"I have viewed everything with the eyes and ears of a journalist but the heart and soul of a fan."
~ from Alan Paul's One Way Out
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Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim GordonFounding member of Sonic Youth Kim Gordon tells her story in this elegiac memoir, which takes her from childhood to musical success and on through the end of both her marriage and the band. Identifying as an outsider, even in the music scene that Sonic Youth dominated, Gordon discusses her life in art and music, dropping expected names but also providing a story shadowed with sadness and loss. This is, says Booklist, a "remarkably astute and observant memoir and tale of finding one’s place in the world."
The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite... by Mary PilonIn the early 20th century, a single-tax proponent named Lizzie Magie created The Landlord Game, which was to become the basis of Monopoly after it was appropriated by out-of-work salesman Charles Darrow -- and he's long been credited as the inventor of the popular board game. This remarkable book combines social history, Quakers, lawsuits, and corporate greed into a fascinating tale that will appeal to a broad range of readers, from Monopoly players to fans of underdog stories.
So You've Been Publicly Shamed: A Journey Through the World of Public... by Jon RonsonIt happens frequently -- someone makes a bad decision in the public eye and is pilloried for it, as more and more people pile on in judgment. His interest piqued by a takeover of his Twitter account, journalist Jon Ronson dives deep into an exploration of human nature, technology, and humiliation via social media. Interviewing those famous for being shamed and those doing the shaming, Ronson discusses motivations, consequences, and recoveries. Readers interested in the dark side of social media will appreciate this witty, well-researched, and wide-ranging take on social humiliation.
The Sound of Music Story: How a Beguiling Young Novice, a Handsome Austrian... by Tom SantopietroPublished to coincide with the film's 50th anniversary, this celebration of the beloved Sound of Music is filled with insider accounts, direct quotes, trivia, and new interviews, including one with Johannes von Trapp. From nun's memoir to Broadway musical to a film that could have starred Angie Dickinson or Grace Kelly instead of relative unknown Julie Andrews, this richly detailed account of The Sound of Music is a must-read for fans.
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John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott EymanMarion "Duke" Morrison worked as a prop boy before he ever stepped in front of the camera as John Wayne, a name given him by a studio executive. He would do 80 films before his break in Stagecoach, working hard in all of them to learn every aspect of making a movie. Drawing on first-person interviews, this in-depth biography includes coverage of his early life with his difficult parents, his stormy marriages, and the films for which he's famous. "Insightful, exhaustive and engrossing," says Kirkus Reviews.
I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy GreerA successful actress with numerous television and motion picture roles to her credit, Judy Greer still finds that people approach her with no idea where they know her from. In this essay collection, she describes with humor and humility some of these interactions with fans and other various surprising, disappointing, and joyful experiences -- such as her Academy Awards appearance for The Descendants, when her dress unraveled. Leaving out the celebrity secrets often found in showbiz memoirs in favor of glimpses into the normalcy of her own life, I Don't Know What You Know Me From provides an engaging self-portrait of a working woman's life.
Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya KennedyPete Rose was an incredible, record-setting baseball player, but his unrepentant gambling led to banishment from the game and ineligibility for induction into the Hall of Fame. This biography -- which, thanks to its interest in moral questions, isn't just for baseball fans -- examines Pete Rose's life both pre- and post-banishment, and suggests that it may be time, in a post-steroids-scandal era, to re-examine Rose's legacy and exclusion from the Hall of Fame.
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan PaulHaving tracked the Allman Brothers Band for 25 years, author Alan Paul is well-situated for writing a major portrait of the legendary group. Described as an oral history, One Way Out draws on exclusive interviews and previously unpublished photographs to provide an entertaining and informative history of the band and its strengths, challenges, and various incarnations. Unbiased and comprehensive, this is a sure bet for fans.
Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom RobbinsThis is not your standard autobiography. But then again, novelist Tom Robbins is not, perhaps, your standard author. While it does cover what one might expect -- early years, influences, struggle for success -- it's primarily a roughly chronological collection of vignettes from Robbins' colorful, idiosyncratic life. Full of digressions, entertaining asides, and thoughtful reflections, Robbins' readers won't be disappointed by this peek into his imaginative and expansive mind.
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