One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together by Amy BassWhat it is: a timely and inspiring account of the 2015 Lewiston, Maine high school soccer season and its ethnically diverse team, many of whom were Somali refugees. The Somalis' impact on the town ruffled the feathers of town residents hesitant to accept its immigrant population.
Why you might like it: Author Amy Bass portrays Lewiston as a microcosm of America, movingly depicting a town struggling to overcome its prejudiced views and the coach who put aside his own preconceived notions about his players to help bridge a divided community.
Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure by Amy KaufmanWhat it's about: In this dishy exposé, Amy Kaufman peeks behind the curtain of long-running reality show The Bachelor, interviewing former contestants and profiling the show's manipulative producers. Commentary from celebrity fans like Amy Schumer and Donnie Wahlberg is interspersed throughout.
About the author: Los Angeles Times entertainment reporter Kaufman is a longtime fan of the show who has hosted viewing parties and written weekly recaps, though ABC banned her from press calls for coverage deemed too negative.
Is it for you? Fans of the show -- whether conflicted or unabashed in their admiration for it -- will appreciate Kaufman's fun, fascinating perspective.
My Days: Happy and Otherwise by Marion Ross with David Laurell What it is: a revealing memoir by Happy Days actress Marion Ross ("Mrs. C") recalling her hardscrabble Minnesota childhood, her early career as a Hollywood outsider (her contract at Paramount wasn't renewed), and her ultimate success in television, eventually attaining status as one of the most beloved TV moms.
Read it for: Ross' warmth and optimism, much like that of her Happy Days character; insightful interviews with her castmates.
Reviewers say: "This book will please fans with its down-to-earth account of the dedicated actress behind an adored character" (Publishers Weekly).
Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 by David BrowneWhat it's about: 1970 marked a crucial moment in rock music history, underscoring the cultural fractures of a disillusioned America. The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young all released their final albums; the release of James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James signaled a shift to a gentler sound that would dominate the genre in the decade to come.
What sets it apart: David Browne's use of rare documents and recordings re-contextualizes a turning point in music history.
Captain Fantastic : Elton John's stellar trip through the '70s
by Tom Doyle
Draws on first-person interviews to trace the iconic rock artist's meteoric rise in the 1970s, documenting his significant achievements and the private struggles that led to his suicide attempts and temporary retirement. By the author of Man on the Run.
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