One of the bad boys of the 1986 World Series-winning New York Mets discusses his life, from his Atlanta childhood with his alcoholic, womanizing father, through his baseball career, self-destructive drug binges, and experience on "Celebrity Rehab."
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.
Aleksandar Hemon pays tribute to the two cities of his youth: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he spent his time poking at the pretensions of the city's elders; and Chicago, where he started a new life after Sarajevo came under siege.
Christa and Cara Parravani were identical twins. When they were 28, Cara died of a drug overdose and Christa spiraled into depression. In Her, Christa tells the story of what happened before and after the death of a twin both beloved and impossible to save.
Sonali Deraniyagala lost her husband, parents and two young sons in the terrifying Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. They had been vacationing on the southern coast of her home country, Sri Lanka, when the wave struck. Wave is her brutal but lyrically written account of the awful moment and the grief-crazed months after, as she learned to live with her almost unbearable losses — and allow herself to remember details of her previous life.
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 true story of obsessive love turning to obsessive hate, Give Me Everything You Have chronicles the author's harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student whose campaign of hate mail, violently anti-Semitic online postings and false public accusations were orchestrated to destroy his professional and personal life.
Traces the lives of the Chopra brothers from India to the United States, where they both excelled in healing, one as a world-renowned spiritual teacher, the other as a professor at Harvard Medical School.
From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
Draws on the careers of five renowned scientists including Charles Darwin, William Thomson, Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle and Albert Einstein to reveal the important roles of their mistakes in advancing science, from Pauling's error in his model of DNA molecule structure to Hoyle's dismissal of the "Big Bang" theory.
A few years back, journalist Sally Koslow was settling into an empty nest. Her two 20-something sons had been launched out of the house and into the wider world. Then, suddenly and unexpectedly, her sons landed back home and she found herself parenting two dependent adult children. She was startled to learn that her family was part of a much larger trend; according to the Pew Research Center, one-fifth of young adults ages 25 to 34 live in multigenerational households. In Slouching Toward Adulthood, Koslow draws on interviews with other parents and their grown children to assess the employment, monetary and social aspects of prolonged dependency — a phase that she calls "adultescence."
The story of the making of The Mary Tyler Moore Show offers insight into how the show reflected changing American perspectives and was the first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers.
A former Newsweek foreign correspondent describes how the ongoing deception he lived with as a teenager after learning his father was a spy for the CIA led him to a career in uncovering truths around the world.
Richard Rubin presents interviews with the last remaining World War I veterans, aged 101 to 113, to paint a picture of a time and a generation that, despite memorials and history lessons, is quickly fading away.
The Top Chef: Masters winner and James Beard Award-winning proprietor of Harlem's Red Rooster traces his Ethiopian birth, upbringing by an adoptive family in Sweden and rise to a famous New York chef, sharing personal insights into his challenges as a black man in a deeply prejudiced industry.
Four men, including the author's politician father, a pilot, a cop and a handcuffed criminal, fight to stay alive in the northern Alberta wilderness after surviving a commuter plane crash that killed six others.
The head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers traces the life experiences and philosophies that inspired his championship-winning techniques. He cites his relationships with such players as Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Kobe Bryant, while describing how he forged successful teams by combining talents and promoting trust.
Based on her blog, Jenny Rosenstrach's cookbook memoir makes clear that family dinner does not have to be perfect. With recipes for home cooks at any level, she captures the frenetic nature and craziness of dinner and reveals how to break down the meal so that families can enjoy good food and simply be together.
In 1966, a military coup overthrew Ghana's first president. At the time, John Dramani Mahama was 7 years old and his father, a minister in the government, disappeared and was imprisoned for more than a year. Today, Mahama is the vice president of Ghana. Mahama's memoir recounts his urban life with his father and his rural experiences in his mother's village.