African American Women Autobiographies and Biographies

February is both African American History Month and Women’s History Month. With that in mind, here are several autobiographies and biographies on amazing African American women. Ministers, soldiers, athletes, mathematicians–African American women have done it all. Some of these women may be familiar and some may be new to you, but ALL of them can be read about via the Texas Talking Book Program.

BEHIND THE SCENES, OR, THIRTY YEARS A SLAVE AND FOUR YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE
KECKLEY, ELIZABETH
DB 94362, BR 15761

BESSIE COLEMAN: FIRST FEMALE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN PILOT
SMALL, CATHLEEN
DB 91002

BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND: HARRIET TUBMAN, PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN HERO
LARSON, KATE CLIFFORD
DB 64511

CATHY WILLIAMS: FROM SLAVE TO FEMALE BUFFALO SOLDIER
TUCKER, PHILLIP THOMAS
DB 59297

EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: ETHEL PAYNE, THE FIRST LADY OF THE BLACK PRESS
MORRIS, JAMES MCGRATH
DB 81681

FINDING MY VOICE: MY JOURNEY TO THE WEST WING AND THE PATH FORWARD
JARRETT, VALERIE
DB 94980, LB 11113

HABEN: THE DEAFBLIND WOMAN WHO CONQUERED HARVARD LAW
GIRMA, HABEN
DB 96188, BR 22702

HIDDEN FIGURES: THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE BLACK WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS WHO HELPED WIN THE SPACE RACE
LEE SHETTERLY, MARGOT
DB 86234, BR 21798

LOOKING FOR LORRAINE: THE RADIANT AND RADICAL LIFE OF LORRAINE HANSBERRY
PERRY, IMANI
DB 92981

MYSTERIOUS LIFE AND CALLING: FROM SLAVERY TO MINISTRY IN SOUTH CAROLINA
RILEY, CHARLOTTE S.
DB 84674

NEVER CAUGHT: THE WASHINGTONS’ RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF THEIR RUNAWAY SLAVE, ONA JUDGE
DUNBAR, ERICA ARMSTRONG
DB 88898

RABBIT: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MS. PAT
WILLIAMS, PATRICIA
DB 89915

STORMY WEATHER: THE LIFE OF LENA HORNE
GAVIN, JAMES
DB 69545

TIGERBELLE: THE WYOMIA TYUS STORY
TYUS, WYOMIA
DB 93189




























NEW TEXAS TITLES AVAILABLE ON BARD!

The Texas Talking Book Program is justifiably proud its recording studio in Austin.

The quality of the audio books produced by our studio is evident in the number of their titles that are available to download on the National Library Service’s BARD (Braille and Recording Download) service.  Patrons throughout the United States are able to enjoy these books.

The following six Texas titles were recently added to the BARD collection.  Give them a listen!

ARGONAUTAS DE LA SELVA: LOS DESCUBRIDORES DEL AMAZONAS

Benites Vinueza, Leopoldo

More than a historical biography, the book attempts to give life to a character, an adventure, and an era.  Novel and drama, and yet true and rigorously documented history, it relives the life of one of the greatest captains of the era of conquest and one of the most singular adventures in history: the life of Don Francisco de Orellana and the adventure of the discovery of the Amazon River.  Spanish language.

DBC 17905

AROUND THE WORLD WITH LBJ: MY WILD RIDE AS AIR FORCE ONE PILOT, WHITE HOUSE AIDE, AND PERSONAL CONFIDANT

Cross, James U. (James Underwood)

LBJ’s personal pilot–one of the few to fly Air Force One and simultaneously hold a full-time job in the White House–offers vivid recollections of the thirty-sixth president.  Some strong language.

DBC 17907

DUEL OF EAGLES: THE MEXICAN AND U.S. FIGHT FOR THE ALAMO

Long, Jeff

In a comprehensive history that removes the myths from the battle for Texas, the author gives us the true story of what led to the Alamo and what followed it by examining accounts from both sides.

DBC 17893

HAUNTED TEXAS: FAMOUS PHANTOMS, SINISTER SITES, AND LINGERING LEGENDS

Williams, Scott Allen

Texas history buffs and travelers have an eerie need for this book, which offers an unusual twist to seeing the sights in the Lone Star state.  Organized by region–Gulf Coast, Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, Central Texas, North Texas, and West Texas—this book is the complete guide for both hardcore ghost hunters and more earthly tourists seeking to add some spirited fun to their travels.

DBC 17908

JESS SWEETEN, TEXAS LAWMAN

Lindquist, Allan Sigvard

Known as the “Law East of the Trinity,” Jess Sweeten served as sheriff between 1929 and 1954, an era when violence was the order of the day.

DBC 17906

NOCHEBUENA.  EL PAÑO DE LA VERÓNICA

Lagerlöf, Selma

The author recalls two stories told by her grandmother, one short tale on the birth of Christ and a longer story concerning Veronica’s veil. Spanish language. For grades 4-7.

DBC 17903

New Large Print Books Added in December 2019

ADULT FICTION

LB 12147 TESTAMENTS ATWOOD, MARGARET, 1939-

Fifteen years after the van door slammed on Offred`s future, three women provide testaments on life in Gilead. Sequel to The Handmaid`s Tale (DB 24695). Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 562 pages.

LB 12144 TITANIC SECRET: AN ISAAC BELL ADVENTURE CUSSLER, CLIVE

A century apart, NUMA director Dirk Pitt and detective Isaac Bell team up to unlock the truth about a famous maritime disaster. Pitt makes a daring rescue from inside an antiquated submersible off New York City, where a document left behind by Bell reopens a historical mystery. Some violence and some strong language. 2019. 494 pages.

LB 12149 KNIFE: A NEW HARRY HOLE NOVEL NESBO, JO, 1960-

Harry Hole has been given another chance with the Oslo Police: in the cold-case office. What he`d prefer is to investigate cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the recently released serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. Translated from the Norwegian. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 719 pages.

LB 12154 MOST FUN WE EVER HAD LOMBARDO, CLAIRE, 1988-

Marilyn and David`s four daughters are each in a state of unrest. Young widow Wendy soothes herself with booze and younger men. Violet battles self-doubt when her past resurfaces. Liza finds herself pregnant by a man she`s not sure she loves. Youngest daughter Grace begins living a lie. Unrated. 2019. 835 pages.

LB 12156 LADY IN THE LAKE LIPPMAN, LAURA, 1959-

Baltimore, 1966. Maddie Schwartz leaves her twenty-year marriage and takes a job at the newspaper. She investigates a young African American woman whose body was discovered in a park fountain. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie–and the victim herself. Bestseller. 2019. 437 pages.

LB 12150 WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING OWENS, DELIA

In late 1969, when Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals of Barkley Cove, North Carolina, immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2018. 484 pages.

LB 12153 NICKEL BOYS WHITEHEAD, COLSON, 1969-

1962. Elwood Curtis lives with his grandmother, works when not in school, and admires Dr. Martin Luther King. But one innocent mistake sees him sentenced to reform school–the Nickel Academy. There he meets Turner, whose skepticism challenges Elwood. Their friendship has repercussions in the sadistic school. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 336 pages.

LB 12145 CITY OF GIRLS GILBERT, ELIZABETH, 1969-

1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian was kicked out of Vassar College due to poor performance, so her parents shipped her off to her Aunt Peg in New York City. Peg owns a crumbling theater, but Vivian finds a home among its inhabitants. A mistake threatens her world. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 677 pages.

LB 12155 KILLER INSTINCT PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian was kicked out of Vassar College due to poor performance, so her parents shipped her off to her Aunt Peg in New York City. Peg owns a crumbling theater, but Vivian finds a home among its inhabitants. A mistake threatens her world. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 677 pages.

LB 12148 GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE: A LISBETH SALANDER NOVEL, CONTINUING STIEG LARSSON’S MILLENNIUM SERIES LAGERCRANTZ, DAVID

Lisbeth Salander has sold her Stockholm apartment and gone offline. At long last she has her primal enemy–her twin sister, Camilla–squarely in her sights. But journalist Mikael Blomkvist needs her help unraveling the identity of a man who died with Blomkvist`s phone number in his pocket. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 495 pages.

LB 12151 WARNING PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

A small southern town was evacuated after a freak power-plant accident. As the first anniversary of the mishap approaches, some residents are allowed to return past the national guard roadblocks. Mount Hope natives Maggie and Jordan quickly discover that their hometown is not as it was before. As friends and family morph into terrifying strangers, the teenagers increasingly turn to one another. Unrated. 2019. 507 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB 12287 D-DAY GIRLS: THE SPIES WHO ARMED THE RESISTANCE, SABOTAGED THE NAZIS, AND HELPED WIN WORLD WAR II ROSE, SARAH, 1974-

An account of the British Special Operations Executive`s recruitment of women during World War II to serve as spies in France. Draws on declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to profile three of these women: a young mother, an unflappable aristocrat, and the streetwise organizer of the Paris Resistance. 2019. 695 pages.

LB 12288 KENNEDY HEIRS: JOHN, CAROLINE, AND THE NEW GENERATION; A LEGACY OF TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY TARABORRELLI, J. RANDY

A unique burden was inherited by the children of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his celebrated siblings, Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. Raised in a world of enormous privilege against the backdrop of American history, this third generation of Kennedys often veered between towering accomplishment and devastating defeat. Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli draws back the curtain on the next generation of America`s most famous family. Unrated. 2019. 971 pages.

LB 12289 SAVE ME THE PLUMS: MY GOURMET MEMOIR REICHL, RUTH

Author of Comfort Me with Apples (DB 52508) and Delicious! (DB 78955) recounts her experiences working at Gourmet. Discusses her reluctance taking on a managerial role, transforming the publication from stately to cutting-edge, and personalities she met while leading the magazine. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 397 pages.

LB 12146 BENEATH THE TAMARIND TREE: A STORY OF COURAGE, FAMILY, AND THE LOST SCHOOLGIRLS OF BOKO HARAM SESAY, ISHA, 1976-

Journalist provides an account of the 2014 abduction of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram terrorists. Follows the journeys of three of the girls who eventually made it home and discusses the government`s response to the kidnapping. Unrated. 2019. 536 pages.

LB 12152 FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE SURPRISING AND DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SELIG, BUD

The longtime commissioner of Major League Baseball provides an unprecedented look inside professional baseball today, focusing on how he helped bring the game into the modern age and revealing his interactions with players, managers, fellow owners, and fans nationwide. Unrated. 2019. 458 pages.

LB 12141 CIRCLE MAKER: PRAYING CIRCLES AROUND YOUR BIGGEST DREAMS AND GREATEST FEARS BATTERSON, MARK

Pastor of the National Community Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., offers suggestions for using the ancient practice of prayer circles. Provides examples of what the ritual can achieve and asserts that “who you become is determined by how you pray.” Bestseller. 2011. 362 pages.

LB 12143 EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST: A MEMOIR POWER, SAMANTHA

This memoir traces Power’s journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. She served for four years as Obama’s human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role. Unrated. 2019. 957 pages.

LB 12368 ALL THE WAY: MY LIFE IN FOUR QUARTERS NAMATH, JOE WILLIE, 1943-

Memoir of the Hall of Fame quarterback who shot to stardom when he led the New York Jets to an underdog victory in the 1969 Super Bowl game against the Baltimore Colts. As he recalls each quarter of that game, he also shares details of his personal life. Unrated. 2019. 343 pages.

LB 12369 SEA STORIES: MY LIFE IN SPECIAL OPERATIONS MCRAVEN, WILLIAM H. (WILLIAM HARRY), 1955-

The author of Make Your Bed (DB 87732) and retired US Navy admiral recounts stories from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America`s special operations forces. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 476 pages.

LB 12370 SURPRISE, KILL, VANISH: THE SECRET HISTORY OF CIA PARAMILITARY ARMIES, OPERATORS, AND ASSASSINS JACOBSEN, ANNIE

Since 1947, domestic and foreign assassinations have been executed under the CIA-led covert action operations team. Before that time, responsibility for taking out America’s enemies abroad was even more shrouded in mystery. Despite Hollywood notions of last-minute rogue-operations and external secret hires, covert action is actually a cog in a colossal foreign policy machine. At the end of the day, it is the President, not the CIA, who is singularly in charge. Unrated. 2019. 747 pages.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB 12367 DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL EMMICH, VAL

Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone`s hero and a social media superstar, after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend. Inspired by the hit Broadway show. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018. 505 pages.