Traces the history of the Hemings family from its origins in early eighteenth-century Virginia to its dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826, in an account that describes their family ties to the third president against a backdrop of Revolutionary America and the French Revolution. 70,000 first printing.
The former CEO of the National Urban League reflects on critical points in his life through the lens of the speeches he gave that were inspired by men and women whose oratorical skill in service to social justice deeply influenced him.
A critical study of the life of Raymond Chandler focuses on his marriage to Cissy Pascal, the older, twice-divorced woman he wed in 1924, discussing her key role in helping transform Chandler from a shy oil company accountant into a literary master and creator of Philip Marlowe. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
An uplifting study of the story behind Dickens's most beloved work, A Christmas Carol, describes how the author, at a low point in his career, self-published the holiday classic, revitalizing Dickens's failing literary career and reviving the celebration of Christmas amid the struggles of the Industrial Revolution. 40,000 first printing.
The author of Black, White, Other describes the pilgrimages she took with her father to rural Georgia in the aftermath of his diagnosis with terminal cancer, journeys during which she came to realize the hardships he endured during the Jim Crow era as well as his enduring love for the region and its people. 35,000 first printing.
A comprehensive portrait of the rock icon covers topics ranging from Lennon's traumatic childhood in the care of his aunt and the Beatles' unprecedented rise to the in-fighting during the Yoko years and his early death in 1980.
The stand-up comedian draws on the trials and tribulations of his own life—from drug addiction and obesity to fights with his mother and his early career driving a Jersey cab—to share a collection of painfully hilarious true stories.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian author of The Good War recounts his hard-working early childhood in Chicago, his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II, his struggles after being blacklisted in spite of his television successes, and more. 75,000 first printing.
A cultural exploration of vampire lore and the lifestyles it has inspired in the modern world recounts the author's visits to convergence sites in New York clubs, darkened parks, and chain restaurants.
An updated edition of the film reference provides almost 1,500 entries on leading international actors and actresses, directors, and producers, along with critical essays, profiles, and film analyses.