One of the most revered filmmakers of our time, Werner Herzog wrote this diary during the making of Fitzcarraldo, the lavish 1982 film that tells the story of a would-be rubber baron who pulls a steamship over a hill in the Amazon jungle in order to access a rich rubber territory. Later, Herzog spoke of his difficulties when making the film, including casting problems, reshoots, language barriers, epic clashes with the star, and the logistics of moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill without the use of special effects. Hailed by critics around the globe, the film went on to win Herzog the 1982 Outstanding Director Prize at Cannes. Herzog's diary is a glimpse into the mind of a genius during the making of one of his greatest achievements."—Jkt.
A popular performer on Comedy Central's hit The Chapelle Show, Charlie Murphy—older brother of comedy legend Eddie Murphy, who contributes a foreword to the book—shares his passion for comedy and tells his true Hollywood stories in his distinctive and fearless voice in this memoir.
An unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family's Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. Reprint.
In a powerful, witty graphic memoir, a New York City cartoonist recounts her eleven-month bout with breast cancer, from initial diagnosis to cure—and every challenge in between—chronicling her high-powered Manhattan lifestyle, the romance between the ultimate bachelorette and her surprising Prince Charming, and her fierce battle against disease. 100,000 first printing.
The product of the author's decades-long cross-country search of archives and her extensive interviews with Carver's relatives, friends and colleagues, an informative memoir provides the definitive story of an iconic literary figure, whose tales focused on ordinary people and their troubles brought on by poverty, drunkenness and embittered marriages.
Collects the responses to 100 top-selected Proust Questionnaire personalities through which celebrities answer a common series of probing personal questions, in a volume that includes entries for such figures as Bette Midler, Salman Rushdie and Martin Scorsese.
A memoir based on the author's experiences as a cultural and intellectual insider in 1970s New York describes the philosophical and political debates in which he participated, the sophisticated performances he attended, and his encounters with such figures as Susan Sontag and Harold Brodkey.
The best-selling author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and a Pulitzer Prize winner questions what it means to be a man today in a series of interlinked autobiographical reflections, regrets and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past. Reprint. A best-selling book. 200,000 first printing.
Suggests that the liberal media saw Sarah Palin's strength and popularity as a threat and set out to destroy her through rumors and distortions, but that despite these attacks she will continue to rise within the Republican party.
An autobiography that the late comedian nearly completed before he died chronicles his storied career, during which he pushed the boundaries of comedy and language and influenced several generations of performers. By the author of When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? Reprint.
The author outlines the disadvantages he overcame in the pursuit of his career, from his abandonment by his father in childhood and tough inner-city upbringing to his speech impediment and functional illiteracy.