Biographies

Scan artist: how evelyn wood convinced the world that speed-reading worked

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"A great tale of American hucksterism." 

Jonathan Alter, author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

Broken Glory: the final years of robert f. kennedy

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A graphic history told in epic verse of Bobby Kennedy's life leading up to the fateful 1968 election campaign. 

Hank: The Short Life & Long Country Road of Hank Williams

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 “A compassionate yet clear-eyed study of the iconic country star.”
David Kirby, Washington Post 

Sweet Dreams & Flying Machines: The Life & Music of James Taylor

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"Ribowsky is especially effective weaving  Taylor's career into the complex story of the music industry's evolution." 

The Washington Post 

A Stranger Among Saints: Stephen Hopkins, the Man Who Survived Jamestown and Saved Plymouth

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  Without Stephen Hopkins, the Pilgrims would not likely have lasted through that brutal first year at Jamestown.  

david lynch: The man from another place

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"The last word on Lynch!"

Guy Maddin, filmmaker of My Winnipeg


Biographies

whiskey bottles & brand new cars: The Fast Life & Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd

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 “Mark Ribowsky has written one king hell of a book about one king hell of a band. Buy that man a drink!” 

Mick Wall, author of When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin 

the family

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“The closest to the whole truth about Manson we will ever know... magnificent and incredibly perceptive... a masterpiece.”

Boston Phoenix

oil man: The Story Of Frank Phillips & The Birth Of Phillips Petroleum

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 "A masterful account of the man and the shaping of Oklahoma's largest corporation. The book is superior." 

The Daily Oklahoman 

Dreams to remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, & the Transformation of Southern Soul

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 "Excellent from start to finish, demanding a soundtrack of Stax hits as background listening." 

Kirkus Reviews 

pope francis: why he leads the way he leads

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"Deeply philosophical and immensely practical. [This book] is suited for those steeped in Catholic faith and those with no faith formation at all. It is timeless and completely relevant for our modern age."

Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team 

the last cowboy: a life of tom landry

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 “Ribowsky’s thorough examination of a surprisingly complicated man offers original reporting… An eloquent, honest tribute to a football genius.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review) 


Biographies

hopper: a journey into the american dream

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“Fortunately for him, Dennis Hopper has gotten the biographer he deserves. Which is to say, Folsom’s gonzo prose pulsates with Hopper’s manic energy and fits his madness like a glove.”

Peter Biskind, NYT bestselling author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

who was dracula?: Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood

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 “A fantastic, well-documented story.” 

Library Journal (starred review) 

Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, & the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History

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"Denver Nicks has written a page-turner that reads like a cyber-thriller."
Ned Sublette, author of The World That Made New Orleans 

mickey cohen: the life & crimes of l.a.'s notorious mobster

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 "Mickey Cohen got a lot of good breaks in his wild ride of a life, and here comes another: Tere Tereba gives the gangster the biography he has long deserved—an intense, straight-shooting, rocket-fast read, full of gossip, gore, and great research."
Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone 

jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue

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"Nobody’s ever told the story betterJagger might be rock & roll’s most unknowable soul, but Spitz gives him back every bit of his Satanic majesty." 

 Rob Sheffield, music journalist

pretty boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd

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"Wallis has written the first full-scale biography of Charles Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd, and it is a good one, very readable without sensationalizing or sentimentalizing its subject."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Biographies

wes craven: The Man & his Nightmares

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"Wooley tells the stuff that Screams are made of, richly exploring the deep intelligence, wit, edgy controversiality, and absolute terror that only Wes Craven brings to the screen." 

Ron Wolfe, coauthor of Old Fears & Death's Door 

buck owens: the biography

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“[Sisk] has mined the past in a city where others in her trade feared to even shake the timbers.”
Bryce Martin, pioneer country music columnist for the Bakersfield Californian 

captain beefheart: the biography

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"The greatest insight yet into one twentieth-century performer who might legitimately be a genius... Buy it."
Record Collector 

honky tonk angel: the intimate story of patsy cline

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"Honky Tonk Angel poignantly chronicles [Patsy Cline's] journey from planet Earth all the way to the Pearly Gates... A fascinating trip and a fascinating read."
Marty Stuart, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter

cat power: a good woman

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"Goodman's respect for [Chan] Marshall's music is evident, but it's her objectivity when faced with reporting some of the singer's less than admirable traits that make this a thoroughly enjoyable read."
Publisher's Weekly 

willie nelson: an epic life

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"Joe Nick Patoski has here conjured a biography that by far transcends its subject, a book whose evocations of time, place, and spirit are as masterful as they are enthralling.”
Nick Tosches, author of Hellfire


Biographies

nobody likes you: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, & Music of Green Day

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"Marc Spitz has written the ultimate book for fans of Green Day and a book that mirrors the wild, crazy ride that punk has made into the mainstream.”
Charles R. Cross, author of Heavier than Heaven 

billy joel: the life & times of an angry young man

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Based on numerous interviews, and enormous amounts of research, this biography gives a detailed picture of this complex man and his music. 

dr. dre: the biography

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“Ro uncovers a more reflective and introspective side of a man who has certainly seen it all, as far as the meteoric rise and contentious history of rap is concerned… one of the 10 best books on rap.”

Booklist

johnny cash: the biography

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"Streissguth is no scandalmonger, just an elegant writer and crack researcher who knows his subject’s life is redemptive even without a clean character arc. Grade: A”
Entertainment Weekly 

huey: spirit of the panther

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 "Hilliard, chief of staff of the Black Panther Party, debunks the image of the gun-toting, violence-prone [Huey P.] Newton immortalized in posters from the era.”
Booklist 

charles fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural

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 "This is how biographies should be written: Steinmeyer is the ideal host, introducing us to a fascinating stranger, and sliding into the background... Here is a storyteller with a glint in his eye. Pull up a chair, you won't be disappointed." 

Mark Stafford, Times of London  


Biographies

baldwin's harlem: a biography of james baldwin

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"Herb Boyd takes Baldwin away from the ivory towers of literary scholars and elites, and centers him with, and within, the experience of his people. Required reading."
Todd Steven Burroughs, Ph.D., journalist 

beneath the mask of holiness: Thomas Merton & the Forbidden Love Affair that Set Him Free

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"This book permits us to find what is inspirational about Merton--his strength and determination to overcome, and at times accept, his human frailness and vulnerability, all while battling for self-discovery and solace."
Patrick Hasburgh, author of Aspen Pulp 

reese witherspoon: The Biography

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This biography gives fans a close-up look at Hollywood's golden girl. 

jackson browne: His Life & Music

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 One of rock music’s bestselling biographers takes a rare, in-depth look at the man behind the music, from his southern California roots to his roles as a performer, songwriter, political activist, and father. 

bowie: A Biography

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 “Spitz’s encyclopedic knowledge and obvious appreciation for Bowie’s work separate this book from countless cookie-cutter rock stories.”
Kirkus Review 

bad moon rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival

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"Bordowitz brings CCR’s complex story to life... [He] never takes sides or passes judgment yet brilliantly illuminates the tragedy of CCR’s lost potential."
Library Journal 


Biographies

black tooth grin: The High Life, Good Times, & Tragic End of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott

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 "Even if you never banged your head in the moshpit to 'I'm Broken,' Dimebag's story, like a good, stiff drink, is one you won't want to put down."
Blogcritics online magazine

always been there: Rosanne Cash, the List, & the Spirit of Southern Music

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"Streissguth's moving and elegantly wrought portrait illuminates not only one of popular music's most enigmatic and singular artists, but also the mystery of the creative process itself."
Alanna Nash, author of The Colonel

A-rod: american hero

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 Find out what makes the greatest superstar in American sports tick as he chases the one thing missing from his Hall of Fame-bound career...a World Series ring. 


Biographies

the last greatest magician in the world: Howard Thurston versus Houdini

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"Steinmeyer writes about events a century ago as vividly as if he had been there: and in a sense, he has been.”
Teller (of Penn and Teller), The New York Times Book Review 

the glorious deception: the double life of william robinson, aka chung ling soo

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 "Displays an expert’s grasp of the mechanics behind the magic tricks of the day and a keen appreciation of the technologies that allowed stage artists to play new variations on classic illusions.”
William Grimes, The New York Times 

the best land under heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny

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“An even-handed, briskly written history of the party, destined to become the standard account of this horrid chapter of American history.”
Timothy R. Smith, Washington Post 


Biographies

martha jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson

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Drawing on a wealth of newly probed sources, Hyland captures the charm, sophistication, and grace, as well as a profound sense of history, of this little known and elusive figure.

david crockett: The Lion of the West

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 "Vivid, comprehensible... cuts through decades of mythmaking." 

Texas Monthly 

in defense of thomas jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal

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“The case [Hyland] makes is persuasive and in my view well presented... a historically important project.”

Peter Rodman, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution

billy the kid: the endless ride

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"This might be the best Billy the Kid book to date." 

Fritz Thompson, Albuquerque Journal 

sharon tate: a life

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 Sharon Tate is required reading for anyone fascinated by the dark side of the ’60s.  

SNAKES! GUILLOTINES! ELECTRIC CHAIRS!: my adventures in the alice cooper group

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 “A visit to the magical, blood-spattered world of the Alice Cooper Group, courtesy of Dunaway, the band's bassist, co-songwriter and 'theatrical conceptionalist'... the book is more than just an homage to his old friend; it's a love letter to an era... An affectionate, sharp-eyed memoir.” 

Kirkus Reviews 


Biographies

Hell's Angel: The Life & Times of Sonny Barger & the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club

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 “A ripping good read… as gripping a tale as you would expect from the most famous pack of all time.”
New Times Los Angeles 

under their thumb: How a Nice Boy from Brooklyn Got Mixed Up with the Rolling Stones

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 “The hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking tale of a fan who got too close to his heroes.”

Rolling Stone 

Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader

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 "Offers a rich variety of angles on the Marley legend." 

 Relix magazine

Outlaw: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & the Renegades of Nashville

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 "In this compulsively readable book, music historian Streissguth describes the contrast between the staid Nashville music scene of the late '60s and early '70s, and the dynamic new music filtering into the city."

Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

In the Name of the Father: Family, Football, & the Manning Dynasty

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"Ribowsky thoroughly covers the on- and off-field drama in this sprawling biography... Football fans will be drawn to this inside look at the Mannings, one of the most talented sports families in American history. "

Publishers Weekly


Biographies

Baseball's Starry Night: Reliving Major League Baseball's 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe

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"Paul Kocak hits an inside the park homer. What a night!"
Len Berman, Sportscaster/Author 

THE DALLAS COWBOYS: THE OUTRAGEOUS HISTORY

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 "'America's Team' has had its share of outsize characters, and this raucous his­tory places the franchise against the political and socioeconomic backdrop of its sprawling home­town." 

New York Times Book Review 

THE STEPHEN SPROUSE BOOK

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 "The Padilhas have succeeded in making a book that many people believe was made by Sprouse himself." 

JC Report