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September 2023

Ava’s Man

by Rick Bragg

Ava’s Man is the story of Charlie Bundrum, Mr. Bragg’s grandfather, who died before he was born. It is a living story though, vibrant and powerful, showing why Charlie Bundrum is a legend in his own family, but also showing his flaws.

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphics Information Clerk

Posted in: Adult Biography

July 2021

Somebody’s Daughter; a memoir

by Ashley C. Ford

This beautifully told story of Ashley Ford’s life is filled with compelling stories and heartbreaking scenes. Raised by a volatile single mother, while her father sits in jail for a heinous crime, Ashley struggles to find her place and her voice. You will be charmed by the young, voracious reader of Ashley’s youth, and mourn for the childhood she was denied.  This page-turner is perfect for fans of memoir writers such as Roxane Gay and Lindy West.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive as an ebook.

Recommended by: Kara DeCarlo, Youth Services School Liaison

Posted in: Adult Biography

December 2020

You Never Forget Your First: A biography of George Washington

by Alexis Coe

I love history and reading about people and events of the past, but I often find those books so intimidating with their length and innumerous citations. These hefty tomes have a lot of great information in them, I’m sure, but sometimes it’s nice to find a quick read that still provides the knowledge you crave but in a more compact book. That’s what you find in this book. Alexis Coe, the first woman to ever write a biography about George Washington, walks us through the life of George Washington from his time fighting for the British in the French and Indian War to his deathbed. Coe includes charts and call out boxes with more detailed information. If you’re like me and want your history in a more easily digestible book, this one’s for you.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Biography