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Books about Biography

Delayed Legacy: A Son’s Search for the Story of His Father’s Death after D-Day

Conrad John Netting IV (author)

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When the infant Conrad Netting received his late father’s Air Medal in a military ceremony in February 1945, it seemed to close the book on yet another tragedy of World War II. But what appeared to be closure was only a pause. Katherine Netting became part of the silent generation, speaking little of the deep anguish left by her husband’s death when his fighter plane crashed in Normandy four days after D-Day....

Upon reading the wartime letters of Katherine and Conrad Netting, I was thunderstruck. Theirs was a story unlike anything I had ever encountered before. . . . Nettings...Andrew Carroll, editor of War Letters

Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman

Paul Mariani (author)

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Dream Song is the story of John Berryman, one of the most gifted poets of a generation that included Elizabeth Bishop, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, and Dylan Thomas. Using Berryman's unpublished letters and poetry, as well as interviews with those who knew him intimately, Paul Mariani captures Berryman's genius and the tragedy that dogged him while also illuminating one of the most provocative periods in American...

The ups and downs of Berryman's fascinating, excruciating life are beautifully retold. . . . A scrupulous, sensitive biography that is full of pity and wonder, that...USA Today

Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents

Kurt Caswell (author)

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Writer, teacher, and adventurer Kurt Caswell has spent his adult life canoeing, hiking, and pedaling his way toward a deeper understanding of our vast and varied world. Getting to Grey Owl chronicles over twenty years of Caswell’s travels as he buys a rug in Morocco, rides a riverboat in China, attends a bullfight in Spain, climbs four mountains in the United Kingdom, and backpacks a challenging route through...

Kurt Caswell is a man with an unrequited wanderlust.Barbaraq blog

Hail of Fire: A Man and His Family Face Natural Disaster

Randy Fritz (author)

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Hail of Fire: A Man and His Family Face Natural Disaster is an intimate account of the third worst wildfire in modern U.S. history, and the most destructive in the history of Texas. It is a memoir of what happened to Randy Fritz, an artist turned politician turned public policy leader, and his family during and after the Bastrop County Complex fire in 2011. Combining a searing account of the fire as it grew to...

If you've ever loved a tree—or a person—do yourself a favor: read this book, because at its core love in all its splendor and sadness is what it’s...Jan Jarboe Russell, author of The Train To Crystal City

Immigrant Miller Picks Texas: The Letters of Carl Hilmar Guenther

Carl Hilmar Guenther (author)

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The letters in Immigrant Miller Picks Texas describe the odyssey of Carl Hilmar Guenther, who sailed from Germany in 1848 at the age of twenty-two to seek his fortune in America. For two years he tried his hand at construction and factory work in New York, farming and milling in Wisconsin and Ohio, and carpentry on a plantation in Louisiana. Then he learned of opportunities in Texas. In 1851 Guenther built the only...

The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall

Marc Bekoff (editor), Dale Peterson (editor)

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Jane Goodall, who turned eighty on April 3, 2014, is known around the world as a groundbreaking primatologist, the foremost expert on chimpanzees, and a passionate conservationist. In her nearly sixty-year career, Goodall has touched the hearts of millions of people. The Jane Effect is an anthology of testimonies by Goodall’s friends and colleagues honoring her as a scientific pioneer, inspiring teacher, devoted...

Jane Goodall powerfully redefined the way we see our fellow primates.New York Times

José María de Jesús Carvajal: The Life and Times of a Mexican Revolutionary

Joseph E. Chance (author)

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Both a biography of the Mexican reformer and a study of the events that shaped the Mexican-U.S. border, José María de Jesús Carvajal examines the challenges faced by Carvajal during the turbulent decades of the early to mid-nineteenth century. Carvajal, whose career stretched from the Texas Revolution to the French Intervention, played a key role in the violent struggle between the liberal and conservative political...

José María de Jesús Carvajal is a well-written and documented biography of an extraordinary man who, like many figures, remained in the shadows of... — Pacific Historical Review

Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick: A Journal of Early Texas

Mary A. Maverick (author), Maverick Fairchild Fisher (editor), Rena Maverick Green (editor), Paula Mitchell Marks (foreword), George Madison Maverick (contributor)

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This new edition of the Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick—until now unchanged since the first in 1921—is carefully reedited with new illustrations and, for the first time, an index and extensive annotations to put the leading characters and subjects into perspective.As the young wife of Samuel A. Maverick, a Yale-educated landholder whose name has entered the English language, Mary Adams Maverick came to Texas less than two...

A vivid picture of life on the Texas frontier. — New Handbook of Texas

Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston III

Christopher J. Preston (author)

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Saving Creation is the compelling story of Templeton Prize winner and Gifford lecturer Holmes Rolston III. Known as the father of environmental ethics, Rolston is celebrated for his advocacy to protect the Earth’s biodiversity and for his critical work reconciling evolutionary biology and Christianity. Christopher J. Preston conducted countless hours of personal interviews with Rolston, his family members, and his...

This lively intellectual biography fully examines the biblical and academic traditions from which Rolston’s philosophy developed, and the worldwide movement which...Publishers Weekly

William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked

Paul Mariani (author)

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William Carlos Williams emerged alongside Pound, Eliot, Stevens, Frost, and Yeats as one of the foremost poets of the twentieth century. Paterson, Williams's epic masterpiece, raised everyday American speech to the highest levels of poetic imagination. A finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book, William Carlos Williams is a remarkable, rich blend of art and scholarship. From a small-town...

The most laudable aspect of Paul Mariani's critical biography of William Carlos Williams is that it largely succeeds in placing him, in his biographer's words, as ''the...New York Times Book Review

The World According to Coleen

Coleen Grissom (author)

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In a collection of musings that is as much historical record as it is memoir, Coleen Grissom provides a unique view of life on and off an American university campus. As an administrator and faculty member at Trinity University in San Antonio for over five decades, Grissom has seen the feminist movement take hold, the sexual revolution take off, and the tragic deaths of students, friends, and family. Her honest, witty,...

Coleen Grissom is a superb example of Dear Reader—the intelligent, passionate, fully engaged, gets-all-the-jokes audience. And she’s not exactly shy about sharing her...Margaret Atwood, author of Moral Disorder and Other Stories