Recounts the author's marriage to a man she subsequently discovered had been brutally abused as a child, her terror in the face of his escalating attacks on her, and her efforts to escape the marriage when she realized that her husband might kill her.
Evaluates the ways in which the mid-twentieth-century novelist reflected American culture and influenced literature, in a portrait that includes coverage of her relationships with such contemporaries as Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, and James Dickey.
The stunning portrait of the first female cabinet member and one of the most influential women of the twentieth century who, over the twelve years beginning in 1933, spearheaded the fight to improve the lives of America's working people with ideas that became some of the most important employment laws in the nation's history.
The first full and unforgettable portrait of the life of John Cheever shows us a soul in conflict: high-school dropout, dire alcoholic, secret bisexual who struggled with his longings and fierce homophobia, and a man who concealed his deeply-rooted anxieties while becoming one of the most iconic literary figures of our time.
Traces the life of the eminent writer's reclusive sister from their controversial intimacy and her relationship with his close friend, Coleridge, to her inspiration of some of their best works and her own achievements as a writer. 10,000 first printing.
The author describes how she moved across the country in an attempt to build a new life for her four daughters, only to have her two teenage daughters run away, her frantic struggle to find the missing girls, and her efforts to rebuild their relationship.
Traces the author's rise from a youth spent in Brooklyn's Brownsville housing project to a Grammy Award winner and two-time National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, in an account that describes his early family life, the pop culture that inspired his career, and his collaborations with such figures as Spike Lee and Chris Rock.
A cardiologist offers an account of his internship and residency at a busy New York City hospital, detailing the brutal hours in a medical establishment that seems to place patients' concerns last, as well as his own experiences on the other side as a patient himself.
The star of "My Name is Earl" traces her progression from a small Southern hometown girl to Hollywood celebrity, describing how her perspectives have been shaped by her colorful family, regional prejudice, and parenthood.
Relates the life of an African American inmate, sentenced to death for taking part in a robbery in which a victim was killed, and for whom opponents of the death penalty spent twelve years unsuccessfuly trying to have the case reviewed and his sentence overturned.
The actress describes her life after she moved with her husband, Josiah, and her two young sons from New York City to Oberlin, Ohio, where her husband got a teaching job, and how he left her and the children a few months later.
The English television personality reveals his struggles to become a successful comedian, discussing his troubled childhood, his addiction to drugs, sex, and alcohol, his mental illness, and his recovery aided by the support of his family and friends.
The author provides an insider's account of the fiercely competitive world of professional chess, describing his own experiences as a troubled child prodigy, marked by his parents' divorce, who spent his weekends in the chess epicenter of Greenwich Village.
Combines speeches by Barack Obama—from his announcement that he was running for president to his inaugural address—with articles from "Essence" on his family and his historic campaign, photographs, and quotations from voters.