Monday, November 26, 2007

Fascinating Lives

What makes us so curious about the lives of other people? Is it an innate sense of curiosity? Is it jealousy of celebrities' jet-setting lifestyles? As a child I loved the simple biographies which brought famous people to life and allowed me to travel around the globe in their footsteps. Whatever makes us wonder about how other people live also keeps authors writing biographies. Today we have some interesting new biographies -- some with happy endings and others with not-so-happy endings.

Steve & Me by Terri Irwin. A trip to Australia changed Terri Irwin's life when she met Steve Irwin, a blond force of nature passionate about animal conservation. The footage filmed on Steve and Terri's crocodile-trapping honeymoon soon became the first episode of The Crocodile Hunter and life was forever different. Steve was first and foremost a wildlife warrior dedicated to rescuing endangered animals and educating everyone he could reach about the importance of conservation. This book is a non-stop adventure and a fitting tribute to a passionate man who lost his life too soon. (B/IRWIN--Brookhaven)

Blonde Ambition by Rita Cosby. Anna Nicole Smith was famous for being famous. For someone whose only claim to fame was a resemblance to Marilyn Monroe and marrying an elderly billionaire, Anna's life was broadcast on television almost nightly. A real-life soap opera with deception, secret deals and a firestorm of trouble, Anna Nicole Smith's story remains highly controversial and the meat and potatoes of tabloid news. (B/SMITH--Brookhaven)

It's All About Him by Denise Jackson. Country music songs have long been full of romance, heartbreak and redemption. This biography is no different. Working together to further Alan's singing career, they suffered and worked and built their world around each other. Denise's life was a fairy-tale until one day when everything fell apart. Then she discovered how to fall in love again--not with Alan, but with God. An interesting peek into the lives of a superstar couple. (B/JACKSON--Brookhaven)

If I Only Knew Then... compiled by Charles Grodin. A compilation of stories from famous and not-so-famous friends who tell of mistakes they've made and the lessons they've learned. (920/I--Brookhaven)

Leading Ladies by Kay Bailey Hutchison. This book examines the lives of 63 pioneers in military service, journalism, public health, social reform, science and politics--all American women. These female trailblazers battled tremendous odds to achieve success--if not always recognition--in their respective fields. (920/H--Brookhaven)

And just for fun--
Nashville Portraits by Jim McGuire. Sixty duotone portraits of country music legends taken by one of the foremost music-industry photographers in Nashville. Each portrait is accompanied by insightful biographies and quotations about each artist's personality, style, and contributions to the music scene. Some of these folks you'll recognize and others may be a bit more obscure but important to the history of country music in their own way. (782.4216420922/M--Brookhaven)


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