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New biographies at DL Library

'A Difficult Woman' is one of many biographies available at the Detroit Lakes Library. Submitted Photo

Whether you're working on a homework assignment or just like reading biographies, your library has a number of newly released works on the shelves.

"Booklist Online," which is posted by the American Library Association, features "Top 10 Biographies: 2012."

This list includes: "Barack Obama: The Story," by David Maraniss, "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman," by Robert K. Massie, "George F. Kennan: An American Life," by John Lewis Gaddis, and "John Huston: Courage and Art," by Jeffrey Meyers.

All of these biographies (along with those highlighted below) can be found at your library.

"A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman," by Alice Kessler-


Lillian Hellman was a giant of twentieth-century letters and a groundbreaking figure as one of the most successful female playwrights on Broadway. Yet the author of "The Little Foxes" and "Toys in the Attic" is today remembered more as a toxic, bitter survivor and literary fabulist, the woman of whom Mary McCarthy said, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'"

"Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times," by Cynthia A. Kierner.

As the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) was extremely well educated, traveled in the circles of presidents and aristocrats, and was known on two continents for her particular grace and sincerity. Yet, as

mistress of a large household, she was not spared the tedium, frustration, and great sorrow that most women of her time faced.

Though Patsy's name is familiar because of her famous father, Kierner is the first historian to place Patsy at the center of her own story, taking readers into the largely ignored private spaces of the founding era.

Randolph's life story reveals the privileges and limits of celebrity and shows that women were able to venture beyond their domestic roles in surprising ways.

DL Library Happenings

• Wednesday, Oct. 3: Arts Midwest World Fest performers, Cudamani, 3:30 p.m.

Members of the Cudamani performance group from Indonesia, who are visiting this week as part of the Arts Midwest World Fest Tour, will share some of their Balinese culture, costuming, dance and music at the Detroit Lakes Library. Free and open to the public.

• Thursday, Oct. 4: Teen Book Discussion, 3:45 p.m., La Barista.

Meet at La Barista for a coffee or latte, and discuss the community read book "The Giver" by Lois Lowry.

Ask for your free copy (while they last) at the Detroit Lakes Library!

• Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 6: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

Library Hours

Regular hours for the Detroit Lakes Library are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. For more information, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the library at 1000 Washington Ave.