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Biographies and autobiographies

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    Chambers, Veronica
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    Before they were activists, they were just like you and me. From Frederick Douglass to Malala Yousafzai, Joan of Arc to John Lewis, these remarkable figures show us what it means to take a stand and say no to injustice, proving that any one person has the power to change the world.

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    Ducharme, André
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    Toujours comédien, mais également célébré pour son travail de metteur en scène, René Richard Cyr a orchestré un faisceau de spectacles de variétés, du théâtre musical, des opéras et plus de 75 pièces de théâtre, dont 40 créations. Malgré les satellites, le théâtre reste son axe principal, son art suprême.

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    Mock, Janet
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    With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman's quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another-and of ourselves-showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real.

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    Jolly, Joanna
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    NATIONAL BESTSELLER A gripping account of the unsolved death of an Indigenous teenager, and the detective determined to find her killer, set against the backdrop of a troubled city. On August 17, 2014, the body of fifteen-year old runaway Tina Fontaine was found in Winnipeg's Red River. It was wrapped in material and weighted down with rocks. Red River Girl is a gripping account of that murder investigation and the unusual police detective who pursued the killer with every legal means at his disposal. The book, like the movie Spotlight , will chronicle the behind-the-scenes stages of a lengthy and meticulously planned investigation. It reveals characters and social tensions that bring vivid life to a story that made national headlines. Award-winning BBC reporter and documentary maker Joanna Jolly delves into the troubled life of Tina Fontaine, the half-Ojibway, half-Cree murder victim, starting with her childhood on the Sagkeeng First Nation Reserve. Tina's journey to the capital city is a harrowing one, culminating in drug abuse, sexual exploitation, and death. Aware of the reality of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, Jolly has chronicled Tina Fontaine's life as a reminder that she was more than a statistic. Raised by her father, and then by her great-aunt, Tina was a good student. But the violent death of her father hit Tina hard. She ran away, was found and put into the care of Child and Family Services, which she also sought to escape from. That choice left her in danger. Red River Girl focuses not on the grisly event itself, but on the efforts to seek justice. In December 2015, the police charged Raymond Cormier, a drifter, with second-degree murder. Jolly's book will cover the trial, which resulted in an acquittal. The verdict caused dismay across the country. The book is not only a true crime story, but a portrait of a community where Indigenous women are disproportionately more likely to be hurt or killed. Jolly asks questions about how Indigenous women, sex workers, community leaders, and activists are fighting back to protect themselves and change perceptions. Most importantly, the book will chronicle whether Tina's family will find justice.

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    Clark, Heather
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    "Finally, the biography that Sylvia Plath deserves ... A spectacular achievement." —Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life The highly anticipated new biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials—including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews—Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, Massachusetts who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s. Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath's world: her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife; her conflicted ties to her well-meaning, widowed mother; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental-health industry; her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, a marriage of true minds that would change the course of poetry in English; and much more. Clark's clear-eyed portraits of Hughes, his lover Assia Wevill, and other demonized players in the arena of Plath's suicide promotes a deeper understanding of her final days, with their outpouring of first-rate poems. Along with illuminating readings of the poems themselves, Clark's meticulous, compassionate research brings us closer than ever to the spirited woman and visionary artist who blazed a trail that still lights the way for women poets the world over.

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    Sheedy, Aaron
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    True stories from the women of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Red Coat Diaries brings tales from the RCMP, but with a new and unique perspective. Editor Aaron Sheedy has compiled over 30 stories from the women of the RCMP. These stories include stories from officers, civilians and retired members of the Force. These true stories offer a unique insider's perspective of the "Mounties" and reveal the joy, anguish, reward and humour of working on the Force.

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    Solnit, Rebecca
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    An electric portrait of the artist as a young woman that asks how a writer finds her voice in a society that prefers women to be silent In Recollections of My Nonexistence , Rebecca Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. She tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city that became her great teacher, and of the small apartment that, when she was nineteen, became the home in which she transformed herself. She explores the forces that liberated her as a person and as a writer-books themselves; the gay community that presented a new model of what else gender, family, and joy could mean; and her eventual arrival in the spacious landscapes and overlooked conflicts of the American West. Beyond being a memoir, Solnit's book is also a passionate argument: that women are not just impacted by personal experience, but by membership in a society where violence against women pervades. Looking back, she describes how she came to recognize that her own experiences of harassment and menace were inseparable from the systemic problem of who has a voice, or rather who is heard and respected and who is silenced-and how she was galvanized to use her own voice for change.

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    Sokolove, Michael Y., Nurse, Nick
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    Nick Nurse distills the wisdom, insight, and experiences that helped him lead the Toronto Raptors to the NBA championship in his first year as head coach. Given unprecedented access inside the Raptors' locker room, listeners get an intimate study of not only the team culture he has built, but also of a rookie coach's unique dynamic with the star players, such as Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and Pascal Siakam, who helped trailblaze the 2019 championship run.

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    Prager, Sarah
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    One of Time Out's "LGBTQ+ books for kids to read during Pride Month," this groundbreaking, pop-culture-infused LGBTQ+ biography collection takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the lives of fifty influential queer figures who have made a mark on every century of human existence. Rainbow Revolutionaries brings to life the vibrant histories of fifty pioneering LGBTQ+ people from around the world. Through Sarah Prager's (Queer, There, and Everywhere) short, engaging bios, readers can delve into the lives of Wen of Han, a Chinese emperor who loved his boyfriend as much as his people, Martine Rothblatt, a trans woman who's helping engineer the robots of tomorrow, and so many more! This book is a celebration of the many ways these heroes have made a difference and will inspire young readers to make a difference, too. Featuring an introduction, timeline, and glossary, this must-have biography collection is the perfect read during Pride month and all year round. Biographies include: Adam Rippon, Alan L. Hart, Alan Turing, Albert Cashier, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Alexander the Great, Al-Hakam II, Alvin Ailey, Bayard Rustin, Benjamin Banneker, Billie Jean King, Chevalier d'Éon, Christina of Sweden, Christine Jorgensen, Cleve Jones, Ellen DeGeneres, Francisco Manicongo, Frida Kahlo, Frieda Belinfante, Georgina Beyer, Gilbert Baker, Glenn Burke, Greta Garbo, Harvey Milk, James Baldwin, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, José Sarria, Josephine Baker, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Julie d'Aubigny, Lili Elbe, Ma Rainey, Magnus Hirschfeld, Manvendra Singh Gohil, Marsha P. Johnson, Martine Rothblatt, Maryam Khatoon Molkara, Natalie Clifford Barney, Navtej Johar, Nzinga, Pauli Murray, Renée Richards, Rudolf Nureyev, Sally Ride, Simon Nkoli, Stormé DeLarverie, Sylvia Rivera, Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, Wen of Han, We'Wha Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. *A Junior Library Guild Selection*

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    Prager, Sarah
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    This book brings to life the vibrant histories of 50 pioneering LGBTQ+ people from around the world, taking listeners on a journey through the lives of influential queer figures who have made a mark on every century of human existence.

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    Nadal, Rafael
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    What makes a champion? What does it take to be the best in the world at your sport? Rafael Nadal has the answers. In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, he reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success. It begins in Mallorca, where the tight-knit Nadal family has lived for generations. Coached by his uncle Toni from the age of four and taught humility and respect by his parents, Nadal has managed the uncommon feat of becoming an acclaimed global celebrity while remaining a gracious, hardworking role model for people in all walks of life. Now he takes us behind the scenes, from winning the Wimbledon 2008 final-described by John McEnroe as "the greatest game of tennis" he had ever seen-to the family problems that brought him low in 2009 and the numerous injuries that have threatened his career. With candor and intelligence, Nadal brings readers on his dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family. From RAFA: "During a match, you are in a permanent battle to fight back your everyday vulnerabilities, bottle up your human feelings. The more bottled up they are, the greater your chances of winning, so long as you've trained as hard as you play and the gap in talent is not too wide between you and your rival. The gap in talent with Federer existed, but it was not impossibly wide. It was narrow enough, even on his favorite surface in the tournament he played best, for me to know that if I silenced the doubts and fears, and exaggerated hopes, inside my head better than he did, I could beat him. You have to cage yourself in protective armor, turn yourself into a bloodless warrior. It's a kind of self-hypnosis, a game you play, with deadly seriousness, to disguise your own weaknesses from yourself, as well as from your rival."

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    Prager, Sarah
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    A New York Public Library Best Book of 2017 A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for Teens 2017 This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG . Three starred reviews! World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you've never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn't make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement. A Junior Library Guild Selection

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    Bryant, Mark
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    The rise to power of Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635-1719), a queen in all but name, was nothing short of extraordinary. Born into poverty and ignominy, she used her intellect, charisma, and connections to join the ranks of fashionable society, eventually establishing herself at the French court as governess to the legitimized children of Louis XIV. Her relationship with the Sun King gradually flourished, and after the death of the queen in 1683 the couple secretly married. Although their marriage was never made public, Maintenon came to wield unparalleled influence as Louis XIV's closest confidante and most trusted political adviser. The aging king required her daily presence in governmental meetings and relied on her for advice on crown appointments, state business, and policy making. Her modest suite of apartments at Versailles became the heart of the court and she was pursued by officials and dignitaries, popes and princes from across Europe, all anxious to appropriate her influence. She used her expansive social network to intervene in a range of political, religious, and royal family affairs, but not always with the king's knowledge, and her successes were often outweighed by controversy and failure. In Queen of Versailles Mark Bryant explores the remarkable life and court career of Madame de Maintenon. A study in queenship, it reveals how the dynamics of power and gender operated within the realms of early modern high politics, church-state affairs, and international relations while providing unique insights into the Sun King and his court.

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    Saint-Éloi, Rodney
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    Dans ce récit admirablement écrit, l'auteur rend hommage à sa mère, Bertha. Cette grande dame noire à l'énergie et à la générosité exemplaires, «amoureuse de l'amour», vient de mourir. Rodney, son fils aîné, raconte l'enfance bleue au pays natal, leur chemin d'exil, elle à New York, lui à Montréal. Le fils dialogue avec la mère. Lui, il est celui qui a grandi sous la dictature, qui rêvait d'être écrivain et qui parvient à mettre des mots sur la colère, la peine, la joie, le courage et l'amour. Elle, elle est la mère qui porte la mémoire du «pays-pourri» et la lumière de l'espoir. La parole de Bertha, poignante et belle, fait entendre la musique et la dignité de cet art d'être mère.

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    Antane Kapesh, An
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    Qu'as-tu fait de mon pays? Tanite nene etutamin nitass? Écrit par An Antane Kapesh Édité et préfacé par Naomi Fontaine Traduit par José Mailhot Qu'as-tu fait de mon pays ? Comprendre l'histoire coloniale Résumé Après Je suis une maudite Sauvagesse • Eukuan nin matshi-manitu innushkueu (2019), Mémoire d'encrier met en lumière le deuxième ouvrage d'An Antane Kapesh Qu'as-tu fait de mon pays ? • Tanite nene etutamin nitassi ?, qui dénonce les abus du système colonial et les catastrophes de la colonisation chez les Premières Nations. L'Enfant a tout appris de son grand-père pour vivre dans le bois. Une fois son aïeul décédé, l'Enfant voit arriver une ribambelle de Blancs (marchands, missionnaires, docteurs, dentistes, etc.), qui pillent tout : son territoire, sa culture et même sa langue. Dans ce conte philosophique, Kapesh montre les multiples visages du colonialisme blanc et la violence infligée aux Innus. Extrait de la préface de Naomi Fontaine An Antane Kapesh, la première auteure innue, était âgée déjà lorsque elle a entrepris d'écrire. Dans cette deuxième œuvre, elle agit comme interprète. Elle explique le monde tel qu'il était avant la colonisation. Puis comment, un geste à la fois, les colonisateurs ont transformé les manières de vivre des Innus. Elle se fait l'interprète de la forêt et de ceux qui ont subi l'histoire coloniale dans leur chair et leur dignité. Qu'as-tu fait de mon pays ? est la promesse que ce qui est perdu peut aussi être retrouvé. L'auteure Née en 1926 dans le Grand Nord, la vie d'An Antane Kapesh bascule en 1953 lorsque le gouvernement déracine sa famille de ses terres. Commence alors son long combat pour la préservation des territoires, de la culture et de la langue des Innus. Ses livres Je suis une maudite Sauvagesse / Eukuan nin matshi-manitu innushueu (paru pour la première fois en 1976) et Qu'as-tu fait de mon pays ? / Tanite nene etutamin nitassi ? relatent sa vie et sa pensée sur l'histoire des Innus. Mère de huit enfants, elle décède à Sept-Îles en 2004. Gardienne de la pensée innue, elle est une source d'inspiration pour les écrivains autochtones. An Antane Kapesh : la première écrivaine innue.

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    Belton, Catherine
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    "This riveting, immaculately researched book is arguably the best single volume written about Putin, the people around him and perhaps even about contemporary Russia itself in the past three decades." —Peter Frankopan, Financial Times Interference in American elections. The sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe. War in Ukraine. In recent years, Vladimir Putin's Russia has waged a concerted campaign to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions. But how and why did all this come about, and who has orchestrated it? In Putin's People , the investigative journalist and former Moscow correspondent Catherine Belton reveals the untold story of how Vladimir Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him rose to power and looted their country. Delving deep into the workings of Putin's Kremlin, Belton accesses key inside players to reveal how Putin replaced the freewheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who in turn subverted Russia's economy and legal system and extended the Kremlin's reach into the United States and Europe. The result is a chilling and revelatory exposé of the KGB's revanche—a story that begins in the murk of the Soviet collapse, when networks of operatives were able to siphon billions of dollars out of state enterprises and move their spoils into the West. Putin and his allies subsequently completed the agenda, reasserting Russian power while taking control of the economy for themselves, suppressing independent voices, and launching covert influence operations abroad. Ranging from Moscow and London to Switzerland and Brooklyn's Brighton Beach—and assembling a colorful cast of characters to match— Putin's People is the definitive account of how hopes for the new Russia went astray, with stark consequences for its inhabitants and, increasingly, the world. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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    Boulerice, Simon
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    Pourquoi Simon sourit-il autant? Et que cache-t-il derrière ce sourire? Que camouflent les costumes de mascotte qu'il emprunte ou les masques qu'il revêt? D'où lui viennent cette légèreté, cette juvénilité? C'est à ces questions que Simon tente de répondre, en revisitant l'arrivée lumineuse du théâtre dans sa vie. L'auteur se dévoile et se donne sans demi-mesure. Avec une gravité qui prend aux tripes... mais avec le sourire. – Mais Simon, tu dis tout. Garde-toi une petite gêne, pour l'amour. – J'ai envie de tout dire. En fait, j'ai besoin de tout dire. J'essaie de mieux me cerner. J'ai l'air transparent, mais je suis insaisissable comme une pile d'acétates. Formé en interprétation théâtrale au Collège Lionel-Groulx, Simon Boulerice est un touche-à-tout épanoui. Chroniqueur radio et télé, il navigue également entre le jeu et la mise en scène. Surtout, il écrit : du théâtre, de la poésie et des romans, tant pour adultes que pour enfants. Parmi sa cinquantaine de titres : Simon a toujours aimé danser, Martine à la plage, Javotte, Edgar Paillettes, PIG, Le dernier qui sort éteint la lumière et L'enfant mascara.

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    Lane, Christina
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    Christina Lane tells the untold story of Joan Harrison, Alfred Hitchcock's confidante and Hollywood's most powerful female writer-producer of the 1940s.

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    Marston, Donna
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    Small informative book about a Mother's journey of what she learned and how she healed through the years of her son's drug addiction and recovery.

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    Long, Michael G.
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    Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and although he rarely shared his religious convictions on his children's TV program, he fervently believed in a God who accepts us as we are and who desires a world marked by peace and wholeness. With this progressive spirituality as his inspiration, Rogers used his children's program as a platform for sharing countercultural beliefs about caring nonviolently for one another, animals, and the earth.

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