A revealing personal account by the legendary basketball star traces his childhood in Harlem, his professional career, and the pivotal influence of the Harlem Renaissance on black culture in the United States, in a volume that features interview excerpts from Magic Johnson, Quincy Jones, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Denzel Washington, and others. 100,000 first printing.
A seminal portrait of the enigmatic nineteenth-century novelist and poet, written by the Whitbread Book of the Year-winning author of Samuel Pepys, discusses his humble origins, rise through the London literary scene, and efforts to challenge the sexual and religious conventions of his time. 50,000 first printing.
A memoir of the author's journey with her three-year-old son soon after the sudden death of her husband—a journey that cycles through grief and anger, but also through humor, joy, empowerment, and ultimately acceptance.
The first violinist for the acclaimed Guarneri String Quartet recalls his lifelong obsession with the violin, from the perspective of his own forty-year musical career, discussing the quest for the perfect violin, the history of the renowned Italian violin makers, his musical pilgrimage into his family's past, and great music written for the violin, accompanied by a special CD recording.
In an unflinching memoir, a young woman who grew up with a disability that forced the childhood amputation of her entire leg below the knee details her struggle to learn to live with the problem, her role as a poster child for the March of Dimes, dealing with her teenage self-image, and the ultimate coming to terms with her body in a society that values beauty. 50,000 first printing.
Traces the inspiring story of an autistic savant with genius-level mathematical talents, describing how he was eschewed by his classmates in spite of his near-photographic memory and super-human capacity for math and language, in a firsthand account that offers insight into how he experiences the world. 75,000 first printing.
In a poignant memoir of love, loss, and music, a rock and pop culture critic shares the story of his romance and marriage to Renée, a young woman with whom he had little in common except for the music that brought them together, and Renée's tragic early death, all viewed from the perspective of the mix tapes that the couple had compiled. 60,000 first printing.
An award-winning NPR producer brings to life the stories of three generations of women and their ordeals with love, rejection, and revolution, from her American grandmother's love affair with an Iranian physician, her Iranian-American parents, and her own return to an Islamic Iran and to a world without the freedoms she experienced in the West.
A memoir by the daughter of the pioneering comedian discusses her efforts to embrace the cultures of both of her parents, her exposure to drugs and sex throughout her earliest years, and her witness to Pryor's deterioration from multiple sclerosis.
A consistently reflective, often riotous narrative of the author's progress into manhood ranges from trouble and conflict in his native Kentucky Appalachia, through a tour of America's underbelly, to his marriage and settlement on the Iowa River. Reprint.
Draws on newly uncovered archives to reveal Houdini's secret work as a spy for the United States and England, his post-war efforts to expose the fraudulent activities of spiritualist mediums, and the plot organized by Arthur Conan Doyle to have him murdered.