Examines the connection between creativity and alcohol by traveling to locales well-loved by six of America's greatest writers, who were also alcoholics, including John Cheever's New York, Tennessee Williams' New Orleans and Ernest Hemingway's Key West.
Brendan Koerner documents the 1972 story behind the longest-distance hijacking in U.S. history, tracing the events of the hijacking against a backdrop of civil unrest and the skyjacking wave of the early 1970s.
The award-winning author of Super Sad True Story traces his uproarious experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits and his initial forays into a literary career.
A founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Hollies shares the story of his life from his youth in post-war England, through his creative relationship with Joni Mitchell and his enduring career as a solo musician and political activist.
In December 2001, West Point cadet Chad Jenkins and Naval Academy midshipman Brian Stann faced off in the most-watched college football game. Over the next decade, they went to war, led soldiers and witnessed and participated in events they never imagined possible.
Paying tribute to his post-war Manhattan childhood, the author reminisces while walking home after teaching a night class and revisits the places of his past.
American History professor Jill Lepore delivers a revealing portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, who spent much of her life cooking, cleaning and raising children. Despite obscurity and poverty, Jane shared a lot of her brother's talents: She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd political commentator.
The author shares the lessons about womanhood and personal style she learned from both her mother, an upper-middle-class New Yorker who was the polished hostess at her family's garment district restaurant, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the outrageous, iconoclastic Italian fashion designer.
This collection of personal stories and essays from the best-selling author and screenwriter describes her relationship with her late sister, Nora, and offers moving and humorous anecdotes on their mutual love, respect and sibling rivalry.
This portrait of three artistic prodigies who died young — writer Stephen Crane, artist Dora Carrington and composer George Gershwin — explores how their lives raise universal questions about creation and mortality while considering what they might have accomplished had they lived longer.
An account of the author's cross-country move and role in establishing a dog rescue foundation describes the unanticipated challenges he encountered while transporting more than two dozen dogs to a new home in Maine.
Based on private conversations, as well as interviews with friends and lovers, a close friend of Lucian presents an intimate glimpse into the mind of one of the 20th century's most fascinating and enigmatic figures.
The pop culture historian and author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. presents a portrait of the renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter and director that traces his numerous reinventions and prodigious professional achievements as well as his romantic relationships and excessive appetites.
Traces the public librarian author's inspiring story as a Mormon youth with Tourette's Syndrome who after a sequence of radical and ineffective treatments overcame nightmarish tics through education, military service and strength training.
An assessment of the short 12-year reign of Britain's last Stuart monarch recounts how she united England and Scotland as a sovereign state, offering additional insight into the military victories that laid the foundations for Britain's future naval and colonial supremacy.
This collection of letters from the late "comic writer of genius" starts with prison, where he spent more than a year as a conscientious objector, and moves through his courtship, his marriage, his struggle with faith and his increasingly bizarre search for suitable accommodations. Edited by Katherine A. Powers.
In cooperation with the Johnny Cash estate, a music critic who knew the icon tells the unvarnished truth about Cash, whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized.
A journey into the mind of a remarkable 13-year-old Japanese boy with severe autism shares firsthand insights into a variety of experiences associated with the disorder, from behavioral traits and misconceptions to perceptions about the world and social awareness. Translated by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida.
Kansas City Lightning is the first of two volumes tracing the life of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Crouch draws on interviews with family, peers and collaborators to reveal Charlie Parker's Depression-era childhood and his early career in Kansas City and New York.
Jesmyn Ward recounts the loss of five young men in the author's life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the misfortune that can follow those who live in poverty, sharing her experiences of living through the dying as she searches through answers in her community.
Brilliantly combining social history and biography, this never-before-told story of the independent-minded and spirited white women of the black Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s, collectively referred to as Miss Anne, explores their motivations and often misunderstood choices.
This biography of the 28th president of the United States includes details from recently discovered papers that highlight the character of the scholar-leader who shepherded his country through World War I.
A memoir of haunting and redemptive events covers such topics as a con-man father's betrayal, the murder-suicide of a house guest and a decade spent in the arctic as a translator of Inuit tales.
While grappling with his own mental well-being, writer Nathan Rabin journeys with the fan bases of Phish and Insane Clown Posse and discovers how both groups have tapped into the human need for community.
The author of the best-selling Driving Mr. Albert recounts his visit to the medieval Castilian village of Guzman as part of a decade-long effort to taste the world's finest cheese, an encounter that involved him in long-held regional secrets and the story of a heartbroken genius cheese-maker.
The author traveled from the painful deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the United States, where she endured five jobs, crime and a painful marriage before the birth of a daughter inspired her writing career.
An authoritative portrait of the Latin-American warrior-statesman examines his life against a backdrop of the tensions of 19th-century South America, covering his achievements as a strategist, abolitionist and diplomat.
A small town home to a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping.
Michael Hainey was 6 years old when his father, a young journalist at the Chicago Tribune, died under mysterious circumstances. Now a journalist himself, Hainey embarks on a journey to find out what exactly happened to his father, why it was kept a secret and what it means for his family and himself.
A Brooklyn bartender and writer of the New York Times Magazine "Drink" column shares the story of her misspent youth: years spent experiencing the rich communities in bars, a life marked by her teen activities of telling fortunes in exchange for beer and an unending quest through Manhattan and small-town New England in search of the perfect local haunt.
This biography of Ted Williams describes how the baseball legend's 1941 batting average hasn't been topped since, and discusses how Williams served as a Marine pilot in World War II and Korea and hid his Mexican heritage most of his life.