Biography and Autobiography
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
Killing Yourself to Live
85% of a True Story
Paperback      ISBN: 0743264460
The author recounts his more than 6,500-mile journey across America, during which he visited the sites of famous rock star deaths and experienced philosophical changes of perspective.
The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland
The Senator Next Door
A Memoir from the Heartland
Hardcover      ISBN: 1627794174
Minnesota's senior U.S. senator describes her middle-class suburban life and rise through politics to become the first woman elected to the Senate from her state as well as her role as lead advocate for guaranteeing moms and newborns longer hospital stays.
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-to Guide
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered
The Definitive How-to Guide
Hardcover      ISBN: 1250178959
A dual memoir by the hosts of the My Favorite Murder podcast share never-before-heard stories about their battles with depression, eating disorders and addiction, as well as insights into the cultural forces that prevent people from being their own advocates. Illustrations.
White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic
White Eskimo
Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic
Hardcover      ISBN: 0306822822
Documents explorer Knud Rasmussen's life-risking three-year dogsled journey from Greenland to Alaska to determine the common origins of circumpolar populations, commending his triumphant role in introducing previously impenetrable Arctic cultures to the rest of the world.
The Wordsmiths: Oscar Hammerstein 2nd and Alan Jay Lerner
The Wordsmiths
Oscar Hammerstein 2nd and Alan Jay Lerner
Paperback      ISBN: 1480386480
Uses previously unpublished manuscripts, lyrics, letters, and interviews to present a dual biography of the two giants from different worlds who revolutionized American musical theater.
The Empathy Exams: Essays
The Empathy Exams
Paperback      ISBN: 1555976719
From personal loss to phantom diseases, a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014 Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others’—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory—from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration—in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
A Memoir of (My) Body
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062362593
The best-selling author of Bad Feminist presents a searingly frank memoir of food, weight, self-image and learning how to feed one's hunger in healthy ways, drawing on the popular essays of her long-running Tumblr blog to illuminate the challenges of navigating the boundaries between self-comfort and self-care. 100,000 first printing.
Pretend You're in a War: The Who and the Sixties
Pretend You're in a War
The Who and the Sixties
Paperback      ISBN: 178131523x
"A definitive tome for both Who fans and newcomers alike" - Q Magazine Pete Townshend was once asked how he prepared himself for The Who's violent live performances. His answer? 'Pretend you're in a war.' For a band as prone to furious infighting as it was notorious for acts of 'auto-destructive art' this could have served as a motto. Between 1964 and 1969 The Who released some of the most dramatic and confrontational music of the decade, including 'I Can't Explain', 'My Generation' and 'I Can See For Miles'. This was a body of work driven by bitter rivalry, black humour and dark childhood secrets, but it also held up a mirror to a society in transition. Now, acclaimed rock biographer Mark Blake goes in search of its inspiration to present a unique perspective on both The Who and the sixties. From their breakthrough as Mod figureheads to the rise and fall of psychedelia, he reveals how The Who, in their explorations of sex, drugs, spirituality and class, refracted the growing turbulence of the time. He also lays bare the colourful but crucial role played by their managers, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. And - in the uneasy alliance between art-school experimentation and working-class ambition - he locates the motor of the Swinging Sixties. As the decade closed, with The Who performing Tommy in front of 500,000 people at the Woodstock Festival, the 'rock opera' was born. In retrospect, it was the crowning achievement of a band who had already embraced pop art and the concept album; who had pioneered the power chord and the guitar smash; and who had embodied - more so than any of their peers - the guiding spirit of the age: war.
Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
Reckless Daughter
A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
Hardcover      ISBN: 1443444812
NATIONAL BESTSELLER "She was like a storm." ―Leonard Cohen "The definitive biography of a gifted songwriter and musician." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) With an inimitable sound and unmistakable voice, Joni Mitchell is one of the most iconic performers and storytellers of any generation. Reckless Daughter tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blonde girl from Saskatchewan with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences around the world. In this intimate biography, composed of dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters that includes Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and David Crosby, David Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs―from Mitchell’s youth in Canada, her pre-vaccine bout with polio at age nine, her early marriage, and the child she gave up for adoption, through the quintessential love affairs that inspired masterpieces, and up to the present―and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends. Drawing on musical expertise and a reverence for and deep understanding of Mitchell’s work, Yaffe offers insightful analyses of her famous lyrics, exploring their imagery, their style, and their reflection of the woman herself. A Canadian prairie girl, a free-spirited artist, Mitchell never wanted to be a pop star. She was nothing more than “a painter derailed by circumstances,” she would explain. And yet, she went on to become a talented self-taught musician and a brilliant band leader, releasing album after album, each distinctly experimental, challenging, and revealing. Her lyrics captivated listeners with their poignant, perceptive language and naked emotion, born out of Mitchell’s life, loves, complaints, and prophecies. As an artist whose work deftly balances narrative and musical complexity, she was admired by such legendary lyricists as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and was a beloved collaborator of jazz musicians Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock, among others. Her hits—from “Big Yellow Taxi” to “Both Sides, Now” to “A Case of You”—endure as timeless favorites. Mitchell’s influence on the generations of singer-songwriters who would follow her is undeniable. Reckless Daughter is the story of Joni Mitchell, and of the fertile, exciting musical time of which she was an integral part. It is the story of an artist and an era that have left an indelible mark on our music and our culture.
Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
Reckless Daughter
A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
Paperback      ISBN: 0374538069
"She was like a storm."