A compendium of true American life stories, drawn from an ambitious oral history project, features pieces representing every walk of life from all fifty states, in a nation-wide and thematically arranged celebration of the nation's shared humanity. 75,000 first printing.
Traces the author's ideological ambitions before becoming a wedding photographer, describing her haphazard experiences with an unsavory assemblage of bridezillas, unfaithful grooms, drunken in-laws, and more. 20,000 first printing.
An insider's account of the Republican election machine reveals the practices of libel, spin, and misrepresentation that have affected campaign outcomes throughout the past decade, and traces how the author landed in federal prison for fraud.
An evocative memoir of family and growing up in the tough, violent world of Baltimore in the 1980s chronicles the relationship between the author and his father, a Vietnam vet and Black Panther affiliate, and his steadfast, if sometimes eccentric, campaign to keep his sons from falling victim to the seductive temptations of the streets. 40,000 first printing.
A gay New York Times Styles columnist describes his misadventures with managing his widowed octogenarian father's dating life, an effort marked by his attempts to screen prospects, his father's obsession with bridge, and the author's own quest for love. 30,000 first printing.
Evaluates the powerful influence of pop music on the author's coming-of-age years, describing how music defined her early life while conversely providing her an escape from her own realities.
The author describes coming of age in a disintegrating hometown in a troubled family during the 1970s, and the professional baseball players who become his role models and the game that becomes his security and source of meaning throughout childhood and adolescence.
In a thoughtful memoir, the wife of vice-presidential candidate John Edwards offers an inspirational account of the role and significance of community in her life, from growing up as the daughter of a Navy pilot and her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, to the 1996 death of their teenage son and her own battle with breast cancer. 125,000 first printing.
Describes the author's efforts to come to terms with abilities that cause her to remember events and details with complete recall, in a memoir that also relates her participation in extensive scientific studies.
The author describes growing up as the politically active daughter of Italian working-class Communists, her love affair with Bob Dylan and its disintegration, and her memories of a time of dramatic change and possibility.