Best Midwest U.S. Biographies Books

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1. Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country

Author: by Sierra Crane Murdoch
400 pages

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PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving itan urgent work of literary journalism. I don’t know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane Murdoch.

William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Barbarian DaysWINNER OF THE OREGON BOOK AWARD NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR AWARD NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review NPR Publishers Weekly When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom.

In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher KC Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned.

2. The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

Author: by Jeffrey Haas
Lawrence Hill Books
400 pages

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Read the story behind the award-winning film Judas and the Black Messiah On December 4, 1969, attorney Jeff Haas was in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton’s fiance. Deborah Johnson described how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed.

She heard one officer say, He’s still alive. She then heard two shots. A second officer said, He’s good and dead now. She looked at Jeff and asked, What can you do? The Assassination of Fred Hampton remains Haas’s personal account of how he and People’s Law Office partner Flint Taylor pursued Hampton’s assassins, ultimately prevailing over unlimited government resources and FBI conspiracy.

Fifty years later, Haas writes that there is still an urgent need for the revolutionary systemic changes Hampton was organizing to accomplish. Not only a story of justice delivered, this book spotlights Hampton as a dynamic community leader and an inspiration for those in the ongoing fight against injustice and police brutality.

3. Becoming Amish: A family's search for faith, community and purpose

Author: by Jeff Smith
Dance Hall Press, LLC
256 pages

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The true story of Bill and Tricia Moser, who were living in one of America’s wealthiest communities when they stepped away and began a journey that ultimately led to a horse-and-buggy Amish life.No more BMWs. No more architectural or medical careers.

Instead, the Mosers drew close with their children, built pallets for money, wore homemade clothes, and bonded with people of their Amish faith and community. Here, in Becoming Amish, they offer a modern couple’s honest perspective on that separate and seemingly cloistered world, a perspective that is uniquely insider and outsider at the same time.

The Mosers’ journey is rich and fascinating all on its own as we learn about the inner workings of the Amish faith, ways and culturewhat their church services are like, how their businesses succeed at such a high rate, how they are so remarkably connected on a human scale (without Facebook!, how they balance technology in their lives, and more.

But though the couple’s decision can seem extreme, it can also serve as a mirror that helps us reflect upon our own choices, our own beliefs and values. If we were to be as intentional about our lives, how would we realign our choices big and small to achieve a fulfilling life?

4. From Michigan to Mekong: Letters on Life, Learning, Love and War (1961-68)

Author: by James B. Hubbard Jr
248 pages

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With phone and internet technology, it’s easy to look back at the recent years of our lives in great detail. The more distant past is harder. There may be fragmentsa photo, a news clipping, a family storybut rarely is there enough to recapture what it really felt like in that other time.

Unless, like a young Jim Hubbard, you mailed a letter home every week or two, from the time you left your Michigan home for college in 1961 until you returned from the Vietnam War in late 1968, and your parents and wife saved them all, and your daughter chanced upon them in a bag half a century later.

The result is a treasure, an honest and often humorous time capsule of study and play at three Michigan colleges; of family, love, and marriage; and of the political and cultural touchstones that shaped the 60sespecially the Vietnam War during a year that changed everything for Captain Hubbard and his country.

For military and social history buffs, for veterans and their families, and for readers of a certain age, Jim’s letters open a window to a bygone era.

5. A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder And Its Aftermath

Author: by Jeanine Cummins
Berkley (June 1, 2004)
June 1, 2004

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The acclaimed author of American Dirt reveals the devastating effects of a shocking tragedy in this landmark true crime bookthe first ever to look intimately at the experiences of both the victims and their families. A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins’ story of a night in April, 1991, when her two cousins Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, were assaulted on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River just outside of St. Louis.

When, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom managed to escape the attackers and flag down help, he thought the nightmare would soon be over. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their entire family were just at the beginning of a horrific odyssey through the aftermath of a violent crime, a world of shocking betrayal, endless heartbreak, and utter disillusionment.

It was a trial by fire from which no family member would emerge unscathed.

6. The Get Real Method: Create The Life You Want And Do Work That Matters

Author: by Liya James
198 pages

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Wish you could create a life and career that’s authentically you? Want to make meaningful change toward living a purpose-driven life? Ready to finally start living in alignment with who you really are? This book will teach you a system for upleveling your life and work and unlock that deep sense of fulfillment and purpose inside you.

Business coach and designer turned entrepreneur Liya James is on a mission to empower you to own your future and make a difference with this jam-packed book. The Get Real Method: Create The Life You Want And Do Work That Matters asks 7 essential questions that guide you to find true clarity, craft a vision for your life, and break through all kinds of limiting beliefs.

This book is an unconventional guide that shows burned-out overachievers, high-performers who know there’s a better way, and anyone who wants more out of life how to create a more meaningful and fulfilling life. The Get Real Method: Create The Life You Want And Do Work That Matters is a breakthrough collection of personal workshops unlike any other that will show you how to do work that matters and finally live life with confidence and fulfillment.

7. The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

Author: by Allan W. Eckert
Jesse Stuart Foundation
626 pages

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The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River, victims of Indians who claimed the vast virgin territory and strove to turn back the growing tide of whites.

These frontiersmen are the subjects of Allan Eckert’s dramatic history. Against the background of such names as George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, Arthur St. Clair, Anthony Wayne, Simon Girty and William Henry Harrison, Eckert has recreated the life of one of America’s most outstanding heroes, Simon Kenton.

Kenton’s role in opening the Northwest Territory to settlement more than rivaled that of his friend Daniel Boone. By his eighteenth birthday, Kenton had already won frontier renown as woodsman, fighter and scout. His incredible physical strength and endurance, his great dignity and innate kindness made him the ideal prototype of the frontier hero.

8. 8 MIRACULOUS MONTHS IN THE MALAYAN JUNGLE: A WWII Pilot's True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival

Author: by Donald J. "DJ" Humphrey II
237 pages

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A Grueling Survival Story About a WWII Hero’s Fight for FreedomOn January 11, 1945, Major Donald J. Humphrey had his B-29 Superfortress directed at Singapore Island. After navigating the 1900-mile trip from India through dangerous weather, they had just successfully bombed their target.

And that’s when Japanese Zeroes shot off the wing and sent the mighty aircraft death-spiraling into the Malayan jungle. Jumping to safety, Humphrey and a few of his remaining crewmates found themselves lost in the middle of occupied territory. Enduring vicious crocodiles, deadly snakes, and crippling malaria, the Americans battled just to stay alive.

And though they made contact with Malayan resistance fighters, they could never be sure their benefactors weren’t pulling them even deeper into danger… In this harrowing true account, Major Humphrey’s son shares the extraordinary story of his father’s grueling ordeal.

Told in the first person, this highly personal narrative puts you inside the mind of a man fighting for his country while struggling to survive. 8 Miraculous Months in the Malayan Jungle is a gripping memoir about overcoming unexpected peril. If you like World War II heroes, incredible stories of courage, and inspirational reads, then you’ll love Donald “DJ” Humphrey II’s captivating biography of his father.

9. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

Author: by Sudhir Venkatesh
Penguin Books
320 pages

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A New York Times Bestseller”A rich portrait of the urban poor, drawn not from statistics but from vivid tales of their lives and his, and how they intertwined.” The Economist”A sensitive, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives that are ususally ignored or lumped into ill-defined stereotype.” Finanical Times Foreword by Stephen J.

Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty-and impress his professors with his boldness.

He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded inside the projects under JT’s protection. From a privileged position of unprecedented access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang’s complex hierarchical structure.

10. Birds of Iowa Field Guide (Bird Identification Guides)

Author: by Stan Tekiela
Adventure Publications
296 pages

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Learn to Identify Birds in Iowa! Make bird watching in Iowa even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in your area.

This book features 112 species of Iowa birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps, and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see.

11. The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball's Afterlife

Author: by Brad Balukjian
280 pages

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A Los Angeles Times Bestseller 2020 NPR’s Book Concierge Staff Pick Is there life after baseball? Starting from this simple question, The Wax Pack ends up with something much bigger and unexpecteda meditation on the loss of innocence and the gift of impermanence, for both Brad Balukjian and the former ballplayers he tracked down.

To get a truly random sample of players, Balukjian followed this wildly absurd but fun-as-hell premise: he took a single pack of baseball cards from 1986 (the first year he collected cards), opened it, chewed the nearly thirty-year-old gum inside, gagged, and then embarked on a quest to find all the players in the pack.

Absurd, maybe, but true. He took this trip solo in the summer of 2015, spanning 11,341 miles through thirty states in forty-eight days. Balukjian actively engaged with his subjectstaking a hitting lesson from Rance Mulliniks, watching kung fu movies with Garry Templeton, and going to the zoo with Don Carman.

In the process of finding all the players but one, he discovered an astonishing range of experiences and untold stories in their post-baseball lives, and he realized that we all have more in common with ballplayers than we think. While crisscrossing the country, Balukjian retraced his own past, reconnecting with lost loves and coming to terms with his lifelong battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

12. The Sad Son: A true story about mental illness and a mother's love

Author: by Claire B. Josephine
322 pages

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When Claire walked into a room, men paid attention. She was beautiful, she was blonde, andshe dressed like a Kardashian. Then Claire met him. And it’s hard to see evil in a man who’s so hot. How many hot men does it take to screw up a life?Just one.

The Sad Son reads like tequila shots with a friendit’s straight up, a little salty, and contains aninconspicuous worm. This true story unravels how Claire went from partying with rock stars,hitting all the hip nightclubs in Chicago and LA, and owning every dance floor she set foot on tobecoming a single mother to a son she feared would kill her in her sleep.

Her life veered to pureloneliness and denial as Claire unconditionally lovedand desperately tried to protecta sonwho didn’t deserve his sad existence. And it’s a story of finally letting go when nothing elseseemed to work.

13. David McCullough: The Presidential Biographies: John Adams, Mornings on Horseback, and Truman

Author: by David McCullough
Simon & Schuster
2352 pages

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From one of our most gifted living writers (The Washington Post), this collection includes David McCullough’s masterful biographies of three great presidents: John Adams, Harry S. Truman, and Theodore Roosevelt. Both John Adams and Truman won the Pulitzer Prize for biography.

This boxed set will include the following three volumes: John Adams The Pulitzer Prizewinning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, John Adams reads like an epic historical novel, breathing fresh life into the history of the American Revolution and the birth of the young republic.

Truman The Pulitzer Prizewinning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean War. Mornings on Horseback The National Book Awardwinning biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president of the United States.

14. Pivot with Purpose: The true stories of how 18 female entrepreneurs & business owners pivoted during one of the most unprecedented times in history

Author: by Rebecca Cafiero
194 pages

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This collaborative book of essays recounts the heartfelt experiences, insights, and lessons that 18 women of unique walks of life shared during one deeply challenging and deeply bonding experience – launching, scaling, and managing their small businesses during a global pandemic.

No small task, to say the least. Though this group of women has never met outside of the parameters of their computer screens, one reality unified their parallel journeys. They made a commitment to themselves and to each other to pivot with purpose.

They refused to settle, back down or surrender and instead honored the powerful female leaders, entrepreneurs, and women that they are. These are their stories.

15. That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life

Author: by Garrison Keillor
Arcade (December 1, 2020)
384 pages

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With the warmth and humor we’ve come to know, the creator and host of A Prairie Home Companion shares his own remarkable story. In That Time of Year, Garrison Keillor looks back on his life and recounts how a Brethren boy with writerly ambitions grew up in a small town on the Mississippi in the 1950s and, seeing three good friends die young, turned to comedy and radio.

Through a series of unreasonable lucky breaks, he founded A Prairie Home Companion and put himself in line for a good life, including mistakes, regrets, and a few medical adventures. PHC lasted forty-two years, 1,557 shows, and enjoyed the freedom to do as it pleased for three or four million listeners every Saturday at 5 p.M.Central.

He got to sing with Emmylou Harris and Rene Fleming and once sang two songs to the U.S.Supreme Court. He played a private eye and a cowboy, gave the news from his hometown, Lake Wobegon, and met Somali cabdrivers who’d learned English from listening to the show.

He wrote bestselling novels, won a Grammy and a National Humanities Medal, and made a movie with Robert Altman with an alarming amount of improvisation. He says, I was unemployable and managed to invent work for myself that I loved all my life, and on top of that I married well.

16. Tough Luck: Sid Luckman, Murder, Inc., and the Rise of the Modern NFL

Author: by R. D. Rosen
September 3, 2019

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In the long annals of sports and crime, no story compares to the one that engulfed the Luckman family in 1935. As 18-year-old Sid Luckman made headlines across New York City for his high school football exploits at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, his father, Meyer Luckman, was making headlines in the same papers for a very different reason: the gangland murder of his own brother-in-law.

Amazingly, when Sid became a star at Columbia and a Hall of Fame NFL quarterback in Chicago, all of it while Meyer Luckman served 20-years-to-life in Sing Sing Prison, the connection between sports celebrity son and mobster father was studiously ignored by the press and ultimately overlooked for eight decades.

Tough Luck traces two simultaneous historical developments through a single immigrant family in Depression-era New York: the rise of the National Football League led by the dynastic Chicago Bears, whose famed owner George Halas convinced Sid Luckman to help him turn the sluggish game of pro football into America’s favorite pastime; and the demisetriggered by Meyer Luckman’s crime and initial coverupof the Brooklyn labor rackets and Louis Lepke’s infamous organization Murder, Inc.