Presents the story of a marathon runner, as he describes the conditions that must be endured during competitions whose distances extend hundreds of miles and discusses why he is driven to participate in such an extreme sport.
Documents the author's efforts to learn about his mother's life in the years after her death, a personal quest during which he rediscovered the Jewish immigrant Bronx of the 1930s and 1940s and his grandparent's impact on his mother's dreams to flee her home and acquire an education. By the author of Jew vs. Jew. 40,000 first printing.
Chronicles the efforts of an NPR contributor to read the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z, sharing the humorous and unexpected mishaps that occurred as a result of the endeavor, from changed dynamics in his family relationships to his efforts to join Mensa and win a spot on Jeopardy! By the author of Fractured Fairy Tales. 100,000 first printing.
A humorous portrayal of the sometimes chaotic life of bartending follows the author's experiences as the owner and tender of the bar Passerby, during which he routinely observed his customers' animal behavior, received unorthodox requests, managed difficult regulars, and more.
The comic actor shares personal events that led to his understanding of love and the art of acting, discussing his relationships with such contemporaries as Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, and Gilda Radner.
A spiritual guide shares humorous and inspirational advice on how to manage with grace in today's world of terrorism, while caring for aging parents and children simultaneously, and in the face of environmental threats.
Follows the story of Robert FitzRoy, the captain of the HMS Beagle, who enlisted Charles Darwin as a companion for a journey originally intended to return natives to their homeland and whose fundamentalist views clashed with those of Darwin, who made his famous discoveries during the voyage. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Presents a collection of interviews with music, film, and sports celebrities who discuss their experiences of addiction to drugs and alcohol, and the treatment plans and therapies that successfully helped them to recover.
A portrait of the civil rights pioneer and minister father of Aretha Franklin describes his passionate, LP-recorded sermons; explores rumors about his alcoholism, extramarital affairs, and illegitimate children; and considers his life as a reflection of the rise of the American black church.
The former White House spokesperson shares the leadership lessons he learned under America's first CEO president and discusses such topics as the 2000 election and the inner workings of the White House press corps.
Loosely based on the author's life, chronicles Craig's journey from childhood to adulthood, exploring the people, experiences, and beliefs that he encountered along the way.
Describes the complex life of Jewish writer Lev Nussimbaum, detailing his birth into a wealthy Jewish family, his transformation into a Muslim prince, his success as an author in Nazi Germany, and his premature death.