Deferred: My Extraordinary Journey to New York University Abu Dhabi – Michael Ttappous

A story shared through the heart and eyes of a maturing high school teenager, ‘Deferred’ is an honest journey into what it means to find a sense of purpose. It takes on the early, character-building battles of academics that every student braves and steadily transforms into an adventure of discovery and development. And as the weight of ignorance and inexperience looms heavy on the fringe of carefully crafted visions of the future, and which progressively take precedence over all else, Michael’s memoir is one that ...

The Daily Hazards of a Middle Eastern Wife – Soad Nasr

If you think a Middle Eastern marriage is something unfamiliar and exotic, filled with strange and unknowable customs…then you’re only partially right. While both Eastern and Western cultures have their unique take on marriage, many issues faced by future brides remain constant throughout the world. The pressures of the first date, pre-wedding drama, and in-law approval are as familiar to women in Egypt as they are in New York. And just as the Western world has its peculiar quirks when it comes to relationships and ...



Troublemaker – Leah Remini

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.



Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter – Kate Clifford Larson

Schlow Library Selection: Based on obsessive research of first-hand accounts, Kate Clifford Larson tells the story of Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter in the context of her famous family and the history swirling around them. Albeit not moving as quickly as her eight siblings, Rosemary participated in the upper echelons of society as much as she could until her early 20s. It appears as though a combination of escalating psychological issues and "Rosie's" realization that she was not allowed and/or able to live life as her age cohort led to uncontrollable "rages" and seizures. Their desperation over how to keep her from embarrassing the family led her parents to move Rosie from facility to school to house until finally Joe, Sr. fatefully arranged for the widely disparaged frontal lobotomy that robbed his eldest daughter of almost all of the physical and mental skills she had. Rosie became a rarely-mentioned ghost in her family, making this book even more impressive in the author's gathering and collating of letters, journals, and other historical sources into a well-written, disturbing, and ultimately intriguing story of one of the most well-known families in American history.



Almost Interesting – David Spade

David Spade is best known for his harsh “Hollywood” Minute Sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Joe Dirt and Tommy Boy, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the “comic brat extraordinaire” tells his story in Almost Interesting.




Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink – Elvis Costello

Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance-band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and before he was twenty-four took the popular music world by storm.



Radioactive Marie & Pierre Curie a Tale of Love & Fallout – Lauren Redniss

The love, life, and work of two brilliant scientists, Marie and Pierre Curie, are woven together in this highly artistic biography. The book has passages that read like a scientific journal, some that feel like an artist’s notebook, and others that feel like a love story told in a novel. Although the work does focus on both scientists, Marie is at the forefront through much of it. Her identity of scientist, lover, and mother is examined in a soft and artistic way. -- Alison O., DC Public Library



So, Anyway… – John Cleese

Cleese takes readers on a Grand Tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Monty Python partner Graham Chapman), to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.



The Holy or the Broken – Alan Light

Today, “Hallelujah” is one of the most-performed rock songs in history. It has become a staple of movies and television shows as diverse as Shrek and The West Wing, of tribute videos and telethons. It has been covered by hundreds of artists, including Bob Dylan, U2, Justin Timberlake, and k.d. lang, and it is played every year at countless events—both sacred and secular—around the world.



You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – Felicia Day

When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids (desperately). Growing up in the Deep South, where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons,” she looked online to find her tribe. The internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth—finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Her relative isolation meant that she could pursue passions like gaming, calculus, and 1930’s detective novels without shame. Because she had no idea how “uncool” she really was.

The Glasgow Curse – William Lobban

There's a notorious criminal following me! On Twitter, that is, and it's former criminal, if you please. William Lobban, a gangster so vicious no prison in Scotland would take him, finished paying his debt to society in an English penitentiary in 1988.




Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)