biographies - Waukesha Public Library
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father
GRAPHIC BOOK 940.5318 SP43M #1
Spiegelman describes and illustrates his
father’s fight to survive the horrors of WWII.
J. R. R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds
YA 812.912 T577YW
Willett examines the personal life and literary
career of the author of The Lord of the Rings.
After emigrating to Milwaukee in 1906, Meir
later moved to the Middle East where she
became Prime Minister of Israel.
Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent
After her escape from slavery in 1849,
Tubman returned south to free over 300
of her fellow African Americans via the
Kindred Spirit: A Biography of
L. M. Montgomery
Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green
Gables series, grew up on Prince Edward
Island like her well known heroine.
Mark Twain: A Life
The author of Tom Sawyer had careers
in printing, river boat piloting, and
journalism before becoming a world
Walter Dean Myers: Writer for Real Teens
813. 54 M992YJ
Jordan presents the life and career of African
American author Myers who overcame
adversity while growing up in Harlem.
Yummy: The Last Day of a Southside
GRAPHIC BOOK 921 SA56N
A graphic novel based on the true story
of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an
eleven-year-old gang member from Chicago.
Aaron Rodgers: Leader of the Pack
796. 332092 R616R
Award Winning journalist Reischel tells
Rodgers’ story from childhood to his
professional football career.
823.914 R797YS (also +)
This British author, a former teacher, got the
idea for her wildly popular Harry Potter books
during a train ride.
The Lance and the Shield: The Life and
Times of Sitting Bull
Robert Marshall Utley
Utley describes the life of Sitting Bull, a
famous Native American leader who fought
against efforts to move his people on to
reservations in the late 1800s.
The Tall Mexican: The Life of
Aguirre was not only an outstanding baseball
player, but was also a businessman who
founded the company Mexican Industries,
providing employment for many.
Jane Austen: A Life Revealed
Reef discusses Austen’s life, writings,
and influence on world literature.
921 B658B (also +)
In 1849, Blackwell became the first woman
to earn a medical degree in the U.S.
The above are just a few examples of the many
biographies in our library’s collection. For more,
check these locations:
General biography— 920’s
(roughly in order by the subject’s last name)
Actors—790’s (in the film & TV section)
Athletes - 796s (in the sports section)
Painters, sculptors, etc. - 750’s (in the art section)
Singers & musicians - 780’s (in the music section)
Writers - 800’s (in the literature section)
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The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of
Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
YA 823.8 B789YB
Reef explores the lives and turbulent
times of these three classic authors.
A biography of the Roman general and
statesman whose brilliant military leadership
helped make Rome the center of a vast
This biologist’s 1962 book Silent Spring
spurred the beginning of the modern
George Washington Carver
A former slave, African-American Carver
helped the rural South as a scientist and
agriculturalist, inventing over 300 uses for
Peanuts, including peanut butter.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
Phillip M. Hoose
YA 921 C726H
Hoose tells Claudette’s story of how, as a
teenager, she fought against segregation
during the Civil Rights movement.
Presenting Robert Cormier
Patricia J. Campbell
Campbell discusses the life and works
of well-known author Robert Cormier.
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World
of Marie Curie
Scientist Curie’s work in Paris led to important
discoveries about radium and radioactivity.
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance
of Amelia Earhart
Fleming tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life,
and describes the desperate search for her
and her missing plane.
This German-born physicist, creator of the
Theory of Relativity, moved to the U.S.
before World War II and was instrumental in
warning President Roosevelt that the Nazis
were working on atomic bomb technology.
Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank
and Her Family
YA 921 F8519D
Presented here is the story of the Frank family
and their struggles through World War II.
Benjamin Franklin: The New American
921 F854M (also +)
The remarkable Franklin was not only a
printer, inventor, and patriot, but also an
American diplomat in France.
Great Soul: Mahatma Ghandi and His
Struggle with India
Born in India in 1869 when his country
was still under British rule, Gandhi was a
spiritual leader and advocate of nonviolent
resistance in the fight for India’s independence.
Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind
This is a remarkable look at how one of
the greatest scientific minds alive overcame
incredible odds to become the inspirational
figure he is today.
Hidden Teens, Hidden Lives: Primary
Sources from the Holocaust
Linda Jacobs Altman
YA 940.5318 AL79H
Altman reveals the lives of children and teens
who went into hiding during the holocaust.
Based on more than forty interviews with
Jobs, as well as interviews with family
members, friends, and colleagues, the
author has written a riveting story of the
life and intense personality of a creative
and widely renowned entrepreneur.
Thomas Jefferson, Draftsman of a Nation
In this biography, Bober discuses
Jefferson’s life as an advocate for education,
3rd president of the United States, and
author of the Declaration of Independence.
Chief Joseph: Thunder Rolling Down
From the Mountains
The people of this Native American leader
fought against forced resettlement after the
Chief’s eloquent pleas against the treaty
that took away their lands.
Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy
Explores JFK’s childhood and teen years
as a member of an influential, rich, and
competitive Massachusetts family.
Harper Lee: A Twentieth-Century Life
This biography describes Harper Lee’s
life as a down to earth sports loving woman,
who happened to win the Pulitzer Prize for
the only novel she ever published.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
King, an African American minister and
civil rights leader, inspired millions with his
“I Have a Dream” speech.
Leonardo da Vinci
Sherwin B. Nuland
Born in Italy in 1452, da Vinci not only
painted the Mona Lisa, but was also an
inventor and scientist well ahead of his time.
Abe Lincoln Grows Up
921 L638SAA (also +)
The early years of the 16th U.S. president
from his humble log cabin beginnings in
Jack London: A Life
Jack London’s life was one of poverty,
struggle, and great adventure.