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In Pieces
by Sally Field

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<div><b>In this intimate, haunting literary memoir, an American icon tells her own story for the first time--about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.</b></div> <br /><div><div>One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From <i>Gidget</i>'s sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of <i>Sybil</i> to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of <i>Norma Rae </i>and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.</div><div><br /></div><div><div>With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, <i>In Pieces</i> is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century. </div></div></div><div><br /></div>
Boy Erased: A Memoir
by Garrard Conley

Language

English

Pages

349

Publication Date

May 10, 2016

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<b><b>A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges, directed by Joel Edgerton. “Every sentence of the story will stir your soul” (<i>O Magazine</i>).</b></b><br /><b>  </b><br /> The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.<br />  <br /> When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. <br />  <br /> By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.
This Will Only Hurt a Little
by Busy Philipps

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> <BR> <b>A hilarious, heartfelt, and refreshingly honest memoir by the beloved comedic actress known for her roles on <i>Freaks and Geeks</i>, <i>Dawson’s Creek</i>, and <i>Cougar Town</i> who has become “the breakout star of Instagram stories...Imagine <i>I Love Lucy</i> mixed with a modern lifestyle guru” (<i>The New Yorker</i>).</b><BR><BR>“You guys!! Busy is a legit writer with a voice as clear as a bell. This book is honest, funny, intimate, and well-observed by a person who has observed some sh*t.”<b> —Tina Fey</b><BR> <BR> “Judy Blume meets Karl Ove Knausgaard meets one brave woman from Arizona. On the page, Philipps’ toughness shines through—a rare and feminine ethical code; devoted and blunt. It’s a thrill to watch her stumble right up until the very moment she storms the f*cking gates.” <b>—Miranda July</b><BR> <BR>There’s no stopping Busy Philipps. From the time she was two and “aced out in her nudes” to explore the neighborhood (as her mom famously described her toddler jailbreak), Busy has always been headstrong, defiant, and determined not to miss out on all the fun. These qualities led her to leave Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of nineteen to pursue her passion for acting in Hollywood. But much like her painful and painfully funny teenage years, chasing her dreams wasn’t always easy and sometimes hurt more than a little.<BR> <BR>In this stunningly candid memoir, Busy opens up about chafing against a sexist system rife with on-set bullying and body shaming, being there when friends face shattering loss, enduring devastating personal and professional betrayals from those she loved best, and struggling with postpartum anxiety and the challenges of motherhood.<BR> <BR>But Busy also brings to the page her sly sense of humor and the unshakeable sense that disappointment shouldn’t stand in her way—even when she’s knocked down both figuratively and literally (from a knee injury at her seventh-grade dance to a violent encounter on the set of <i>Freaks and Geeks</i>). The rough patches in her life are tempered by times of hilarity and joy: leveraging a flawless impression of Cher from <i>Clueless</i> into her first paid acting gig, helping reinvent a genre with cult classic <i>Freaks and Geeks</i>, becoming fast friends with <i>Dawson’s Creek</i> castmate Michelle Williams, staging her own surprise wedding, conquering natural childbirth with the help of a <i>Mad Men</i>–themed hallucination, and more.<BR> <BR>Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram and now to the page, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.<BR> <BR><i>“I’ve been waiting my whole life to write this book. I’m just so grateful someone asked. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it??”</i>
We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicate...
by Gabrielle Union

Language

English

Pages

266

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work</strong></p><p><strong>Named a Best Book of the Year by The Root</strong></p><p><strong>Chosen by Emma Straub as a Best New Celebrity Memoir</strong></p><p><strong>“A book of essays as raw and honest as anyone has ever produced.” — Lena Dunham, Lenny Letter</strong></p><p>In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s <em>Yes Please, </em>Lena Dunham’s <em>Not That Kind of Girl</em>, and Roxane Gay's <em>Bad Feminist</em>, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.</p><p>One month before the release of the highly anticipated film <em>The Birth of a Nation,</em> actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: "It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real." </p><p>In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.</p>
Beastie Boys Book
by , Adam Horovitz

Language

English

Pages

572

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER </b>• <b>A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.</b><br /> <br />Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1, <i>Licensed to Ill</i>—and the album’s messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam; their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece <i>Paul’s Boutique; </i>their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums <i>Check Your Head, Ill Communication, </i>and <i>Hello Nasty </i>and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch; and more. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.<br /> <br />With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, <i>Beastie Boys Book </i>upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Beastie Boys Book</i><br /><br /></b>“This entertaining look at Beastie Boys history is as innovative and raucous as the band’s music.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i> (starred review)</b><br /><br />“Beastie Boys fans will devour this book, as will anyone interested in the early days of hip-hop, the art/music/street life of New York City in the 1980s, and the alternative-nation zeitgeist of the ’90s.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b>
Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite: My Story
by Roger Daltrey

Language

English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 23, 2018

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<p><b>The frontman of one of the greatest bands of all time tells the story of his rise from nothing to rock 'n' roll megastar, and his wild journey as the voice of The Who.</b></p><p>“It’s taken me three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday,” says Roger Daltrey, the powerhouse vocalist of The Who. The result of this introspection is a remarkable memoir, instantly captivating, funny and frank, chock-full of well-earned wisdom and one-of-a-kind anecdotes from a raucous life that spans a tumultuous time of change in Britain and America. </p><p>Born during the air bombing of London in 1944, Daltrey fought his way (literally) through school and poverty and began to assemble the band that would become The Who while working at a sheet metal factory in 1961. In Daltrey’s voice, the familiar stories—how they got into smashing up their kit, the infighting, Keith Moon’s antics—take on a new, intimate life. Also here is the creative journey through the unforgettable hits including<i> My Generation, Substitute, Pinball Wizard</i>, and the great albums, <i>Who’s Next, Tommy, </i>and<i> Quadrophenia</i>. Amidst all the music and mayhem, the drugs, the premature deaths, the ruined hotel rooms, Roger is our perfect narrator, remaining sober (relatively) and observant and determined to make The Who bigger and bigger. Not only his personal story, this is the definitive biography of The Who.</p>
Mercury and Me
by , Tim Wapshott

Language

English

Pages

222

Publication Date

March 03, 2015

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With a new introduction by Jim Hutton’s co-writer Tim Wapshott, Mercury and Me is the story of rock’s oddest couple. The relationship between Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton evolved over several months in 1984 and 1985. Even when they first slept together Hutton had no idea who Mercury was, and when the star told him his name it meant nothing to him. Hutton worked as a barber at the Savoy Hotel and retained his job and his lodgings in Sutton, Surrey, for two years after moving in with Mercury, and then worked as his gardener. He was never fully assimilated into Mercury's jet-setting lifestyle, nor did he want to be, but from 1985 until Mercury's death in 1991 he was closer to him than anyone and knew all Mercury's closest friends: the other members of Queen, Elton John, David Bowie and Phil Collins to name a few. Ever present at the countless Sunday lunch gatherings and opulent parties, Hutton has a wealth of anecdotes as well as a deep understanding of, Mercury's life. He also nursed Mercury through his terminal illness, often held him throughout the night in his final weeks, and was with him as he died. No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercury's private life - the ecstasies and the agonies - more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About...
by Reese Witherspoon

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>Academy Award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.</b><BR><BR>Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.<BR> <BR>Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.<BR> <BR>It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?
Leonardo da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson

Language

English

Pages

625

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from Walter Isaacson </b><b>brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life”</b><b> (<i>The New Yorker</i>).</b><BR><BR>Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>) in a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.<BR> <BR>He produced the two most famous paintings in history, <i>The Last Supper</i> and the <i>Mona Lisa</i>. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in <i>The Last Supper</i>. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of <i>Vitruvian Man</i>, made him history’s most creative genius.<BR> <BR>In the “luminous” (<i>Daily Beast</i>) <i>Leonardo da Vinci</i>, Isaacson describes how Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different. Here, da Vinci “comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography…a vigorous, insightful portrait” (<i>The Washington Post</i>).
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discordi...
by Jeff Tweedy

Language

English

Pages

303

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<b>The singer, guitarist, and songwriter—best known for his work with Wilco—opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.</b><br /><br />Few bands have inspired as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it's thanks, in large part, to the band's singer, songwriter, and guiding light: Jeff Tweedy. But while his songs and music have been endlessly discussed and analyzed, Jeff has rarely talked so directly about himself, his life, and his artistic process.<br /><br />Until now. In his long-awaited memoir, Jeff will tell stories about his childhood in Belleville, Illinois; the St. Louis record store, rock clubs, and live-music circuit that sparked his songwriting and performing career; and the Chicago scene that brought it all together. He'll also talk in-depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and more; and write lovingly about his parents, wife Susie, and sons, Spencer and Sammy. <br /><br />Honest, funny, and disarming, Tweedy's memoir will bring readers inside both his life and his musical process, illuminating his singular genius and sharing his story, voice, and perspective for the first time.

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