This compilation of personal correspondences written over a 60-year period contains Kurt Vonnegut's letters to family, friends, fans and critics — including previously unpublished material. The collection offers insight into the iconic American author's literary personality, his experiences as a German POW, his struggles with fame and the inspirations for his famous books.
Richard Russo delivers an upbeat, personal account of his youth and the 1950s upstate New York town his family struggled to escape. He recounts the encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams his mother instilled that inspired his career.
A beloved TV icon shares the secrets to success and happiness as he has learned them from his innumerable celebrity encounters, friendships and relationships with his loving wife and family.
This candid, no-holds-barred glimpse into the troubled life of the longest- tenured cast member of Saturday Night Live reveals a man, haunted by abuse, who fought for both his sobriety and sanity to become an American comic genius.
A now-sober alcoholic documents his 18-month effort to run marathons in the cities where he lived during his self-destructive days. Reflecting on the redemptive benefits of running, he shares his own journey and learns the stories of fellow addicts who pursued similar dreams.
An authorized portrait of the influential twentieth-century American writer draws on first-person accounts and Vonnegut's private letters while offering insight into his youth, the inspirations for his work, and his enduring literary impact.
Published together for the first time, this collection of letters to family, friends, lovers and complete strangers from the beloved Beatle offers an intimate look into the personality and mind of one of popular music's most revered artists.
A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs, including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.
Yael Kohen gathered stories from more than 100 different comedians, writers and producers for her oral history of women in comedy. Out of this chorus of voices — including the likes of Joan Rivers and Tina Fey — emerges a depiction of the challenges these women confronted, as well the achievements they've earned in spite of them.
Traces the influences of E.B. White's early 20th-century childhood on a farm and his love for animals on his career, offering insight into the creation of Charlotte's Web as it evolved from an early draft and was shaped by his scientific research and friendship with legendary editor Ursula Nordstrom. By the author of Apollo's Fire.
Actor-turned-travel writer Andrew McCarthy meditates on how travel has helped him overcome life-long fears and confront his resistance to commitment, tracing his soul-searching visits to the Patagonia, the Amazon and Mount Kilimanjaro.
The race for the Republican nomination of 1860 was one of the greatest political contests in American history: Abraham Lincoln versus Salmon Chase versus William Seward. Seward might have lost that campaign, but his greatest role was still to come — as the Secretary of State in Lincoln's famed "team of rivals." Walter Stahr describes how a man who was Lincoln's fiercest and most critical opponent eventually became his most loyal and trusted adviser.