A vivid first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights meditates in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
The drummer for the Grammy Award-winning group The Roots, which also serves as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, discusses a historical range of musical artists as well as African American art, hip hop, culture and philosophy. 40,000 first printing.
Marco Roth grew up on New York's Upper West Side in a lost post-war world of high European culture. His liberal Jewish family put an intense emphasis on the life of the mind in a way that sometimes felt more like the 1890s than the 1980s. In his memoir, Roth struggles to understand how his upbringing both liberated and, as he puts it, "thwarted" him. He also reflects on his father's death from AIDS and the probability that his father was secretly gay.
David Foster Wallace had an extraordinary impact on American writing; when he committed suicide in 2008, U.S. literature lost one of its most influential living writers. D.T. Max takes a deeply researched look at the writer's life and work, drawing on conversations with family and friends, as well as hundreds of unpublished letters, manuscripts and audio recordings.
Growing up in the Dominican Republic, author and poet Julia Alvarez says, she was taught to view neighboring Haiti with suspicion. But because of a promise made one night, Haiti, and a particular Haitian boy named Piti, would become ingrained in her heart — so much so that she would find herself smuggling Piti out of Haiti with his new family, and then finding her way back there after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Craig Brown collects stories of true encounters between famous and infamous individuals, including the unlikely meetings of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Lloyd Wright, Michael Jackson and Nancy Reagan, and Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler.
Mark Lee Gardner tells the hour-by-hour story of the James-Younger gang's last robbery, the ensuing manhunt and the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River.
The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
The era and the city that built the book publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux is revealed through the stories of two men: founder-owner Roger Straus, the pugnacious black sheep of his powerful German-Jewish family, and his utter opposite, the reticent, closeted editor Robert Giroux.
Traces the author's coming-of-age quest to play golf in each of the lower forty-eight states, sharing his experiences on courses ranging from a Flint, Michigan, municipal site to the manicured greens of Pebble Beach.
The author of The Rose of Martinique presents a history of the interdependence of sugar, slavery and colonial settlement in the New World through the story of the author's ancestors, exploring the myriad connections between sugar cultivation and her family's identity, genealogy and financial stability.
Recounts the murder of the author's mother in September 2001 and explores the crime against a backdrop of a shattering national tragedy and the author's efforts to distance himself from the legendary Tombstone, Arizona, of his youth.