Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix by Philip NormanWhat it is: a descriptive and engaging biography of legendary rock musician Jimi Hendrix.
Read it for: fresh insights from Hendrix's family and associates, including his brother Leon Hendrix and British model Linda Keith, who helped discover him.
Book buzz: Published to mark the 50th anniversary of Hendrix's death, this evocative latest from acclaimed rock biographer Philip Norman is an "entertaining, psychedelically tinged portrait" (Publishers Weekly).
The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives by Nancy Pearl & Jeff SchwagerWhat it is: a lively collection of interviews with 22 authors on the books that have touched their lives and influenced their careers.
What's inside: candid reflections from Michael Chabon, Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Louise Erdrich, T.C. Boyle, Susan Choi, and more.
Want a taste? "One of the best parts of talking about books with people...is discovering that you share a love of the same books."
Is This Anything? by Jerry SeinfeldWhat it is: a decade-by-decade collection of memorable bits from Jerry Seinfeld's 45-year comedy career.
Featuring: brief anecdotes on career highlights, including his first time going to a comedy club and his collaborations with Seinfeld co-creator Larry David.
Reviewers say: "essential reading for comedy fans, from a master of the form" (Publishers Weekly).
She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah SmarshWhat it's about: country superstar Dolly Parton's musical and cultural legacy.
What sets it apart: Heartland author Sarah Smarsh's thoughtful exploration of how Parton's music resonates with working-class women and folks from marginalized communities.
For fans of: NPR's Dolly Parton's America podcast, on which Smarsh appeared as an interviewee.
The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard BryantWhat it is: a thought-provoking exploration of sports activism and the roles Black athletes play in publicizing social justice initiatives.
Featuring: interviews with Colin Kaepernick, David Ortiz, Charles Barkley, and Chris Webber.
Further reading: Bob Schron's sweeping history Taking a Knee, Taking a Stand: African American Athletes and the Fight for Social Justice.
America's Game: The NFL at 100 by Jerry Rice and Randy O. WilliamsWhat it is: a spirited history of the first 100 years of the NFL, co-written by three-time Super Bowl champion Jerry Rice and sportswriter Randy O. Williams.
Why you might like it: This accessible history emulates the structure of a football game by dividing the century into quarters.
Try this next: NFL Century: The One-Hundred Year Rise of America's Greatest Sports League by Joe Horrigan.
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