Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Biographies

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
“Teen advocate and trailblazer Jazz Jennings—named one of ‘The 25 Most Influential Teens’ of the year by Time—shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.”

How Can I Help?: A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist by David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden
“A humane behind-the-scenes account of a week in the life of a psychiatrist at one of Canada’s leading mental health hospitals. How Can I Help? takes us to the frontlines of modern psychiatric care.” –Amazon

Pablo Escobar: My Father by Juan Pablo Escobar
“More than two decades after the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with the king of cocaine, Juan Pablo Escobar travels to the past to reveal an unabridged version of his father―a man capable of committing the most extreme acts of cruelty while simultaneously professing infinite love for his family. This is not the story of a child seeking redemption for his father, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and the overwhelming need for peace and forgiveness.” –Amazon

The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra
“Rajiv Surendra (the rapping mathlete from Mean Girls) read Life of Pi, discovered it was being adapted into a major motion picture, and embarked on a ten-year journey to land the role of a lifetime--but this is not a journey of goals and victories, this is a story of obsessively pursuing a dream, overcoming failure, and finding meaning in life.” –Amazon

The Marriott Cell: An Epic Journey from Cairo's Scorpion Prison to Freedom by Mohamed Fahmy
“Award-winning journalist Mohamed Fahmy's widely anticipated account of his wrongful incarceration in Cairo's maximum-security Scorpion Prison for terrorists and political leaders, and his subsequent battle for justice, opens a remarkable window onto the closed world of Islamic fundamentalism and the bloody geopolitical struggles that dominate our headlines. An important book that reads like a political thriller, it is also a testament to the critical importance of journalism today; an inspiring love story that made front-page news; and a profoundly personal drama of one man's fight for freedom.” –Amazon

Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper by Jody Mitic
“Elite sniper Jody Mitic loved being a soldier. His raw, candid, and engrossing memoir follows his personal journey into the Canadian military, through sniper training, and firefights in Afghanistan, culminating on the fateful night when he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees.” –Amazon