A biography is a detailed account of a person’s life experiences, while an autobiography is written by the person themselves. If you are not familiar with our collection, the Chemung County Library District has a significant collection of biographies and autobiographies. While our library collection is a great resource for school assignments, it also can be an enriching experience to savor the detailed story of an interesting actor, politician, scientist or anyone you might admire. For the month of November, I am featuring several new biographies that have recently been added to our collection.
“Maeve Binchy: The Biography” by Piers Dudgeon. A comprehensive and uplifting biography of the much-loved Irish write that shows her life story was reflected in her books.
“Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter” by Randall Balmer. – “Balmer explores the paradoxes of a man balancing faith and ideals against the pragmatics of politics and the evangelical tide that favored him and later turned so vehemently against him.” Booklist Starred Review
“Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” by Peter Ackroyd. a well-written portrait of the beloved film star, portraying the story of a gifted and complicated personality.
“Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin” by David Ritz. A powerful portrait of one of the greatest musical talents, portrays the hardships and triumphs of her life story.
“John Wayne: The Life and Legend” by Scott Eyman. An entertaining portrait of an American movie icon, skillfully traced from his early childhood through his amazing Hollywood career.
Connie Ogilvie, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District