Category: Biography

Believer

Penguin Press | February 10, 2015 | 416 pages
David Axelrod has always been a believer. Whether as a young journalist investigating city corruption, a campaign consultant guiding underdog candidates against entrenched orthodoxy, or as senior adviser to the president during one of the worst crises in American history, Axelrod held fast to his... More Info

Waiting for the Man

February 5, 2015 | 288 pages
“All the books about me are bullshit except Jeremy’s.” —Lou Reed Lou Reed influenced generations of copyists that took note of his outlaw status, ambiguous sexual orientation characterized by his seventies relation­ship with the transvestite Rachel, his implacable mystique, and his cool... More Info
$32.95

The B-Side

Riverhead Books (Hardcover) | January 22, 2015 | 304 pages
An acclaimed cultural historian—drawing on previously untapped archival sources and a vast array of interviews with such voices as Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt and Herb Alpert—presents a fascinating social history of the Great American Songwriting Era.  More Info
$18.99

Dear Leader

Atria / 37 Ink | January 27, 2015 | 368 pages
THE STORY THEY COULDN'T HACK: In this international bestseller, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom. As North Korea’s State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions... More Info
$34.00

88 Days to Kandahar

Simon & Schuster | January 27, 2015 | 464 pages
The First American-Afghan War, a CIA war, was approved by President George W. Bush and directed by the author, Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad. Forging separate alliances with warlords, Taliban dissidents, and Pakistani Intelligence, Grenier launched the “southern campaign,”... More Info
$33.00

The Young T. E. Lawrence

W. W. Norton | January 26, 2015 | 336 pages
An intimate biography of the years that turned T. E. Lawrence into Lawrence of Arabia.  More Info
$18.99

Promise Land

Simon & Schuster | January 20, 2015 | 240 pages
“A funny yet surprisingly nuanced look at the legends and ideas of the self-help industry” (People, 3.5 stars), Promise Land explores the American devotion to self-improvement—even as the author attempts some deeply personal improvements of her own. Raised by a child psychologist who was... More Info
$31.00

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

W. W. Norton | January 19, 2015 | 336 pages
A woman describes her journey visiting Zen priests and performing rituals after the death of both her Japanese grandfather and her American father and her inability to bury them at her family's Buddhist temple in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  More Info

Dispatches from the Front

McClelland & Stewart Limited | November 1, 2014 | 344 pages
Originally a reporter for the Toronto Star, Matt Halton, as Senior War Correspondent for the CBC during the Second World War, reported from the front lines in Italy and Northwest Europe, and became 'the voice of Canada at war.' His reports were at times tender and sad and other times shocking and... More Info
$31.00

The Radical King

Beacon Press (MA) | January 13, 2015 | 320 pages
Features more than 20 works, organized by theme, by the celebrated orator and civil rights champion that highlight his revolutionary vision as a democratic socialist, his opposition to the Vietnam War, his solidarity with the poor and his fight against global imperialism.  More Info
$56.50

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg

Touchstone | January 13, 2015 | 416 pages
The inside story behind one of the most revered bands in music history during the early days of punk rock in New York, from legendary drummer Marky Ramone. Rolling Stone ranked the Ramones at #26 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” They received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement... More Info

Learning to Like Muktuk

November 1, 2014 | 192 pages
When Penelope Easton, a Second World War veteran with a Masters in Public Health, embarked on a journey to post-war territorial Alaska to serve as a dietitian for the Alaskan Health Department, she could not anticipate the stricken conditions she would find. Fascinated by the glorious and unique... More Info
$20.95

If Only You People Could Follow Directions

Counterpoint | January 13, 2015 | 256 pages
If Only You People Could Follow Directions is a spellbinding debut that reimagines the memoir in Jessica Hendry Nelson’s thoroughly original voice. In these linked essays, Nelson’s fearless writing and hypnotic storytelling centers on the story of three people: Nelson’s mother susan, her... More Info

Around the World on Minimum Wage

October 30, 2014 | 256 pages
An exciting travel adventure, as the author explores darkest Scotland, equatorial Africa, remote Tibet, rainsoaked Tofino, and inner Struthers. Victoria film maker and writer Andrew Struthers borrows the language and visual layout of the Victorian travelogue to tell his own tale in Around the World... More Info

Demonic to the Divine

October 1, 2014 | 224 pages
"Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin is a weaving of the Montreal writer’s stories and selected diary excerpts and family photographs revealing a far-reaching creative personality who is haunted from the age of ten by the “moods taking over”. This book poignantly illuminates... More Info
$49.95

José Martí

University of Texas Press | November 1, 2014 | 426 pages
José Martí (1853–1895) was the founding hero of Cuban independence. In all of modern Latin American history, arguably only the “Great Liberator” Simón Bolívar rivals Martí in stature and legacy. Beyond his accomplishments as a revolutionary and political thinker, Martí was a giant of... More Info
$32.95

So Anyway

November 4, 2014 | 400 pages
John Cleese's huge comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp irreverent eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers, and beyond now seem written into comedy's DNA. In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway..., Cleese takes readers on... More Info

Let's Go Crazy

Atria Books | December 9, 2014 | 304 pages
From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called “thoughtful and illuminating” by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming-to-be of Prince’s now legendary album. Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film—each one a commercial success... More Info

Hand to Mouth

Amy Einhorn Books | October 2, 2014 | 195 pages
A first book by a widely read, controversial essayist on poverty profiles the realities of the working poor in America and why poor people make decisions that are popularly criticized. 40,000 first printing. Tour.  More Info
$32.95

Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird

Redefining Realness

Atria Books | December 2, 2014 | 288 pages
In this New York Times bestseller—the first transgender memoir written by an African American—an extraordinary young woman recounts her coming-of-age. “Undercurrents of strong emotion swirl throughout this well-written book…An enlightening, much-needed perspective on transgender identity”... More Info
$16.99

An Act of Love One Woman's Remarkable Life Story and Her Fight for the Right to Die W

September 4, 2014 | 304 pages
Marie Fleming became a household name in Ireland with her trail-blazing campaign for the right to die with dignity, when she took a landmark case against the Irish State to lift the ban on assisted suicide. But behind the Multiple Sclerosis sufferer's brave fight lay a remarkable life story known... More Info

Where I Belong

Doubleday of Canada | October 14, 2014 | 336 pages
From the lead singer of the band Great Big Sea comes a lyrical and captivating musical memoir about growing up in the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, and then taking to the world stage. Singer-songwriter and front man of the great Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is also... More Info

Teresa, My Love

November 25, 2014 | 624 pages
Mixing fiction, history, psychoanalysis, and personal fantasy, Teresa, My Love follows Sylvia Leclercq, a French psychoanalyst, academic, and incurable insomniac, as she falls for the sixteenth-century Saint Teresa of Avila and becomes consumed with charting her life. Traveling to Spain, Leclercq,... More Info
$20.00

Field Notes from Elsewhere

Columbia University Press | October 7, 2014 | 288 pages
In the fall of 2005, Mark C. Taylor, the controversial public intellectual and widely respected scholar, suddenly fell critically ill. For two days a team of forty doctors, many of whom thought he would not live, fought to save him. Taylor would eventually recover, but only to face a new threat:... More Info

A Modern Marriage

Gallery Books | November 18, 2014 | 288 pages
In this candid memoir about a marriage that risked everything to emerge stronger than ever, one couple takes us outside the bounds of monogamy and into one of the most fascinating and secretive subcultures in the nation—swinging. With fifteen million strong worldwide, swingers are everywhere—a... More Info

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In

Dey Street Books | November 18, 2014 | 272 pages
Champion. Survivor. Hero. Legend. Completed just two days before Louis Zamperini's death at age 97, Don't Give Up, Don't Give In shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from one of America's most inspiring lives. Zamperini's story has touched millions through Laura Hillenbrand's biography... More Info
$36.99

Kinds of Winter

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | November 3, 2014 | 276 pages
“This is a wonderful book, telling the story of four incredible journeys by a remarkable man.” – Kathleen Coskran, author of The High Price of Everything After a fifteen-year career as a sled dog racer, musher Dave Olesen turned his focus away from competition and set out to fulfill a... More Info

In the Unlikeliest of Places

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | July 18, 2014 | 280 pages
“I was born in 1909 in Lodz, but my passport says Przedborz ...” He stopped suddenly and searched for a button. “Ach, I forgot to explain this,” he said utterly frustrated, then pushed the wrong button and erased what he had just recorded. “Shayze!” An uncharacteristic curse escaped his... More Info

The Filthy Truth

Touchstone | November 11, 2014 | 352 pages
From Andrew Dice Clay, the “Undisputed Heavyweight Comedy King,” comes the unapologetic and uncensored autobiography fans have been waiting for. Andrew Dice Clay’s raw stand-up delivery has shocked and entertained audiences for decades and continues to do so to this day. When he released his... More Info

The Wild Truth

HarperOne | November 11, 2014 | 304 pages
In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaska wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over twenty years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey—until... More Info
$46.00

Stalin

Penguin Press | November 6, 2014 | 976 pages
An extensively researched portrait of the Soviet dictator covers his rise from humble origins, the inner power structure of the Bolshevik regime, and the early formation of Stalin's fabricated trial process.  More Info
$26.99

The Churchill Factor

Hodder & Stoughton | October 23, 2014 | 352 pages
'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.' Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking... More Info
$33.00

The Universal Tone

Little, Brown | November 4, 2014 | 544 pages
The intimate and long-awaited autobiography of a legend In 1967 in San Francisco, just a few weeks after the Summer of Love, a young Mexican guitarist took the stage at the Fillmore Auditorium and played a blistering solo that announced the arrival of a prodigious musical talent. Two years later --... More Info

Johnny Cash

Back Bay Books | November 4, 2014 | 688 pages
The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." -- Rolling Stone In this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical superstar. Johnny Cash's extraordinary... More Info
$33.50

I Must Say HCC

Harper | November 4, 2014 | 320 pages
In this engaging memoir, written with heart, wisdom, and a huge helping of hilarity, Martin Short shares stories of his life, revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became the "comedian's comedian" (Vanity Fair) Martin Short is one of few celebrities in show business who... More Info

The Temporary Bride

Abacus | September 4, 2014 | 240 pages
A relationship was a mathematical formula: the correct variables of age, beauty, morality and finances were entered and the output was a successful, peaceful marriage. It couldn't be, therefore, that their Iranian son could feel desire for someone six years his senior, someone who didn't come to... More Info

Pacing the Cage

HarperCollins Canada | November 1, 2014 | 544 pages
Cockburn's life has been shaped by politics, protest, romance and spiritual discovery. For more than five decades he has toured the globe, visiting such far-flung places as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique, Afghanistan and Nepal, performing and speaking out on diverse issues, from native rights and land... More Info

Unsinkable

November 4, 2014 | 304 pages
A surprising and inspiring story of courage, perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit. Just ten weeks before the 1992 Olympic Games, Silken Laumann, the reigning world champion in single sculls rowing, suffered a brutal accident that left her right leg shattered and useless. Doctors doubted... More Info

Beijing Bastard

Gotham | October 30, 2014 | 352 pages
A humorous and moving coming-of-age story that brings a unique, not-quite-outsider’s perspective to China’s shift from ancient empire to modern superpower Raised in a strict Chinese-American household in the suburbs, Val Wang dutifully got good grades, took piano lessons, and performed in a... More Info

Yes Please

October 28, 2014 | 288 pages
The eagerly anticipated first book from Amy Poehler, the Golden Globe winning star of Parks and Recreation, goes on sale October 2014.  More Info

Respect

Little, Brown | October 28, 2014 | 528 pages
The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz. Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and... More Info

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

Harper | October 28, 2014 | 512 pages
The greatest Southern storyteller of our time, New York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg, tracks down the greatest rock and roller of all time, Jerry Lee Lewis—and gets his own story, from the source, for the very first time.  More Info
$27.95

Worldly Philosopher

January 1, 2014 | 760 pages
Worldly Philosopher chronicles the times and writings of Albert O. Hirschman, one of the twentieth century's most original and provocative thinkers. In this gripping biography, Jeremy Adelman tells the story of a man shaped by modern horrors and hopes, a worldly intellectual who fought for and... More Info

Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?

Atria Books | October 21, 2014 | 400 pages
The long-awaited memoir from one of the greatest bandleaders, hit makers, and most influential pop artists of our time—known for over forty R&B hit singles—George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic. George Clinton began his musical career in New Jersey, where his obsession with doo-wop and... More Info
$18.99

40 Chances

Simon & Schuster | October 21, 2014 | 464 pages
With a foreword by Warren Buffett, 40 Chances is an “inspiring manifesto…both an informative guidebook and a catalyst for igniting real changes” (Booklist) in the struggle against world hunger. If someone granted you $3 billion to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? In... More Info

The Republic of Imagination

Viking Adult | October 21, 2014 | 352 pages
The best-selling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran presents an impassioned tribute to the importance of fiction to democracy that blends memoir with close readings of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. 100,000 first printing.  More Info
$37.00

Special Deluxe

Blue Rider Press | October 7, 2014 | 384 pages
From Neil Young, the iconic musician and New York Times–bestselling author of Waging Heavy Peace, a second installment of his memoirs.  More Info

Vita

William Collins | October 7, 2014 | 416 pages
Aristocrat, literary celebrity, 'Rose Queen', devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast - Vita Sackville-West was many things, but she was never straightforward. Her life is re-told here in a dazzling new biography. In this stunning new biography of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison traces the... More Info

Furious Cool

Algonquin Books | October 21, 2014 | 320 pages
Provides a rare glimpse into the life of an outrageously human, fearlessly black, openly angry and profanely outspoken comedic genius whose humble beginnings as the child of a prostitute helped shaped him into one of the most influential and outstanding performers of our time.  More Info

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