Yael Kohen gathered stories from more than 100 different comedians, writers and producers for her oral history of women in comedy. Out of this chorus of voices — including the likes of Joan Rivers and Tina Fey — emerges a depiction of the challenges these women confronted, as well the achievements they've earned in spite of them.
A dual portrait of the powerful Cold War Secretary of State and his equally influential brother, the director of the CIA, this book places their lives and accomplishments against the history of their time to offer insight into how they shaped modern beliefs and America's international role.
Hawaiian jazz musician Gabe Baltazar Jr. looks back on his life and career in music. As one of the few Asian Americans to have achieved worldwide fame as a jazz artist, Baltazar has plenty of stories to share — from studio sessions with legends to reflections on becoming one of Hawaii's distinctive musicians.
Kansas City Lightning is the first of two volumes tracing the life of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Crouch draws on interviews with family, peers and collaborators to reveal Charlie Parker's Depression-era childhood and his early career in Kansas City and New York.
An account of the career of New York's one hundred sixth mayor is set against a backdrop of rising Harlem influence and discusses such topics as his humble origins as the son of a barber, the contributions of black leaders, and his perspectives as New York's first black mayor.
The famous atheist and evolutionary biologist, whose work has touched on genes, evolution and religion, offers insight into his own evolution as a man and as a thinker, from his beginnings in Kenya to his intellectual awakening at Oxford.
Jesmyn Ward recounts the loss of five young men in the author's life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the misfortune that can follow those who live in poverty, sharing her experiences of living through the dying as she searches through answers in her community.
Samantha Geimer, "the girl" at the center of the infamous Roman Polanski sexual assault case, breaks a virtual 35-year silence to tell her story and reflect on the events of that day in March 1977 and their lifelong repercussions.
From scouting combines to game-day routines, this account of ordinary life in the NFL brings to light the story of hundreds of everyday, expendable players whose lives, unlike those of their superstar colleagues, aren't captured in high-definition.
A multigenerational memoir by a food writer captures the flavors of the mid-20th-century Soviet experience, tracing her upbringing by an anti-Soviet mother, her witness to the political events that led to the empire's collapse and the parallel food universes of her life that evinced both simple and sumptuous fare.