American Shield: The Immigrant Sergeant Who Defended Democracy by Aquilino Gonell and Susan ShapiroIraq War veteran and former United States Capitol Police officer Aquilino Gonell affectingly recounts his experiences during the January 6, 2021 insurrection, detailing how his injuries sustained from the attacks ended his law enforcement career and later spurred him to publicly testify at the January 6 Select Committee investigation. Try this next: Standing My Ground: A Capitol Police Officer's Fight for Accountability and Good Trouble After January 6th by Harry Dunn.
Mother, Nature: A 5,000-Mile Journey to Discover if a Mother and Son Can Survive... by Jedidiah JenkinsDecades after his parents, Peter and Barbara, famously walked across America (which they chronicled in their 1981 book The Walk West), Jedidiah Jenkins traveled the same route by car, with Barbara along for the ride. Throughout the journey, the two reckoned with their fraught relationship, their conflicting political views, and Barbara's rejection of Jedidiah's sexuality. Try this next: Oh My Mother! A Memoir in Nine Adventures by Connie Wang.
Elvis and the Colonel: An Insider's Look at the Most Legendary Partnership in Show Business by Greg McDonald and Marshall TerrillThis nuanced and illuminating biography of business manager Colonel Tom Parker (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk) offers fresh insights on the relationship between Parker and his superstar client, Elvis Presley. For fans of: The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley by Alanna Nash; Elvis and Me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley.
The Old Gays Guide to the Good Life: Lessons Learned About Love and Death, Sex and Sin... by Mick Peterson, Bill Lyons, Robert Reeves, and Jessay MartinBeloved TikTok sensation @theoldgays dish on life, love, and social media stardom in this upbeat and irreverent blend of memoir and guidebook that "celebrates making the most of life at any age" (Publishers Weekly). For fans of: How Y'all Doing? Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived by Leslie Jordan.
The Race to Be Myself by Caster SemenyaRunner and two-time Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya's moving debut chronicles the aftermath of her win at the 2009 world championships, when she was unknowingly subjected to sex verification tests and intense media scrutiny about her gender -- which continues to this day. Further reading: Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes by Joanna Harper.
Becoming Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Transformed American Song by Judith TickMusic historian Judith Tick's comprehensive and well-researched biography of trailblazing jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald utilizes concert footage, interviews, and rare archival materials to offer an insightful portrait of the "First Lady of Song." Try this next: Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan by Elaine M. Hayes.
The Path to Paradise: A Francis Ford Coppola Story by Sam WassonEntertainment writer Sam Wesson's episodic and nonlinear biography of Francis Ford Coppola offers an inventive peek into the legendary film director's creative process and the evolution of his production company, American Zoetrope. For fans of: Chasing the Light by Oliver Stone.
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