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*Armchair Traveler Book Group *Biography & Memoirs at Katy Geissert Library *The Book Group at the El Retiro Library
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*Mayhem In the A.M. at Henderson Library *Mystery at North Torrance Library *Romance Book Group
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*Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Group *World Voices Book Group
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Biography and Memoirs Book Discussion Group

Join us as we discuss great lives and times as presented in biographies and memoirs.
All discussions are free and there is no registration required
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 10:30 am
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room
For information call the Library at 310-618-5959


 

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow



Thursday, July 10 at 10:30 am

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller's exceptionally rich trove of papers.  A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book will indelibly alter our image of this most enigmatic capitalist.

 

 Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean

Thursday, August 14 at 10:30 am

Move over Seabiscuit, Rin Tin Tin will be the most-talked-about animal hero of the year and beyond.  A spectacularly compelling portrait, engrossing, dynamic and affecting.

 

 Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela



September 11th at 10:30 am

Long Walk to Freedom is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed



October 9 at 10:30 am

With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State-and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

 Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson



November 13th at 10:30 am


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Louisa May Alcott is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson-an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. The other prize she deeply coveted-her father's understanding-seemed hardest to win. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.

Noah Webster: The Life and Times of an American Patriot by Harlow Giles Unger



December 11th at 10:30 am

More than a lexicographer, Webster was a teacher, philosopher, author, essayist, orator, political leader, public official, and crusading editor. Webster's life thrust him into every major event of the early history of our nation, from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812.

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

January 8th, 2015 at 10:30 am

Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. Walt Disney is a revelation of both the work and the man-of both the remarkable accomplishment and the hidden life.