Friday, February 1, 2013

New Biographies

A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey by Chrissie Wellington
In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer to the sport and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A life without limits is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, and the trails of Argentina, and first across the finish line.–Summary.

Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass
“Eight-year-old Aimee was on the child protection register at birth. Her school repeatedly reported concerns about her bruises. And her five older half-siblings were taken into care many years ago. So no one can understand why she was left at home to suffer for so long.”–Cover.

January First by Michael Schofield
January First captures Michael and his family's remarkable story in a narrative that forges new territory within books about mental illness. In the beginning, readers see Janni’s incredible early potential. Next, they witnesses early warning signs that something is not right, Michael’s attempts to rationalize what’s happening, and his descent alongside his daughter into the abyss of schizophrenia. Their battle has included a two-year search for answers, countless medications and hospitalizations, allegations of abuse, despair that almost broke their family apart and, finally, victories against the illness and a new faith that they can create a life for Janni filled with moments of happiness.”–Jacket.

Solo: A Memoir of Hope by Hope Solo
Solo is a candid and moving memoir about family, loss, and reconciliation from the supremely talented and headline-making goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team.–Summary.

The Boy No One Loved by Casey Watson
“'We're hungry,' his brother kept repeating. 'We're hungry, Justin. Please find us some food.' There was nothing. There never was. Though he looked anyway… He felt tears spring into his eyes. And he also felt anger. What was he supposed to do? Justin was just five years old; his brothers two and three. Their mother, a heroin-addict, had left them hungry and alone. Later that day, after trying to burn down the family home, Justin was taken into care.”–Cover.

The Great One: The Complete Wayne Gretzky Collection by Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated followed The Great One's career right from the very beginning. Starting in 1978, when a young Gretzky was a playing for the Soo Greyhounds, they had their best writers cover his rise to fame. His staggering career stats tend to overshadow the struggles he faced in his career -- the early days in Edmonton, his surprising trade to the LA Kings, his goal-droughts, his struggles with injury and playing though his father's near death.–Summary.

The Tale of Two Nazanins by Nazanin Afshin-Jam
“Nazanin Afshin-Jam was on top of the world. In 2006, she had just signed her first record deal and, after placing as first runner-up for Miss World, was a sought-after fashion model and an icon within the Iranian dissident community. But one afternoon, she received an email that would change the course of her life. The subject of that email—a Kurdish girl named Nazanin Fatehi—was facing execution in Iran, as punishment for stabbing a man who had tried to rape her. Afshin-Jam quickly came to Fatehi’s defence, striding into the world of international diplomacy and confronting the dark side of the country of her birth, with its honour killings, violence against women and state-sanctioned execution of children.”–Jacket.

The Taliban Don’t Wave by Robert Semrau
“Captain Robert Semrau’s military trial made international headlines—a Canadian soldier serving in Afghanistan arrested for allegedly killing a grievously wounded Taliban soldier in the field. The trial and its outcome are a matter of public record. What you are about to read about the tour of duty that inspired this book is not.”–Cover.