisted. Filled with tales of their bomb-detection work.
The Garner Files, by James Garner. James Garner had a rough path to stardom. He left home at age 14, and was the first draftee into the Korean War from his home state of Oklahoma. He earned two Purple Hearts during his service. He struggled with stage fright and depression before becoming a premier actor working with some of the biggest names in the business.
- Bruce MacDonald