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The Early Word: New Non-Fiction for the Week of September 29, 2008

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Biographies and memoirs and then some…

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
By Alice Schroeder

Throughout the years Warren Buffett has treated his investors as partners, acted as their steward, and championed honesty as an investor, CEO, board member, essayist, and speaker. At the same time he became the world’s wealthiest man, all from the modest Omaha headquarters of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. While much had been written on the subject of his investing style, no one had moved beyond that to explore his larger philosophy, which is bound up in a paradoxical and private personality and the details of his life. That is, not until Alice Schroeder, a managing director at Morgan Stanley and a gifted writer known for her keen business acumen, came along and impressed Buffett enough with her insights into finance that it led to her position as biographer and author of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. The consequence is an unprecedented access allowed by Buffett to an open-book life as he spent countless hours responding to a writer’s questions, talking, opening his files, recalling his childhood, giving complete access to his wife, children, friends, and business associates.

21 Nights
By Prince

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called…

21 Nights by the Prince formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince. In a strikingly designed photographic essay that stems from Prince's unprecedented, record-breaking, sold out 21 concerts in 21 Nights at London's O2 Arena in 2007, 21 Nights — the first book by Prince and celebrated photographer Randee St. Nicholas — is a stunning multimedia volume offering a rare look into the life, lyrics, and mystique of one of the most prominent and prolific musicians of our time. As part of the multi-dimensional experience, it also includes "Indigo Night," a CD — available only with the book — capturing Prince's after-hours, live after-show sessions. This is how it must sound when doves cry.

And then some more…

Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life
By John Adams

This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women
By Jay Allison, Dan Gediman

Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich are Trying to Save the World
By Matthew Bishop, Michael Green

Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur
By Richard Branson

The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, Mothering, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way
By Diahann Carroll

The H. L. Hunley: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy
By Tom Chaffin

The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow
By Krystyna Chiger, Daniel Paiser

Dog Talk: Lessons Learned from a Life with Dogs
By Harrison Forbes, With Beth Adelman

Behind the Veil: Resistance, Women and the Everyday in Colonial South Asia
By Anindita Ghosh (Editor)

Reinventing Gravity: A Physicist Dares to Challenge Einstein
By John W. Moffat

Patriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now
By Peggy Noonan

Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph
By Alonzo Mourning, Dan Wetzel

An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action for the Twenty-first Century
By James Orbinski

Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson
By David S. Reynolds

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