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Collection Spotlight: Biographies

Have you visited the Biography section lately?

It's located near the newspapers and magazine and it became so large that we had to make the Memoirs their own section! This week, we are highlighting some of the books housed in the Biography section.

Check one out today to learn something new or step into someone else's shoes for a little while.


The Crown on Netflix is showing the world a different side to Britain's Royal Family. Following the life and career of the current monarch, Elizabeth II, the show takes viewers on a journey that is leaving them wanting more!

If you've finished Season 4 and can't wait any longer for the next release, why not try a book featuring some of the star players of the series?

We have books on most of the members of the Royal Family and their Prime Ministers: Winston Churchill and Elizabeth II are some obvious choices, but we also have biographies on Duchess Camilla, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Margaret Thatcher. Want a royal from history or a different European country? Check out the books on Queen Victoria or Catherine the Great!

Winston Churchill (there are others, too!)

Queen Elizabeth

Catherine the Great

Are you feeling like you'd rather stay stateside? Maybe you're feeling presidential. Did you know that we also have books on many of our past presidents? Some great choices are below, but there are so many more to choose from!

Grant by Chernow

Barack Obama


Maybe you're looking for a person with local connections. You're in luck! The Library has the biography of Joel Barlow and Mark Twain. Both will surely bring a stronger connection to the community's history. Also, Bridgeport native P.T. Barnum's life sits on our shelves. Find out more about the man who created the world-famous circus.

Joel Barlow

Mark Twain

P.T. Barnum

The United States Supreme Court has been around since the founding of our nation. But it wasn't until the 1900s that the first woman sat on the bench. The Library's collection includes many works on the lives of Supreme Court Justices. Some great options are below!

Sonia Sotomayor Sandra Day O'Connor


The Library also has biographies of celebrities, civil rights activists, and writers. There are many good ones that I couldn't possible fit them all here. But here is just a small sampling of what you can find on the shelves.

Take a trip back to the days of Beatlemania and live it through Paul McCartney's eyes. Learn about the struggles This Is Us star, Chrissy Metz has faced in her lifetime. Journey back to the little house on the prairie with Laura Ingalls Wilder narrating her life as she remembers it -- this is the real stuff, not the fictional version found in her famous book series.

Malcolm X fought for the rights of millions of people. Discover how he did it and the impact his work continues to have today. Finally, learn about the life of New York City recluse, Huguette Clark. A wealthy woman who decided to spend most of life in the mansion she called home with very little staff. A fascinating read that shines a mere sliver of light on one of the greatest cities in the world.

Let us know if you've read a biography recently. Did you like it? Did you learn anything new about the subject? Let us know in the comments!

Have a good week!


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