Biography and Autobiography
The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan
Paperback ISBN: 1619021056
This comprehensive biography of the author of Trout Fishing in America and A Confederate General from Big Sur portrays his career among the Beats in 1950s San Francisco to the Hippies in the 1960s to his abrubt suicide in 1984.
The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
Hardcover ISBN: 0062748203
Presents a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last “Black Cargo
The Brothers Vonnegut
Science and Fiction in the House of Magic
Paperback ISBN: 0374536538
"Worlds collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut In the mid-1950s, Kurt Vonnegut takes a job in the PR department at General Electric in Schenectady, where his older brother, Bernard, is a leadingscientist in its research lab--or "House of Magic." Kurt has ambitions as a novelist, and Bernard is working on a series of cutting-edge weather-control experiments meant to make deserts bloom and farmers flourish. While Kurt writes zippy press releases, Bernard builds silver-iodide generators and attacks clouds with dry ice. His experiments attract the attention of the government; weather proved a decisive factor in World War II, and if the military can control the clouds, fog, and snow, they can fly more bombing missions. Maybe weather will even be--as a headline in American Magazine calls it--"The New Super Weapon." But when the army takes charge of his cloudseeding project (dubbed Project Cirrus), Bernard begins to have misgivings about the use of his inventions for harm, not to mention the evidence that they are causing alarming changes in the atmosphere. In a fascinating cultural history, Ginger Strand chronicles the intersection of these brothers' lives at a time when the possibilities of science seemed infinite. As the Cold War looms, Bernard's struggle for integrity plays out in Kurt's evolving writing style. The Brothers Vonnegut reveals how science's ability to influence the natural world also influenced one of our most inventive novelists"--
An American Memoir
Hardcover ISBN: 1501125656
With charged intellect and piercing candor, provocative essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon shares his experiences of growing up with racial prejudice and violence both within his own family and in the culture at large. Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, he filters his personal stories through the full power of his impressive intellect to reflect on American society. But one issue has always evaded his penetrating self-reflection—and that was his own abuse, a subject that brought feelings of shame and humiliation. Now he opens himself to this past, confronts these painful memories, and asks us to consider our shared memories as an abusive nation. In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body—and the collective body of the Black community. He also chronicles his attempt to lose 100 pounds, an effort at which he fails. He speaks to his two aunts, his grandmother, his mother, his father, his mother’s ex-boyfriend, and the two women who sexually abused him, as well as to his friends, whose abuse he witnessed, about their relationship with violence, race, trauma, gender, and food. A personal story that illuminates national issues, Heavy is defiant yet vulnerable, an insightful exploration that begins with a heartbreaking story of innocence taken—and continues through twenty-five years of repeated, haunting implosions, and long reverberations.
In the Darkroom
Paperback ISBN: 125013269x
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age. In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things--obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness.
Travels in Twenty-First-Century Music and Digital Culture
Paperback ISBN: 0374533423
Describes how the then-unknown DJ author's 2001 creation of the one-hour mix Gold Teeth Thief launched him into international fame and established him as a figure in the new millennium's fledgling globalized digital art world at the side of such industry pioneers as M.I.A. and Pirate Bay. Original.
Bass Player Presents the Funky Bass Book
Paperback ISBN: 0879309946
This is the ultimate collection of funked-up wisdom and inspiration, from the grooving pioneers of R and B, soul, and funk to the flame-tending funkateers of hip-hop, neo-soul, and gospel. With interviews and analyses from both groundbreaking old-school innovators and ongoing revolutionaries - players like Larry Graham, Anthony Jackson, Chuck Rainey, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Andrew Gouche - here are the secrets of how the masters take a groove and make it funky. From the early days of James Brown and Motown through the session players of Stax, Muscle Shoals, and Philly soul, The Funky Bass Book digs deep into the grooves that have moved generations, illuminating what lies at the heart of funk.