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Arthur Penn: American Director

by Nat Segaloff

Arthur Penn: American Director is the comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century's most influential filmmakers. Thematic chapters lucidly convey the story of Penn's life and career, as well as pertinent...

Frank L. McVey and the University of Kentucky: A Progressive President and the Modernization of a Southern University

by Eric A. Moyen

In 1917, fifty-two years after its founding, the University of Kentucky faced stagnation, financial troubles, and disturbing reports of nepotism, resulting in a leadership crisis. A special committee investigated...

Wild Boy: My Life with Duran Duran

by Andy Taylor

When 19-year-old Andy Taylor returned from his band's tour of military bases in Germany and saw an advert in Melody Maker in April 1980 asking for a 'live wire guitarist' to audition in Birmingham, he saw his...

Doris Day

by Eric Braun

An in-depth and fascinating study of one of Hollywood's most popular icons - fully updated and including previously unreleased pictures. Doris Day is almost always portrayed as the sunny, squeaky-clean girl...

Wellington: A Journey Through My Family

by Jane Wellesley

A highly personal, anecdotal family memoir of the Wellington legacy.

Jane Wellesley is a member of one of Britain's most illustrious families. Her father, the 8th Duke of Wellington, was born in 1915, a hundred...

My Life Behaving Badly: The Autobiography

by Leslie Ash

Leslie Ash has been one of Britain's most popular actresses for many years now, having made her big break in the film 'Quadrophenia'. In the 1980s she starred in 'Cat's Eyes', but it is as Deb in 'Men Behaving...

Catherine the Great & Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair

by Simon Sebag Montefiore

History's greatest love story, Catherine the Great and Potemkin is a sweeping epic of sex, love, power, conquest and extravagance on a magnificent Russian scale. Not only was their romance wildly passionate...

Twin: A Memoir

by Allen Shawn

A heartbreaking yet deeply hopeful memoir about life as a twin in the face of autism.

When Allen Shawn and his twin sister, Mary, were two, Mary began exhibiting signs of what would be diagnosed many years...

Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World

by John Szwed

The remarkable life and times of the man who popularized American folk music and created the science of song

Folklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, talent scout, ethnomusicologist,...

Disaster Preparedness: A Memoir

by Heather Havrilesky

A perceptive, witty memoir about the transformative humiliations of childhood-and adulthood-from a unique, already-beloved voice.

When Heather Havrilesky was a kid during the '70s, harrowing disaster films...

The Autobiography

by Richard Hill

Nicknamed 'the Silent Assassin', Richard Hill is often most noticed when he isn't playing, as somehow his teams never perform as well without him as they do when he's around. This was shown both in the Lions...

Jesse Jackson: A Voice for Change

by Steve Otfinoski

The story of the rise to prominence of America's most influential black leader. Join Jesse on his extraordinary journey across the American political landscape -- from his days as a young civil rights activist...

Black Ice

by Lorene Cary

In 1972 Lorene Cary, a bright, ambitious black teenager from Philadelphia, was transplanted into the formerly all-white, all-male environs of the elite St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, where she became a...

Conversations with Anne Rice: An Intimate, Enlightening Portrait of Her Life and Work

by Michael Riley

In the novel that introduced Anne Rice to the world, Interview with the Vampire, a reporter seeks out the facts behind an extraordinary life. In the years since, Anne Rice has created a remarkable and acclaimed...

Where Are You Now, Bo Diddley?: The Stars Who Made Us Rock and Where They Are Now

by Edward Kiersh

From the jumping rock and blues joints of the 1950s to Woodstock and beyond, Where Are You Now, Bo Diddley? takes a close look at forty-seven musicians whose unique contributions to their thrilling era will...

Givin' It Their All: The Backstreet Boys' Rise to the Top

by Sherri Rifkin



There's just no stopping these funky five from Florida. One of the hottest music groups around, the Backstreet Boys (BSB) launched themselves to superstardom in an amazingly...

Lech Walesa: The Road to Democracy

by Rebecca Stefoff

Profiles the remarkable man who began as a shipyard electrician and who became the leader of Poland's Solidarity trade union movement, and who eventually was elected leader of the country.

Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary

by Tim Riley

Ranging over 30 years of Bob Dylan recordings, films, and concerts, this updated edition includes a new epilogue that examines his 30th anniversary celebration and his 1998 Grammy Award comeback.

My American Journey

by Colin L. Powell & Joseph E. Persico


--The New York Times Book Review

Colin Powell is the embodiment of the American dream. He was born in Harlem to immigrant parents from...

King Stephen

by Edmund King

This compelling new biography provides the most authoritative picture yet of King Stephen, whose reign (1135–1154), with its “nineteen long winters” of civil war, made his name synonymous with failed leadership....