Reviews and Blog Posts: Biographies

Things Are Heating Up!

Mambo in Chinatown

Here at the library, we're not just thinking about a Summer of Reading for kids and teens--summer is a great time for EVERYONE to read, and we're already looking ahead to the hot books that you'll be craving. Whether you're a mystery buff, want to get lost in the world of science fiction or fantasy, can't get enough of compelling memoirs and biographies, or like a little bit of everything, we've got a summer book on order for you! Get on the holds list for your favorite author's new book today--or try something new!

Personalized Reading Lists: Marriage Stories

For the librarians on the Personalized Reading List team, making custom lists is one of the best parts of our job! We've been going strong for over a year now and, to date, we've completed over 400 personalized lists for our customers. Each list is unique, consisting of titles hand-selected by a librarian based on that customer's preferences. If you haven't requested your list yet, we want you to know what you're missing! Each month in this new column, we'll feature a recently-created list to give you a taste of what to expect from this new service.

Feeling the Heat? Think About These Fall Books!

Fallen Women

Did you know that the library has many books on order 3-4 months ahead of their publication? Wish that you knew about things earlier so that you don't have to wait so long?

Here are some of the recently ordered October titles. Let us know which one you're the most excited about!

Fiction:

Dirty Love, Andre Dubus

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Big Man Will Be Missed

Big Man

The music world lost one of it's biggest and brightest when Clarence Clemons passed away this Saturday. The Big Man was a favorite of many E Street Band fans and thrilled all with his colorful and soulful saxophone playing.

Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales by Clarence Clemons and Don Reo is a collection of stories from his life and a peek at his experiences and adventures.

Here are a few of the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band CDs available at Denver Public Library:

Going on vacation with Slash

Slash

This year I'm skipping the traditional beach read and taking some rock 'n' roll with me instead.

These stories will surely make any vacation debauchery seem tame in comparison. So if you find yourself cringing after a night of too many margaritas, take solace in knowing that the boys of Mötley Crüe have you beat by a mile. Seriously.

Mercury Rising

Queen A Night at the Opera

No need to wait for June 21 to announce the arrival of summer.  The sound of Freddie Mercury's voice floating across area parks is the real indicator summer has arrived.

There are plenty of new music biographies but none more anticipated than Is This the Real Life? by Mark Blake.  The book delivers and makes you yearn for more Queen, more Freddie Mercury. While you put yourself on the hold list for the book, take a tour of the best of Queen.

Cotton Mill Girls

Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls

Browsing the new biography section at the Central Library led me to discover a collection of personal histories of women living and working in Southern mill towns, a surprising link to my own family history.

My great grandmother Zella was a child employee for the  Eureka Cotton Mill in Tennessee.  She was nearly 102 years old by the time I discovered this fact.  Zella wasn't tall enough to reach her work so she was hoisted on boxes and tied in place, making sure she wouldn't fall into the dangerous equipment.  Job safety being what it was, some of her friends weren't as fortunate.  She wouldn't say much about this experience other than she and her family had been grateful for the work.

Educations of Wandering Men

Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L'Amour

Encouraged by Louis L'Amour's call to become a "wandering reader," I discovered three titles that offer adventure and the kinship of wonderful storytellers.

At the age of 15, L'Amour left school and made the world his classroom. In Education of A Wandering Man, he shares, "The greatest gift anyone can give to another is the desire to know, to understand...Life is for delving, discovering, learning."

Premiere Reads: Veteran’s Day

Honor the memory of a veteran and join Dennis Hagen, archivist for the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center and liaison to the Veteran’s History Project, as he shares the resources capturing veterans’ experiences on Wednesday, November 17, 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

Bring your new or favorite history read to share. Some popular or recently published selections include:

Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) comes to the Pepsi Center this Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. This modern theatrical sport bears little resemblance to the ancient athletic rite of passage, but its place in popular culture can not be denied. Can't make it to the event? Check out these great DVDs!

Recently Released Wrestling DVDs include:

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