Spydus Search Results - Recent biographies https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?QRY=BIO%3A%20(A%20%2F%20B%20%2F%20C)%20%2B%20PD%3A%20%222018%20-%202020%22&QRYTEXT=Recent%20biographies&SETLVL=SET&CF=BIB&SORTS=DTE.DATE1.DESC&NRECS=20 Spydus Search Results en © Civica Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. Math makers : the lives and works of 50 famous mathematicians / Alfred S. Posamentier and Christian Spreitzer. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=425172&CF=BIB Mathematics today is the fruit of centuries of brilliant insights by men and women whose personalities and life experiences were often as extraordinary as their mathematical achievements. This entertaining history of mathematics chronicles those achievements through fifty short biographies that bring these great thinkers to life while making their contributions understandable to readers with little math background. Among the fascinating characters profiled are Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the founder of classical physics and infinitesimal calculus--he frequently quarrelled with fellow scientists and was obsessed by alchemy and arcane Bible interpretation; Sophie Germain (1776 - 1831), who studied secretly at the École Polytechnique in Paris, using the name of a previously enrolled male student--she is remembered for her work on Fermat's Last Theorem and on elasticity theory; Emmy Noether (1882 - 1935), whom Albert Einstein described as the most important woman in the history of mathematics--she made important contributions to abstract algebra and in physics she clarified the connection between conservation laws and symmetry; and Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), who came from humble origins in India and had almost no formal training, yet made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. The unusual behaviour and life circumstances of these and many other intriguing personalities make for fascinating reading and a highly enjoyable introduction to mathematics. Mathematics today is the fruit of centuries of brilliant insights by men and women whose personalities and life experiences were often as extraordinary as their mathematical achievements. This entertaining history of mathematics chronicles those achievements through fifty short biographies that bring these great thinkers to life while making their contributions understandable to readers with little math background. Among the fascinating characters profiled are Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the founder of classical physics and infinitesimal calculus--he frequently quarrelled with fellow scientists and was obsessed by alchemy and arcane Bible interpretation; Sophie Germain (1776 - 1831), who studied secretly at the École Polytechnique in Paris, using the name of a previously enrolled male student--she is remembered for her work on Fermat's Last Theorem and on elasticity theory; Emmy Noether (1882 - 1935), whom Albert Einstein described as the most important woman in the history of mathematics--she made important contributions to abstract algebra and in physics she clarified the connection between conservation laws and symmetry; and Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), who came from humble origins in India and had almost no formal training, yet made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. The unusual behaviour and life circumstances of these and many other intriguing personalities make for fascinating reading and a highly enjoyable introduction to mathematics.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Posamentier, Alfred S.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Guilford, Connecticut : Prometheus Books, [2020]<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />xiv, 420 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.<br /><br />NORTH RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - ADULT NON-FICTION - 510 POSA - Science & Technology - Available - 52832996<br /> Riding with giants : my struggles with modern capitalism, the lessons from children and the joys of cycling fast / Peter Holmes à Court. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=426383&CF=BIB In 2011, international businessman Peter Holmes à Court left the executive world and found himself living deep in rural France with only his seven-year-old twin girls for company. Peter was struggling as a single father in a foreign country, unsettled by the sudden move away from a traditional job and completely baffled by the society around him. His only plan: to ride L'Etape du Tour, the challenging amateur leg of the Tour de France. In an effort to find some new friends in the community and a bike for the race, he discovered the region's small bicycle factory. He was soon spending his days there: meeting the locals and learning about the rich traditions of artisan craftsmanship. Trying to enjoy the simple things and become a better father, Peter slowed down and started to reflect seriously on history, industry and the structure of our modern economy. He and his daughters finally began to put down roots and understand the beauty and calm of a small-scale existence and a very different approach to excellence and the well-lived life. This is one man's compelling, informative and funny story about the wisdom of children, the nature of work today and the science of bicycles. In 2011, international businessman Peter Holmes à Court left the executive world and found himself living deep in rural France with only his seven-year-old twin girls for company. Peter was struggling as a single father in a foreign country, unsettled by the sudden move away from a traditional job and completely baffled by the society around him. His only plan: to ride L'Etape du Tour, the challenging amateur leg of the Tour de France. In an effort to find some new friends in the community and a bike for the race, he discovered the region's small bicycle factory. He was soon spending his days there: meeting the locals and learning about the rich traditions of artisan craftsmanship. Trying to enjoy the simple things and become a better father, Peter slowed down and started to reflect seriously on history, industry and the structure of our modern economy. He and his daughters finally began to put down roots and understand the beauty and calm of a small-scale existence and a very different approach to excellence and the well-lived life. This is one man's compelling, informative and funny story about the wisdom of children, the nature of work today and the science of bicycles.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Holmes à Court, Peter<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>North Sydney, NSW : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm<br /><br />WEST RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B HOLM - Onloan - Due: 20 Dec 2022 - 52815684<br /> Open book / Jessica Simpson with Kevin Carr O'Leary. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=427641&CF=BIB Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining. This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn't want to lie. Jessica couldn't be authentic with her readers if she wasn't fully honest with herself first. Now, Americas Sweetheart, preachers daughter, pop phenomenon, reality TV pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humour to share things she's never shared before. First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she's learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clichés "chicken or fish," "Daisy Duke," "football jinx," "mom jeans," "sexual napalm" and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers. Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining. This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn't want to lie. Jessica couldn't be authentic with her readers if she wasn't fully honest with herself first. Now, Americas Sweetheart, preachers daughter, pop phenomenon, reality TV pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humour to share things she's never shared before. First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she's learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clichés "chicken or fish," "Daisy Duke," "football jinx," "mom jeans," "sexual napalm" and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Simpson, Jessica, 1980-<br />International edition.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2020]<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />408 pages ; 24 cm.<br /><br />EASTWOOD - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B SIMP - Available - 52817342<br /> Ten doors down : the story of an extraordinary adoption reunion / Robert Tickner. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=428351&CF=BIB The story of a federal minister's remarkable reunion with his birth parents. Robert Tickner had always known he was adopted, but had rarely felt much curiosity about his origins. Born in 1951, he had a happy childhood - raised by his loving adoptive parents, Bert and Gwen Tickner, in the small seaside town of Forster, New South Wales. He grew up to be a cheerful and confident young man with a fierce sense of social justice, and the desire and stamina to make political change. Serving in the Hawke and Keating governments, he held the portfolio of minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. Among other achievements while in government, he was responsible for initiating the reconciliation process with Indigenous Australians, and he was instrumental in instigating the national inquiry into the stolen generations. During his time on the front bench, Robert's son was born, and it was his deep sense of connection to this child that moved him at last to turn his attention to the question of his own birth. Although he had some sense of the potentially life-changing course that lay ahead of him, he could not have anticipated learning of the exceptional nature of the woman who had brought him into the world, the deep scars that his forced adoption had left on her, and the astonishing series of coincidences that had already linked their lives. And this was only the first half of a story that was to lead to a reunion with his birth father and siblings. This deeply moving memoir is a testament to the significance of all forms of family in shaping us - and to the potential for love to heal great harm. The story of a federal minister's remarkable reunion with his birth parents. Robert Tickner had always known he was adopted, but had rarely felt much curiosity about his origins. Born in 1951, he had a happy childhood - raised by his loving adoptive parents, Bert and Gwen Tickner, in the small seaside town of Forster, New South Wales. He grew up to be a cheerful and confident young man with a fierce sense of social justice, and the desire and stamina to make political change. Serving in the Hawke and Keating governments, he held the portfolio of minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. Among other achievements while in government, he was responsible for initiating the reconciliation process with Indigenous Australians, and he was instrumental in instigating the national inquiry into the stolen generations. During his time on the front bench, Robert's son was born, and it was his deep sense of connection to this child that moved him at last to turn his attention to the question of his own birth. Although he had some sense of the potentially life-changing course that lay ahead of him, he could not have anticipated learning of the exceptional nature of the woman who had brought him into the world, the deep scars that his forced adoption had left on her, and the astonishing series of coincidences that had already linked their lives. And this was only the first half of a story that was to lead to a reunion with his birth father and siblings. This deeply moving memoir is a testament to the significance of all forms of family in shaping us - and to the potential for love to heal great harm.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Tickner, R. E. (Robert E.)<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Brunswick, Victoria : Scribe Publications, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />243 pages ; 24 cm<br /><br />RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B TICK - Available - 52819310<br /> A country nurse : from Wave Hill to rural Queensland and almost everywhere in between / Thea Hayes. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=428941&CF=BIB Thea Hayes spent twenty years living and working on Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory. She arrived as a naive nineteen-year-old trainee nurse from Sydney, but when she left in 1979 she was married with four children and eager for her next adventure. And what twists and turns her new life in rural Queensland had in store. From a stint running a corner shop in the small town of Toogoolawah to dairy and cattle farming and working as a nurse in hospitals and nursing homes, Thea's life was eternally colourful. At the age of sixty-five, after losing her beloved husband Ralph, Thea moved to London to work as a nurse and travel around Europe. Back home in Australia, she found a second chance at love with a country boy from WA, and her new life with Bob began with a caravan, a dangerous farming floodplain and a swag full of laughs. A Country Nurse charts Thea's rich and inspiring life, from Wave Hill to North Stradbroke Island; London to the Riverina in NSW, and just about everywhere in between. This is the story of an ordinary girl from Sydney who has lived her extraordinary life to the fullest. Thea Hayes spent twenty years living and working on Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory. She arrived as a naive nineteen-year-old trainee nurse from Sydney, but when she left in 1979 she was married with four children and eager for her next adventure. And what twists and turns her new life in rural Queensland had in store. From a stint running a corner shop in the small town of Toogoolawah to dairy and cattle farming and working as a nurse in hospitals and nursing homes, Thea's life was eternally colourful. At the age of sixty-five, after losing her beloved husband Ralph, Thea moved to London to work as a nurse and travel around Europe. Back home in Australia, she found a second chance at love with a country boy from WA, and her new life with Bob began with a caravan, a dangerous farming floodplain and a swag full of laughs. A Country Nurse charts Thea's rich and inspiring life, from Wave Hill to North Stradbroke Island; London to the Riverina in NSW, and just about everywhere in between. This is the story of an ordinary girl from Sydney who has lived her extraordinary life to the fullest.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Hayes, Thea, 1935-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />xii, 244 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 24 cm.<br /><br />NORTH RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B HAYE - Available - 52811212<br /> Ten feet tall and not quite bulletproof : drug busts and helicopter rescues : one cop's extraordinary true story / Cameron Hardiman. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=428944&CF=BIB Cameron Hardiman lived a life most young boys could only dream of. Every morning, he put on a navy blue police flight suit, grabbed his flight helmet, and prepared to work on the police helicopter. He could be called to anything during a shift, to search for a missing child, to pull an injured driver from a wrecked car, or a dangerous sea rescue. He saw his fair share of trauma and dealt with it like most coppers would: he quickly put each dangerous job out of his mind as soon as it was over. But one particular rescue job in Bass Strait brought about a reckoning -- and Cameron was never the same again. This is the story of one cop learning every lesson the hard way -- and coming to find out that being not quite bulletproof doesn't mean that you're not a good cop. Cameron Hardiman lived a life most young boys could only dream of. Every morning, he put on a navy blue police flight suit, grabbed his flight helmet, and prepared to work on the police helicopter. He could be called to anything during a shift, to search for a missing child, to pull an injured driver from a wrecked car, or a dangerous sea rescue. He saw his fair share of trauma and dealt with it like most coppers would: he quickly put each dangerous job out of his mind as soon as it was over. But one particular rescue job in Bass Strait brought about a reckoning -- and Cameron was never the same again. This is the story of one cop learning every lesson the hard way -- and coming to find out that being not quite bulletproof doesn't mean that you're not a good cop.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Hardiman, Cameron<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Sydney, NSW : Hachette Australia, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />321 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, colour portraits ; 24 cm<br /><br />NORTH RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B HARD - Available - 52818195<br /> The lady's handbook for her mysterious illness / by Sarah Ramey. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=429068&CF=BIB The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness is a memoir with a mission: to help the millions of (mostly) women who suffer from unnamed or misunderstood conditions--autoimmune illnesses, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, chronic pain and many more. Ramey's pursuit of a diagnosis and cure for her own mysterious illness becomes a page-turning medical mystery that reveals a new understanding of today's chronic illnesses as ecological in nature, driven by modern changes to the basic foundations of health, from the quality of our sleep, diet and social connections to the state of our microbiomes. Her book will open eyes, change lives and, ultimately, change medicine. The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness is a memoir with a mission: to help the millions of (mostly) women who suffer from unnamed or misunderstood conditions--autoimmune illnesses, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, chronic pain and many more. Ramey's pursuit of a diagnosis and cure for her own mysterious illness becomes a page-turning medical mystery that reveals a new understanding of today's chronic illnesses as ecological in nature, driven by modern changes to the basic foundations of health, from the quality of our sleep, diet and social connections to the state of our microbiomes. Her book will open eyes, change lives and, ultimately, change medicine.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Ramey, Sarah<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Fleet, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />415 pages ; 24 cm.<br /><br />GLADESVILLE - (Ryde Library Service) - ADULT NON-FICTION - 616.04 RAME - Health & Family - Available - 52852466<br /> The art of resistance : my four years in the French underground : a memoir / Justus Rosenberg. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=429173&CF=BIB "In 1937, as the Nazis gained control and anti-Semitism spread in the Free City of Danzig, a majority German city on the Baltic Sea, sixteen-year-old Justus Rosenberg was sent to Paris to finish his education in safety. Three years later, France fell to the Germans. Alone and in danger, penniless, and cut off from contact with his family in Poland, Justus fled south. A chance meeting led him to Varian Fry, an American journalist in Marseille helping thousands of men and women, including many artists and intellectuals--among them Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst--escape the Nazis. With his German background, understanding of French culture, and fluency in several languages, including English, Justus became an invaluable member of Fry's refugee network as a spy and scout. The spry blond who looked even younger than his age flourished in the underground, handling counterfeit documents, secret passwords, black market currency, surveying escape routes, and dealing with avaricious gangsters. But when Fry was eventually forced to leave France, Gussie, as he was affectionately known, could not get out. For the next four years, Justus relied on his wits and skills to escape captivity, survive several close calls with death, and continue his fight against the Nazis, working with the French Resistance and later, becoming attached with the United States Army. At the war's end, Justus emigrated to America, and built a new life. Justus' story is a powerful saga of bravery, daring, adventure, and survival with the soul of a spy thriller. Reflecting on his past, Justus sees his life as a confluence of circumstances. As he writes, 'I survived the war through a rare combination of good fortune, resourcefulness, optimism, and, most important, the kindness of many good people.'"-- Publisher's description. "In 1937, as the Nazis gained control and anti-Semitism spread in the Free City of Danzig, a majority German city on the Baltic Sea, sixteen-year-old Justus Rosenberg was sent to Paris to finish his education in safety. Three years later, France fell to the Germans. Alone and in danger, penniless, and cut off from contact with his family in Poland, Justus fled south. A chance meeting led him to Varian Fry, an American journalist in Marseille helping thousands of men and women, including many artists and intellectuals--among them Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst--escape the Nazis. With his German background, understanding of French culture, and fluency in several languages, including English, Justus became an invaluable member of Fry's refugee network as a spy and scout. The spry blond who looked even younger than his age flourished in the underground, handling counterfeit documents, secret passwords, black market currency, surveying escape routes, and dealing with avaricious gangsters. But when Fry was eventually forced to leave France, Gussie, as he was affectionately known, could not get out. For the next four years, Justus relied on his wits and skills to escape captivity, survive several close calls with death, and continue his fight against the Nazis, working with the French Resistance and later, becoming attached with the United States Army. At the war's end, Justus emigrated to America, and built a new life. Justus' story is a powerful saga of bravery, daring, adventure, and survival with the soul of a spy thriller. Reflecting on his past, Justus sees his life as a confluence of circumstances. As he writes, 'I survived the war through a rare combination of good fortune, resourcefulness, optimism, and, most important, the kindness of many good people.'"-- Publisher's description.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Rosenberg, Justus, 1921-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : William Collins, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />ix, 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.<br /><br />RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - ADULT NON-FICTION - 940.53 ROSE - The World (Past & Present) - Available - 52834026<br /> The love that remains / Susan Francis. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=429212&CF=BIB How could I write about the importance of truth and not tell the whole truth myself? After twenty years spent searching for her biological parents, 52-year-old Susan Hull unexpectedly meets the great love of her life - a goldminer named Wayne Francis. He is a gentle giant of a man, who promises Susan the world. Two years later, they throw in their jobs, marry and sell everything they own, embarking on an incredible adventure, to start a new life in the romantic city of Granada, where they learn Spanish and enjoy too much tapas. In love, and enthralled by the splendour of a European springtime, the pair treasure every moment together. Until a shocking series of events alters everything. How could I write about the importance of truth and not tell the whole truth myself? After twenty years spent searching for her biological parents, 52-year-old Susan Hull unexpectedly meets the great love of her life - a goldminer named Wayne Francis. He is a gentle giant of a man, who promises Susan the world. Two years later, they throw in their jobs, marry and sell everything they own, embarking on an incredible adventure, to start a new life in the romantic city of Granada, where they learn Spanish and enjoy too much tapas. In love, and enthralled by the splendour of a European springtime, the pair treasure every moment together. Until a shocking series of events alters everything.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Francis, Susan<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />244 pages ; 24 cm<br /><br />NORTH RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B FRAN - Available - 52822095<br /> Snakes and ladders : a memoir / Angela Williams. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=429239&CF=BIB It was no surprise that Angela Williams went to jail. A traumatic, violent upbringing saw to that. But after serving a short sentence for theft as a teenager, she worked hard to break the cycle. 13 years later Angela was studying, teaching, providing a stable home for her son, and feeling like she'd got her life together. Then she got hit by a postie bike. Police realised that Angela still had 10 months to go on the prison sentence she'd thought was in her distant past. However, Angela was a different prisoner the second time around: no longer a scared, damaged 19-year-old, she knew how to speak up for herself and her fellow prisoners against a system of power, privilege and cruelty that controls the lives of Australia's most vulnerable women. 'Snakes and Ladders' reveals an astonishing true story of falling through the cracks, and what it takes to climb back out again. It was no surprise that Angela Williams went to jail. A traumatic, violent upbringing saw to that. But after serving a short sentence for theft as a teenager, she worked hard to break the cycle. 13 years later Angela was studying, teaching, providing a stable home for her son, and feeling like she'd got her life together. Then she got hit by a postie bike. Police realised that Angela still had 10 months to go on the prison sentence she'd thought was in her distant past. However, Angela was a different prisoner the second time around: no longer a scared, damaged 19-year-old, she knew how to speak up for herself and her fellow prisoners against a system of power, privilege and cruelty that controls the lives of Australia's most vulnerable women. 'Snakes and Ladders' reveals an astonishing true story of falling through the cracks, and what it takes to climb back out again.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Williams, Angela<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>South Melbourne, Vic. : Affirm Press, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations ; 24 cm<br /><br />RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B WILL - Available - 52833968<br /> The Dalai Lama : the biography / Alexander Norman. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=429321&CF=BIB The Dalai Lama's message of peace and compassion resonates with people of all faiths and none. Yet, for all his worldwide fame, he remains personally elusive. Now, Alexander Norman, acclaimed Oxford-trained scholar of the history of Tibet, delivers the definitive biography-unique, multi-layered, and at times even shocking. The Dalai Lama illuminates an astonishing odyssey from isolated Tibetan village to worldwide standing as spiritual and political leader of one of the world's most profound and complex cultural traditions. Norman reveals that, while the Dalai Lama has never been comfortable with his political position, he has been a canny player-at one time CIA-backed-who has maneuvered amidst pervasive violence, including placing himself at the center of a dangerous Buddhist schism. Yet even more surprising than the political, Norman convinces, is the Dalai Lama's astonishing spiritual practice, rooted in magic, vision, and prophecy-details of which are illuminated in this book for the first time. A revelatory life story of one of today's most radical, charismatic, and beloved world leaders. The Dalai Lama's message of peace and compassion resonates with people of all faiths and none. Yet, for all his worldwide fame, he remains personally elusive. Now, Alexander Norman, acclaimed Oxford-trained scholar of the history of Tibet, delivers the definitive biography-unique, multi-layered, and at times even shocking. The Dalai Lama illuminates an astonishing odyssey from isolated Tibetan village to worldwide standing as spiritual and political leader of one of the world's most profound and complex cultural traditions. Norman reveals that, while the Dalai Lama has never been comfortable with his political position, he has been a canny player-at one time CIA-backed-who has maneuvered amidst pervasive violence, including placing himself at the center of a dangerous Buddhist schism. Yet even more surprising than the political, Norman convinces, is the Dalai Lama's astonishing spiritual practice, rooted in magic, vision, and prophecy-details of which are illuminated in this book for the first time. A revelatory life story of one of today's most radical, charismatic, and beloved world leaders.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Norman, Alexander<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Rider, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />xxii, 410 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm<br /><br />RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B BSTA - Available - 52825159<br /> She I dare not name : a spinster's meditations on life / Donna Ward. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=429543&CF=BIB She I Dare Not Name is a compelling collection of fiercely intelligent, deeply intimate, lyrical reflections on the life of a woman who stands on the threshold between two millennia. Both manifesto and confession, this moving memoir explores the meaning and purpose Donna Ward discovered in a life lived entirely without a partner and children. The book describes what it is like to live on the edge of a world built in the shape of couples and families. Rippling through these pages is the way a spinster--or a bachelor, or any of us for that matter--contends with the prejudice and stigma of being different. She I Dare Not Name is a compelling collection of fiercely intelligent, deeply intimate, lyrical reflections on the life of a woman who stands on the threshold between two millennia. Both manifesto and confession, this moving memoir explores the meaning and purpose Donna Ward discovered in a life lived entirely without a partner and children. The book describes what it is like to live on the edge of a world built in the shape of couples and families. Rippling through these pages is the way a spinster--or a bachelor, or any of us for that matter--contends with the prejudice and stigma of being different.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Ward, Donna<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />321 pages ; 24 cm.<br /><br />WEST RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - ADULT NON-FICTION - 306.81 WARD - People & Society - Available - 52824772<br /> Denali : a friendship that transformed two lives - and inspired countless others / Ben Moon. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=430740&CF=BIB "In the bestselling tradition of Finding Gobi and Marley & Me, the moving story of a dog, his human, and the friendship that saved both their lives--and inspired countless others. Ben Moon had no intention of getting a dog until he met the soulful gaze of a husky-pit bull cross pup in a rescue shelter. Ben instantly felt a connection, and his friendship with the extraordinary Denali was born. The two friends set out on the road together on an adventure that would take them through some of the best years of their lives. When Ben was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 29, Denali never left his side until the pair were back out surfing and climbing crags. Soon after Denali was struck by the same disease, and Ben had the chance to return the favour. This is the story of an extraordinary friendship, and the power of the love we give and receive when we have our friends by our side."-- Back cover. "In the bestselling tradition of Finding Gobi and Marley & Me, the moving story of a dog, his human, and the friendship that saved both their lives--and inspired countless others. Ben Moon had no intention of getting a dog until he met the soulful gaze of a husky-pit bull cross pup in a rescue shelter. Ben instantly felt a connection, and his friendship with the extraordinary Denali was born. The two friends set out on the road together on an adventure that would take them through some of the best years of their lives. When Ben was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 29, Denali never left his side until the pair were back out surfing and climbing crags. Soon after Denali was struck by the same disease, and Ben had the chance to return the favour. This is the story of an extraordinary friendship, and the power of the love we give and receive when we have our friends by our side."-- Back cover.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Moon, Ben<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Cammeray, N.S.W. : Simon & Schuster Australia, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />ix, 273 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.<br /><br />GLADESVILLE - (Ryde Library Service) - ADULT NON-FICTION - 616.99 MOON - Health & Family - Available - 52816036<br /> A delayed life / Dita Kraus. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=430957&CF=BIB The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ Dita Kraus was born in Prague in 1929 - in her powerful new memoir she writes about her childhood before the war and then during the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto at Terezin and from there to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen. Dita writes powerfully and unflinchingly about the harsh conditions of the camps and her role as librarian of the precious books the prisoners had managed to smuggle past the guards. She also writes about the liberation of the camps and her chance meeting with fellow survivor Otto B Kraus after the war. Part of Dita's story was told in fictional form in the Sunday Times bestseller THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ by Antonio Iturbe. The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ Dita Kraus was born in Prague in 1929 - in her powerful new memoir she writes about her childhood before the war and then during the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto at Terezin and from there to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen. Dita writes powerfully and unflinchingly about the harsh conditions of the camps and her role as librarian of the precious books the prisoners had managed to smuggle past the guards. She also writes about the liberation of the camps and her chance meeting with fellow survivor Otto B Kraus after the war. Part of Dita's story was told in fictional form in the Sunday Times bestseller THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ by Antonio Iturbe.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Kraus, Dita, 1929-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Ebury Press, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />474 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.<br /><br />EASTWOOD - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B KRAU - Available - 52826260<br />GLADESVILLE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B KRAU - Available - 52818004<br /> Cops, drugs, Lawyer X and me / Paul Dale & Vikki Petraitis. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=431339&CF=BIB Paul Dale knows he is tainted. After almost fifteen years as a cop, working in Homicide and rising to the rank of Detective Sergeant in the Victorian Drug Squad, he saw the worst of what people can do. But when he was accused and jailed firstly for drug offences and then for murder, Dale realised the murky world he was navigating was going to take him under too. Dale dealt with crims like Carl Williams, Terry Hodson and Tommy Ivanovic on the Melbourne streets. But when a burglary ended in Hodson's arrest, Dale's life started to unravel. He turned to Nicola Gobbo, a lawyer and friend he thought could help: the lawyer who became known as Lawyer X. Eventually exonerated of any crimes, Paul Dale's story reveals the shocking deals done at the highest levels of the Victorian Police Force and the damage wrought by Victoria Police's use of Lawyer X. Paul Dale knows he is tainted. After almost fifteen years as a cop, working in Homicide and rising to the rank of Detective Sergeant in the Victorian Drug Squad, he saw the worst of what people can do. But when he was accused and jailed firstly for drug offences and then for murder, Dale realised the murky world he was navigating was going to take him under too. Dale dealt with crims like Carl Williams, Terry Hodson and Tommy Ivanovic on the Melbourne streets. But when a burglary ended in Hodson's arrest, Dale's life started to unravel. He turned to Nicola Gobbo, a lawyer and friend he thought could help: the lawyer who became known as Lawyer X. Eventually exonerated of any crimes, Paul Dale's story reveals the shocking deals done at the highest levels of the Victorian Police Force and the damage wrought by Victoria Police's use of Lawyer X.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Dale, Paul (Police officer)<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Sydney, NSW : Hachette Australia, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />356 pages ; 24 cm<br /><br />NORTH RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B DALE - Available - 52823776<br /> Life in a box : traveller. antiques dealer. mother. model. iconoclast / Sarah Jane Adams. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=431410&CF=BIB This is a compelling and unorthodox memoir of 63-year old international model and iconoclast, @mywrinklesaremystripes' Sarah Jane Adams. Auction catalogues can reveal a lot about a person: their life, their loves and their style. Antique jewellery dealer Sarah Jane Adams became an international model and overnight Instagram sensation in her sixties. She tells her story through a lifetime's collection of rare pieces and worthless objects, as well as personal photographs and effects from her estate. Told with wit, pathos and charm. Life In A Box illustrates the deeply personal connection that we have with our belongings: they are laden with rich meaning and adventure and, above all, redolent of our stories. This is a compelling and unorthodox memoir of 63-year old international model and iconoclast, @mywrinklesaremystripes' Sarah Jane Adams. Auction catalogues can reveal a lot about a person: their life, their loves and their style. Antique jewellery dealer Sarah Jane Adams became an international model and overnight Instagram sensation in her sixties. She tells her story through a lifetime's collection of rare pieces and worthless objects, as well as personal photographs and effects from her estate. Told with wit, pathos and charm. Life In A Box illustrates the deeply personal connection that we have with our belongings: they are laden with rich meaning and adventure and, above all, redolent of our stories.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Adams, Sarah Jane<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Sydney : Murdoch Books, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />287 pages : colour illustrations, colour portraits ; 24 cm.<br /><br />NORTH RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B ADAM - Available - 52846709<br /> Truganini : journey through the apocalypse / Cassandra Pybus. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=431753&CF=BIB Cassandra Pybus's ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini, and that Truganini was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne. For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine. But her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini's extraordinary story in full. Hardly more than a child, Truganini managed to survive the devastation of the 1820s, when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished. She spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highlands and through barely penetrable forests, with George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary who was collecting the survivors to send them into exile on Flinders Island. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy--the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania. Truganini's story is inspiring and haunting--a journey through the apocalypse. Cassandra Pybus's ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini, and that Truganini was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne. For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine. But her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini's extraordinary story in full. Hardly more than a child, Truganini managed to survive the devastation of the 1820s, when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished. She spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highlands and through barely penetrable forests, with George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary who was collecting the survivors to send them into exile on Flinders Island. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy--the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania. Truganini's story is inspiring and haunting--a journey through the apocalypse.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Pybus, Cassandra, 1947-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />xix, 315 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, portraits, maps ; 24 cm<br /><br />EASTWOOD - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B TRUG - Available - 52826015<br /> Victory in the kitchen : the life of Churchill's cook / Annie Gray. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=431771&CF=BIB This is the story of a woman who was not a royal, not rich, not famous, simply someone who worked hard and enjoyed her life. Beginning in 1882, she ranged through life in the country, life in the town, life in her own house, and in that of others. She travelled, married, had children and a highly successful career. For while Georgina Landemare saw herself as ordinary, her accomplishments, and the life she lived, were anything but. She started her career as a nursemaid, and ended it cooking for one of the best-known figures in British history, Winston Churchill, a man to whom food was central, not only as a pleasure by itself, but as a diplomatic tool in a time when the world was embroiled in a worldwide war. Victory in the Kitchen is a culinary biography: a life lived through food, ranging from rural Berkshire to wartime London, via Belle Epoque Paris and prohibition-era New York. Through one eager eater, and one skilled cook, Annie Gray contextualises twentieth century food through two figures who were both intimately involved with it. Recipes include Georgina's German Kougelhof, Curried Brains, macaroons, Boodles Orange, Mousse de Maple and 'Chocolat Cake Good'. This is the story of a woman who was not a royal, not rich, not famous, simply someone who worked hard and enjoyed her life. Beginning in 1882, she ranged through life in the country, life in the town, life in her own house, and in that of others. She travelled, married, had children and a highly successful career. For while Georgina Landemare saw herself as ordinary, her accomplishments, and the life she lived, were anything but. She started her career as a nursemaid, and ended it cooking for one of the best-known figures in British history, Winston Churchill, a man to whom food was central, not only as a pleasure by itself, but as a diplomatic tool in a time when the world was embroiled in a worldwide war. Victory in the Kitchen is a culinary biography: a life lived through food, ranging from rural Berkshire to wartime London, via Belle Epoque Paris and prohibition-era New York. Through one eager eater, and one skilled cook, Annie Gray contextualises twentieth century food through two figures who were both intimately involved with it. Recipes include Georgina's German Kougelhof, Curried Brains, macaroons, Boodles Orange, Mousse de Maple and 'Chocolat Cake Good'.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Gray, Annie (Food historian)<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Profile Books Ltd., 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />391 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm<br /><br />EASTWOOD - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B LAND - Available - 52830217<br /> Every conceivable way : one couple's extraordinary journey to parenthood over nine years and three continents / Despina Meris. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=431807&CF=BIB Every Conceivable Way recounts one couples nine-year quest to become parents, while giving an inside peek into the IVF and surrogacy industries, the fertility merry-go-round, and what it’s like to live for years with uncertainty. After relocating to Australia from New York, Despina Meris and her husband, Bill, settle down to baby-making. What they never expect is a string of heartbreaking unexplained miscarriages, even with the help of IVF. They turn to surrogacy first in India, then in the Ukraine and finally in Thailand, where their baby is conceived. But more drama unfolds when, overnight, they are caught up in the Thai government crackdown on commercial surrogacy, leaving them with no way of contacting their pregnant surrogate. Every Conceivable Way, a real-life story that is stranger than fiction, asks how far you would go before you call it quits, when it seems like all the odds are stacked against you. Every Conceivable Way recounts one couples nine-year quest to become parents, while giving an inside peek into the IVF and surrogacy industries, the fertility merry-go-round, and what it’s like to live for years with uncertainty. After relocating to Australia from New York, Despina Meris and her husband, Bill, settle down to baby-making. What they never expect is a string of heartbreaking unexplained miscarriages, even with the help of IVF. They turn to surrogacy first in India, then in the Ukraine and finally in Thailand, where their baby is conceived. But more drama unfolds when, overnight, they are caught up in the Thai government crackdown on commercial surrogacy, leaving them with no way of contacting their pregnant surrogate. Every Conceivable Way, a real-life story that is stranger than fiction, asks how far you would go before you call it quits, when it seems like all the odds are stacked against you.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Meris, Despina<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Richmond, Vic. : Hardie Grant Books, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />xiv, 301 pages : 1 illustration ; 24 cm.<br /><br />RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - ADULT NON-FICTION - 618.1 MERI - Health & Family - Available - 52845532<br /> The lost boy : tales of a child soldier / Ayik Chut Deng with Craig Henderson ; a foreword by Ray Martin. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=431856&CF=BIB In episode 1 of the Ray Martin fronted SBS series Look me in the Eye, two South Sudanese migrants now resident in Brisbane sat across from each other and looked into each other's eyes. One of them, Ayik, was once a ten-year-old boy soldier training in the junior forces of the SPLA and like many of the young boys hating it. He regularly ran away, sometimes to refugee camps, but was found, dragged bag and brutally punished by then fourteen-year-old Anyang, the man now sitting opposite him. After a tumultuous life in Africa, Ayik brings that trauma with him to Australia and at various times gets in trouble with the law over violence, alcohol and drugs. He is misdiagnosed as schizophrenic and is wrongly medicated for years. One day at a Brisbane church he looks across and sees his childhood torturer and is filled with hate. They do not interact then, but on their next encounter, a few years later, Ayik speaks with Anyang and says if they were still in Africa he would kill him. Thankfully a number of forces (including the law and parenthood and a better psychiatrist) eventually set Ayik on the straight and narrow. He is studying and working and hopes to be an actor. He has had small roles in films in Queensland including Thor: Ragnarok. The lost boy is incredibly honest book, showing that recovering from torture and war is a process of lifelong learning, choices and challenges. In episode 1 of the Ray Martin fronted SBS series Look me in the Eye, two South Sudanese migrants now resident in Brisbane sat across from each other and looked into each other's eyes. One of them, Ayik, was once a ten-year-old boy soldier training in the junior forces of the SPLA and like many of the young boys hating it. He regularly ran away, sometimes to refugee camps, but was found, dragged bag and brutally punished by then fourteen-year-old Anyang, the man now sitting opposite him. After a tumultuous life in Africa, Ayik brings that trauma with him to Australia and at various times gets in trouble with the law over violence, alcohol and drugs. He is misdiagnosed as schizophrenic and is wrongly medicated for years. One day at a Brisbane church he looks across and sees his childhood torturer and is filled with hate. They do not interact then, but on their next encounter, a few years later, Ayik speaks with Anyang and says if they were still in Africa he would kill him. Thankfully a number of forces (including the law and parenthood and a better psychiatrist) eventually set Ayik on the straight and narrow. He is studying and working and hopes to be an actor. He has had small roles in films in Queensland including Thor: Ragnarok. The lost boy is incredibly honest book, showing that recovering from torture and war is a process of lifelong learning, choices and challenges.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Deng, Ayik Chut<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>[North Sydney, NSW] : Vintage Books Australia, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />xvii, 269 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 24 cm.<br /><br />EASTWOOD - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B DENG - Available - 52845303<br /> Friends & rivals : four great Australian writers, Barbara Baynton, Ethel Turner, Nettie Palmer, Henry Handel Richardson / Brenda Niall. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=431943&CF=BIB Four Australian women writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries -- a time when stories of bush heroism and mateship abounded, a time when a writing career might be an elusive thing for a woman. Friends and Rivals is a vivid and engaging account of the intersecting and entwined lives of Ethel Turner, author of the much loved Seven Little Australians, Barbara Baynton, who wrote of the harshness of bush life, Nettie Palmer, essayist and critic, and Henry Handel Richardson, of The Getting of Wisdom and The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney fame. Brenda Niall illuminates a fascinating time in Australia's literary history and brings to life the remarkable women who made it so. Four Australian women writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries -- a time when stories of bush heroism and mateship abounded, a time when a writing career might be an elusive thing for a woman. Friends and Rivals is a vivid and engaging account of the intersecting and entwined lives of Ethel Turner, author of the much loved Seven Little Australians, Barbara Baynton, who wrote of the harshness of bush life, Nettie Palmer, essayist and critic, and Henry Handel Richardson, of The Getting of Wisdom and The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney fame. Brenda Niall illuminates a fascinating time in Australia's literary history and brings to life the remarkable women who made it so. <br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Niall, Brenda, 1930-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Melbourne, Victoria : Text Publishing, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />276 pages ; 24 cm.<br /><br />GLADESVILLE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B NIAL - Available - 52846458<br /> Fourteen / by Shannon Molloy. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=431974&CF=BIB This is a story about my fourteenth year of life as a gay kid at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland. It was a year in which I started to discover who I was, and deeply hated what was revealed. It was a year in which I had my first crush and first devastating heartbreak. It was a year of torment, bullying and betrayal - not just at the hands of my peers, but by adults who were meant to protect me. And it was a year that almost ended tragically. I found solace in writing and my budding journalism; in a close-knit group of friends, all growing up too quickly together; and in the fierce protection of family and a mother's unconditional love. These were moments of light and hilarity that kept me going. As much as Fourteen is a chronicle of the enormous struggle and adversity I endured, and the shocking consequences of it all, it's also a tale of survival. Because I did survive. This is a story about my fourteenth year of life as a gay kid at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland. It was a year in which I started to discover who I was, and deeply hated what was revealed. It was a year in which I had my first crush and first devastating heartbreak. It was a year of torment, bullying and betrayal - not just at the hands of my peers, but by adults who were meant to protect me. And it was a year that almost ended tragically. I found solace in writing and my budding journalism; in a close-knit group of friends, all growing up too quickly together; and in the fierce protection of family and a mother's unconditional love. These were moments of light and hilarity that kept me going. As much as Fourteen is a chronicle of the enormous struggle and adversity I endured, and the shocking consequences of it all, it's also a tale of survival. Because I did survive.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Molloy, Shannon<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Cammeray, NSW : Simon & Schuster (Australia), 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />x, 305 pages ; 24 cm<br /><br />EASTWOOD - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B MOLL - Available - 52832368<br /> Uncanny valley : a memoir / Anna Wiener. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=427573&CF=BIB "In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener -- stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial -- left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress. Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. Part coming-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener's memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry's shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment. Unsparing and incisive, Uncanny Valley is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand."-- Provided by publisher. "In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener -- stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial -- left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress. Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. Part coming-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener's memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry's shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment. Unsparing and incisive, Uncanny Valley is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand."-- Provided by publisher.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Wiener, Anna, 1987-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : 4th Estate, an imprint of HrperCollins Publishers, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />279 pages ; 24 cm<br /><br />GLADESVILLE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B WIEN - Available - 52815153<br /> Bringing the fight : a firebrand feminist's life of defiance and determination / Merle Thornton with Melanie Ostell. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=432650&CF=BIB Merle Thornton is one of our game-changing pioneering feminists who helped bring about positive change for generations of Australian women. In her most audacious act, in 1965 Merle, along with Rosalie Bogner, chained herself to the bar at the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane to protest against the law that excluded women from public bars in Queensland, bringing about the end of segregated drinking in that state. But that’s just one achievement, in a life rich in defiance, daring and determination. Merle Thornton is one of our game-changing pioneering feminists who helped bring about positive change for generations of Australian women. In her most audacious act, in 1965 Merle, along with Rosalie Bogner, chained herself to the bar at the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane to protest against the law that excluded women from public bars in Queensland, bringing about the end of segregated drinking in that state. But that’s just one achievement, in a life rich in defiance, daring and determination.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Thornton, Merle, 1930-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>[Sydney, NSW] : HarperCollins Publishers, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />275 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm<br /><br />GLADESVILLE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B THOR - Available - 52848817<br /> Loud / Tana Douglas. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=432651&CF=BIB At just sixteen, Tana Douglas ran away to the circus that was rock 'n' roll in the 1970s, taking a job with a young and upcoming band called AC/DC. While still a teenager she went on to work for Santana, Neil Diamond and Suzi Quatro, before heading to the UK then the US, working for a who's who of bands and artists, including Status Quo, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, The Police, INXS, The Who, The Runaways, Lenny Kravitz, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam, Ice-T and Ice Cube, eventually moving from lighting and stage production into tour management and logistics. Funny, poignant, reflective and revealing, Loud is rock n roll like you've never seen it before, written in her own words by the woman recognised as the first female roadie in the world. At just sixteen, Tana Douglas ran away to the circus that was rock 'n' roll in the 1970s, taking a job with a young and upcoming band called AC/DC. While still a teenager she went on to work for Santana, Neil Diamond and Suzi Quatro, before heading to the UK then the US, working for a who's who of bands and artists, including Status Quo, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, The Police, INXS, The Who, The Runaways, Lenny Kravitz, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam, Ice-T and Ice Cube, eventually moving from lighting and stage production into tour management and logistics. Funny, poignant, reflective and revealing, Loud is rock n roll like you've never seen it before, written in her own words by the woman recognised as the first female roadie in the world.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Douglas, Tana<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>[Sydney, NSW] : ABC Books, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm<br /><br />GLADESVILLE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B DOUG - Available - 52660222<br /> I want you to know we're still here : my family, the Holocaust and my search for truth / Esther Safran Foer. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=432682&CF=BIB A moving and powerful inter-generational memoir about story and memory. Mine is a family of readers and writers. Our house is filled with books. There are contemporary design books on the coffee table in the living room, legal books in my husband's home office, and piles of children's books for when my grandchildren visit. However, the side table next to my bed is piled with books about the Holocaust. Framed maps of shtetls line my office walls and pictures of relatives killed in the Holocaust are displayed on our family gallery walls. Sometimes I feel like I exist across two polarised realities, experiencing great fulfilment from family, friends, and a meaningful career, and, at the same time, finding the joy of my life tempered by its shadows. In the darker corners of my mind live ghosts and demons who visit me from the shtetls in Ukraine where my family came from. Some of the details that make these visions so vivid are imagined because I grew up in a family where memories were too terrible to speak of. This is the true story of four generations who have been dealing with the Holocaust and its aftermath. We are four generations, survivors and survivors of survivors, storytellers and memory keepers. And we're still here. A moving and powerful inter-generational memoir about story and memory. Mine is a family of readers and writers. Our house is filled with books. There are contemporary design books on the coffee table in the living room, legal books in my husband's home office, and piles of children's books for when my grandchildren visit. However, the side table next to my bed is piled with books about the Holocaust. Framed maps of shtetls line my office walls and pictures of relatives killed in the Holocaust are displayed on our family gallery walls. Sometimes I feel like I exist across two polarised realities, experiencing great fulfilment from family, friends, and a meaningful career, and, at the same time, finding the joy of my life tempered by its shadows. In the darker corners of my mind live ghosts and demons who visit me from the shtetls in Ukraine where my family came from. Some of the details that make these visions so vivid are imagined because I grew up in a family where memories were too terrible to speak of. This is the true story of four generations who have been dealing with the Holocaust and its aftermath. We are four generations, survivors and survivors of survivors, storytellers and memory keepers. And we're still here.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Foer, Esther Safran<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : HQ, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm<br /><br />WEST RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - ADULT NON-FICTION - 940.53 FOER - The World (Past & Present) - Available - 52835812<br /> Come : a memoir / Rita Therese. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=432750&CF=BIB Bold, brave and darkly funny, this is the extraordinary story of Melbourne sex worker Rita Therese and the love, sex and death she has experienced in her life so far. Two selves intertwine and it leaves you, in the dance room, making a decision that winged liner is just for work. Because you don't know which self you are looking at right now, which person you are. The song stops and you break out of your trance and ask if he'd like to extend. Rita is an escort, one of the best in Australia. It all began on a whim at 18, after she rang the number on a sign looking for nude models. Always the outsider, she quickly learns the sex industry is comprised of many other people just like her and she becomes immersed in this world: the drugs, the late nights, the glamour, being an outcast, the attention and validation from men. Mostly she thrives on how taboo her life has become. Following significant personal tragedy and trauma, the line between Rita's sex worker persona Gia and her real self begins to blur in a seemingly endless loop of grief, work, sex, love and heartbreak. In this achingly honest memoir, Rita learns that death and trauma do not always bring grand transformative experiences. Sometimes, in order to go forward, we have to write our own stories and choose to keep living. Unflinching, compelling and darkly funny, Come announces a fearless new talent in Australian writing. Bold, brave and darkly funny, this is the extraordinary story of Melbourne sex worker Rita Therese and the love, sex and death she has experienced in her life so far. Two selves intertwine and it leaves you, in the dance room, making a decision that winged liner is just for work. Because you don't know which self you are looking at right now, which person you are. The song stops and you break out of your trance and ask if he'd like to extend. Rita is an escort, one of the best in Australia. It all began on a whim at 18, after she rang the number on a sign looking for nude models. Always the outsider, she quickly learns the sex industry is comprised of many other people just like her and she becomes immersed in this world: the drugs, the late nights, the glamour, being an outcast, the attention and validation from men. Mostly she thrives on how taboo her life has become. Following significant personal tragedy and trauma, the line between Rita's sex worker persona Gia and her real self begins to blur in a seemingly endless loop of grief, work, sex, love and heartbreak. In this achingly honest memoir, Rita learns that death and trauma do not always bring grand transformative experiences. Sometimes, in order to go forward, we have to write our own stories and choose to keep living. Unflinching, compelling and darkly funny, Come announces a fearless new talent in Australian writing.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Therese, Rita<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />xiv, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.<br /><br />NORTH RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B THER - Available - 52847071<br /> The chiffon trenches : a memoir / André Leon Talley. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=432868&CF=BIB Discover what truly happens behind the scenes in the world of high fashion in this detailed, storied memoir from style icon, bestselling author and former Vogue creative director André Leon Talley. During André Leon Talley's first magazine job assisting Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship and propelled Talley into the upper echelons by virtue of his shared knowledge and adoration of fashion. He moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild's Women's Wear Daily, befriending fashion's most important designers. But as Talley made friends, he also made enemies. A fraught encounter with a member of the house of Yves Saint Laurent sent him back to New York and into the offices of Vogue under Grace Mirabella. There, he developed an unlikely but intimate friendship with Anna Wintour, and as she rose to the top of Vogue's masthead, Talley became the most influential man in fashion. The Chiffon Trenches is a candid look at the who's who of the last fifty years of fashion, and proof that fact is always fascinatingly more devilish than fiction. André Leon Talley's engaging memoir tells the story of how he not only survived but thrived -- despite racism, illicit rumours and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry -- to become one of the most legendary voices and faces in fashion. Discover what truly happens behind the scenes in the world of high fashion in this detailed, storied memoir from style icon, bestselling author and former Vogue creative director André Leon Talley. During André Leon Talley's first magazine job assisting Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship and propelled Talley into the upper echelons by virtue of his shared knowledge and adoration of fashion. He moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild's Women's Wear Daily, befriending fashion's most important designers. But as Talley made friends, he also made enemies. A fraught encounter with a member of the house of Yves Saint Laurent sent him back to New York and into the offices of Vogue under Grace Mirabella. There, he developed an unlikely but intimate friendship with Anna Wintour, and as she rose to the top of Vogue's masthead, Talley became the most influential man in fashion. The Chiffon Trenches is a candid look at the who's who of the last fifty years of fashion, and proof that fact is always fascinatingly more devilish than fiction. André Leon Talley's engaging memoir tells the story of how he not only survived but thrived -- despite racism, illicit rumours and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry -- to become one of the most legendary voices and faces in fashion.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Talley, André Leon<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : 4th Estate, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />xv, 284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 24 cm.<br /><br />RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B TALL - Available - 52676730<br /> More myself : a journey / Alicia Keys with Michelle Burford. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=432875&CF=BIB "An intimate, revealing look at one artist's journey from self-censorship to full expression As one of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Alicia Keys has enraptured the nation with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache-over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection. Since her rise to fame, Alicia's public persona has belied a deep personal truth: she has spent years not fully recognizing or honoring her own worth. After withholding parts of herself for so long, she is at last exploring the questions that live at the heart of her story: Who am I, really? And once I discover that truth, how can I become brave enough to embrace it? More Myself is part autobiography, part narrative documentary. Alicia's journey is revealed not only through her own candid recounting, but also through vivid recollections from those who have walked alongside her. The result is a 360-degree perspective on Alicia's path-from her girlhood in Hell's Kitchen and Harlem, to the process of self-discovery she's still navigating. In More Myself, Alicia shares her quest for truth-about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia's artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity"-- "An intimate, revealing look at one artist's journey from self-censorship to full expression As one of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Alicia Keys has enraptured the nation with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache-over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection. Since her rise to fame, Alicia's public persona has belied a deep personal truth: she has spent years not fully recognizing or honoring her own worth. After withholding parts of herself for so long, she is at last exploring the questions that live at the heart of her story: Who am I, really? And once I discover that truth, how can I become brave enough to embrace it? More Myself is part autobiography, part narrative documentary. Alicia's journey is revealed not only through her own candid recounting, but also through vivid recollections from those who have walked alongside her. The result is a 360-degree perspective on Alicia's path-from her girlhood in Hell's Kitchen and Harlem, to the process of self-discovery she's still navigating. In More Myself, Alicia shares her quest for truth-about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia's artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity"--<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Keys, Alicia<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Macmillan, 2020.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020<br />viii, 256 pages ; 23 cm.<br /><br />WEST RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - BIOGRAPHY - B KEYS - Available - 52848299<br /> Jane Goodall : a champion of chimpanzees / by Sarah Albee ; pictures by Gustavo Mazali. https://ryde.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=433073&CF=BIB Read all about Jane Goodall, a groundbreaking scientist who studies chimpanzees. This biography includes a timeline and photographs. Read all about Jane Goodall, a groundbreaking scientist who studies chimpanzees. This biography includes a timeline and photographs.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Albee, Sarah<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>New York : Harper, [2020].<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>©2020.<br />27 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 23 cm.<br />I can read 2, Reading with help<br /><br />EASTWOOD - (Ryde Library Service) - CHILDRENS EASY FICTION - JFE ICAN - Onloan - Due: 13 Dec 2022 - 52301265<br />RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - CHILDRENS EASY FICTION - JFE ICAN - Onloan - Due: 20 Dec 2022 - 52301346<br />WEST RYDE - (Ryde Library Service) - CHILDRENS EASY FICTION - JFE ICAN - Available - 52301206<br />