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Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee

by James Gavin

Praised by the New York Times Book Review as “fascinating, suspenseful, careful, musically detailed, and insightful,” this is a long-overdue biography of recording artist and musical legend Peggy Lee.

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Hope: Entertainer of the Century

by Richard Zoglin

“Revelatory…fascinating” (The New York Times): The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was the most important entertainer...


A Short Walk from Harrods

by Dirk Bogarde

Forced into returning to London because of his manager and partner's fast deteriorating health, Bogarde has to re-adapt to life in the West London neighbourhoods that groomed him as an aspiring young actor....


The Life of Ian Fleming

by John Pearson

It is now over fifty years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducing 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in...


Great Meadow

by Dirk Bogarde

Employing both the language and lucidity of the young boy that he evokes, the actor turned author, Dirk Bogarde, presents us with a charming recollection of his childhood. From 1927 to 1934 he lived in a remote...


Cleared for Take-Off

by Dirk Bogarde

During his many reconnaissance missions in Europe and the Far East, the young Bogarde experienced the terror of enemy attack and the horror of its aftermath, together with the intense camaraderie and bitter...


For the Time Being

by Dirk Bogarde

In 1988 Dirk Bogarde returned from two idyllic decades in France to live in England because of his partner's serious illness. Shortly afterwards, the then Literary Editor of the Daily Telegraph, admiring the...


Backcloth

by Dirk Bogarde

Filling in the gaps left between his previous memoirs, as well as highlighting new episodes, Backcloth explores the patterns of pleasure and pain that have made up Bogarde's extraordinary life. It is based on...


Hitch

by John Russell Taylor

One of cinema's greatest directors, a virtuoso visual artist, and a genius of the suspense genre, Alfred Hitchcock (1899?1980) is universally known for such masterpieces as Strangers on a Train, Rear Window,...


John Arpin: Keyboard Virtuoso

by Robert Popple

Born and raised in Port McNicoll, John Arpin is today regarded as one of Canada's finest keyboard virtuosos, performing at concert halls around the world. This authorized biography is based on extensive research...


That Close

by Suggs

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Written with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colorful...


Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou

by Maya Angelou

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper,” Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Indeed, Angelou’s words have traveled the world and transformed lives—inspiring,...


So Anyway

by John Cleese

John Cleese’s  huge comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp irreverent eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers, and beyond now seem...


True Love

by Jennifer Lopez

In Jennifer Lopez’s first ever book, True Love, she explores one of her life’s most defining periods—the transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges,...


Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

by David Ritz

The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz.

Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother,...


Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?: A Memoir

by George Clinton & Ben Greenman

In this seminal music memoir, Father of Funk George Clinton talks four decades of hit songs, drug abuse, the evolution of pop, rock, and soul music, his legal pitfalls, and much much more.

George Clinton began...


Alexander Payne: Interviews

by Julie Levinson

Interviews with the director of Citizen Ruth, Nebraska, and The Descendants


Dame Maggie Scott: A Life in Dance

by Michelle Potter & Graeme Murphy

Foreword by Graeme Murphy. It is impossible to tell the story of dance in Australia without focusing on Dame Margaret Scott. The fiftieth anniversary of The Australian Ballet School is a fitting time to launch...


The Life and Loves of a He Devil: A Memoir

by Graham Norton

'I defy anyone not to snort, howl and recoil' The Sunday Times

'Full of wicked asides, tart observations and sharp remarks that could only have originated in Graham Norton's witty brain.' Terry Wogan

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Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts

by Robert M. Dowling

This extraordinary new biography fully captures the intimacies of Eugene O'Neill's tumultuous life and the profound impact of his work on American drama. Robert M. Dowling innovatively recounts O'Neill's life...