A new month means new reads. March 2013 is bringing us tales of adventure and ties of brotherhood, the will to lead and break down barriers, and an American President. Read on for our picks and let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comment section below.
"All the Best, George Bush: My Life In Letters and Other Writings" by George H. W. Bush
This month offers the closest thing we have to an autobiography, a glimpse into the world and life of George H. W. Bush through his personal letters and correspondence. Beginning at age eighteen, we follow the President through his time in the Navy and in Congress, his ambassadorship, his tenure with the Central Intelligence Agency, and his vice presidency and presidency.
The year was 1856 and in the wilderness of West Africa, Paul Du Chaillu was determined to discover an animal nobody believed even existed. Three years later, Du Chaillu confirmed the existence of the gorilla. Critically acclaimed author Monte Reel details the anthropologist's epic journey and its effect on the ever-contentious debate on evolution and racial discourse.
"Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family" by Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Meet Ezekiel Emanuel: He is one of the world’s leading bioethicists and oncologists, a fellow at The Hastings Center, and former special advisor for health policy in the Obama administration. You might already know his brothers: Rahm Emanuel is the sitting mayor of Chicago (the first Jewish one, at that) and formerly served as the White House Chief of Staff. Ari Emanuel is a Hollywood agent and the real-life inspiration for Entourage's Ari Gold. Pretty spectacular bunch. Now, Ezekiel is recounting the storied childhoods of the brothers Emanuel and offering an intimate portrait of the rest of the Emanuel family, America, and identity.
"Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" by Sheryl Sandberg
Perhaps this one isn't entirely a memoir. Sandberg confirms this, saying, "This book is not a memoir, although I have included stories about my life. Its not a self-help book, although I truly hope it helps. It is not book on career management, although I offer advice in that area. It is not a feminist manifesto -- okay, it is sort of a feminist manifesto, but one that I hope inspires men as much as it inspires women." Sandberg reflects on her own experiences, contributing career advice and solutions to hard problems with an open mind and unparalleled passion. With Lean In, Sandberg does help, does inspire, and opens the floor so that others might lean in, speak up, and have an imperative conversation.
"Rita Moreno: A Memoir" by Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno, the only Hispanic performer to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and an Emmy, candidly and intimately recalls her Puerto Rican upbringing, the struggle to break through racial and sexual barriers in Hollywood, and the legendary relationship that led to her attempted suicide. Moreno's memoir is a portrait of an artist, a legend whose story will long be remembered.