Biography & Memoirs Book Discussion Group

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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.

Katy Geissert Civic Center Library
3301 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 618-5959

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October 11th, 2018 @ 10:30am
Tecumseh : A Life
by John Sugden
Unlike most Indian leaders, who operated locally or participated in intertribal warfare, Tecumseh does not stand for one tribe or nation but for all Native Americans. The product of thirty years of research in North America and Europe, this comprehensive and authoritative biography offers new revelations about every stage of the legendary chief's life by the leading scholar on Tecumseh and the Shawnees


November 8th, 2018 @ 10:30am
Hatchepsut :The Female Pharaoh
by Joyce A. Tyldesley
Born the eldest daughter of King Tuthmosis. Her reign was a carefully balanced period of internal peace, foreign exploration and monumental building, and Egypt prospered under her rule. After her death, however, a serious attempt was made to obliterate Hatchepsut's memory from the history of Egypt. Her monuments were either destroyed or usurped, her portraits were vandalized and, for over two thousand years, her name was forgotten.

over the edge
December 13th,  2018 @ 10:30am
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
by Laurence Bergreen
Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Laurence Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself.

King George V
January 10th, 2019,  @ 10:30am
King George V
by Kenneth Rose
Winner of numerous highly prestigious awards -- including the Whitbread -- this portrayal of King George V's restless reign has earned acclaim as one of the great 20th-century historical biographies. Grandfather of the current queen, George V's life spanned the centuries, bridging the "glories" of the Victorian era and the horrors of World War I

February 14th, 2019 @ 10:30am
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell is This? by Marion Meade

In this lively, absorbing biography, Marion Meade illuminates both the charm and the dark side of Dorothy Parker, exploring her days of wicked wittiness at the Algonquin Round Table with the likes of Robert Benchley, George Kaufman, and Harold Ross, and in Hollywood with S. J. Perelman, William Faulkner, and Lillian Hellman. At the dazzling center of it all, Meade gives us the flamboyant, self-destructive, and brilliant Dorothy Parker.

March 14th, 2019 @ 10:30am
Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
by Benvenuto Cellini
Benvenuto Cellini was a shameless adventurer. He was also one of the most celebrated artists of the Renaissance. Inn-keepers, prostitutes, kings, cardinals, artists and soldiers rub shoulders in this autobiography: a vivid portrait of the manners and morals of both the rulers of the day and of their subjects. Written with supreme powers of invective and an irrepressible sense of humor, this is an unrivaled glimpse into the palaces and prisons of the Italy of Michelangelo and the Medici.

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