Biography and Autobiography
Mom & Me & Mom
Hardcover ISBN: 1400066115
The celebrated author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings shares the intimate story of her relationship with her mother, a first black woman officer in the Merchant Marines and a purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, relating the events that prompted her mother to send young Angela away and the complicated fallout that shaped their family life. 150,000 first printing.
A Family Tragicomic
Paperback ISBN: 0618871713
An unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family's Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. Reprint.
Georgia O'Keeffe at Home
Hardcover ISBN: 0711239037
"When I got to New Mexico that was mine. As soon as I saw it that was my country.” Beginning with her teaching career in Texas, through her time in New York City and Lake George, and ending at her two desert ranches in New Mexico, this sumptuous life history explores the influence of the various landscapes and cities inhabited by Georgia O'Keeffe on her life and artwork. Fully illustrated throughout, the book features Georgia's own drawings and paintings together with archival imagery of her houses, friends and family – many of the photographs taken my notable contemporaries, including her husband Alfred Stieglitz – from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Georgia O'Keeffe at Home is a fascinating glimpse into the world of one of the most significant and intriguing artists of the twentieth century.
How to fall in love with anyone
A memoir in essays
Paperback ISBN: 150113745x
“A beautifully written and well-researched cultural criticism as well as an honest memoir” (Los Angeles Review of Books) from the author of the popular New York Times essay, “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This,” explores the romantic myths we create and explains how they limit our ability to achieve and sustain intimacy. What really makes love last? Does love ever work the way we say it does in movies and books and Facebook posts? Or does obsessing over those love stories hurt our real-life relationships? When her parents divorced after a twenty-eight year marriage and her own ten-year relationship ended, those were the questions that Mandy Len Catron wanted to answer. In a series of candid, vulnerable, and wise essays that takes a closer look at what it means to love someone, be loved, and how we present our love to the world, “Catron melds science and emotion beautifully into a thoughtful and thought-provoking meditation” (Bookpage). She delves back to 1944, when her grandparents met in a coal mining town in Appalachia, to her own dating life as a professor in Vancouver. She uses biologists’ research into dopamine triggers to ask whether the need to love is an innate human drive. She uses literary theory to show why we prefer certain kinds of love stories. She urges us to question the unwritten scripts we follow in relationships and looks into where those scripts come from. And she tells the story of how she decided to test an experiment that she’d read about—where the goal was to create intimacy between strangers using a list of thirty-six questions—and ended up in the surreal situation of having millions of people following her brand-new relationship. “Perfect fodder for the romantic and the cynic in all of us” (Booklist), How to Fall in Love with Anyone flips the script on love. “Clear-eyed and full of heart, it is mandatory reading for anyone coping with—or curious about—the challenges of contemporary courtship” (The Toronto Star).
Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope.
Paperback ISBN: 0802148301
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement
Burn the Place
Hardcover ISBN: 1572842679
The self-taught chef and owner of two Michelin-starred restaurants describes her life-long connection with food and the earth while growing up on her family's small Indiana farm, and how she worked her way up in an underground supper club.
Presidential Historians on the Lives of 45 Iconic American Women
Paperback ISBN: 1610397177
A look inside the personal life of every first lady in American history, based on original interviews with major historians C-SPAN's yearlong history series, First Ladies: Influence and Image, featured interviews with more than fifty preeminent historians and biographers. In this informative book, these experts paint intimate portraits of all forty-five first ladiestheir lives, ambitions, and unique partnerships with their presidential spouses. Susan Swain and the C-SPAN team elicit the details that made these women who they were: how Martha Washington intentionally set the standards followed by first ladies for the next century; how Edith Wilson was complicit in the cover-up when President Wilson became incapacitated after a stroke; and how Mamie Eisenhower used the new medium of television to reinforce her, and her husband's, positive public images. This book provides an up-close historical look at these fascinating women who survived the scrutiny of the White House, sometimes at great personal cost, while supporting their families and famous husbandsand sometimes changing history. Complete with illustrations and essential biographical details, it is an illuminating, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring read.
Life in Motion
An Unlikely Ballerina
Paperback ISBN: 1476737991
Documents the author's emotionally dynamic effort to become the third African-American soloist in the history of the American Ballet Theatre, describing the harsh family difficulties she overcame including her mother's highly publicized custody battle to halt her career.