Six months shy of retirement and on a family vacation in Mexico, Jim Linnell steps off the porch of a rented guest house and breaks his neck. He is medevaced to his hometown hospital in Albuquerque and from there to a spinal cord injury hospital in Denver, where he learns he may live the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. This book portrays a man reclaiming his life from catastrophe--it is a book of exemplary courage.
An unstinting account of the guitar legend’s life and career draws on firsthand insights from family members and loved ones to discuss topics ranging from Vaughan’s creative endeavors and battles with addiction to his tumultuous marriage and fatal helicopter crash. Illustrations.
An award-winning journalist explores the consequences of obsessive addiction through his experiences as an amateur chess enthusiast, revealing how the game consumed his life, compelling two years of international travels in search of grandmaster challenges.
Describes the author’s upbringing in a New Orleans East shotgun house as the unruly 13th child of a widowed mother, tracing a century of family history and the impact of class, race and Hurricane Katrina on her sense of identity.
The award-winning author of The Medici traces the story of the infamous Borgia family against a backdrop of a thriving Renaissance period, examining the paradoxes that surrounded the family and the role of corruption in establishing their legacy. Illustrations.
The New Yorker veteran and author of Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder draws on decades of friendship to trace the lesser-known early story of the brilliant neurologist and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Illustrations.