Draws on the Washington papers from archives at the University of Virginia to chronicle George Washington's military career and presidential years, discussing his struggle to keep an emerging America united and other accomplishments.
Chronicles the efforts of an NPR contributor to read the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z, sharing the humorous and unexpected mishaps that occurred as a result of the endeavor, from changed dynamics in his family relationships to his efforts to join Mensa and win a spot on Jeopardy! By the author of Fractured Fairy Tales. 100,000 first printing.
Reconstructs the largely forgotten life of Canada Lee, a famous black actor, civil rights advocate, and political activist, who was "blacklisted" and buried in the anti-Communist backlash of the McCarthy era.
The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame By His Manager, Friend, and Sometme Adversary
The noted classical music publicist and manager describes his thirty-six-year business relationship with Luciano Pavarotti, following the legendary tenor's extraordinary career in the opera house, on the concert stage, and into the world of mass media and offering a revealing portrait of the superstar in the world of modern classical music. 60,000 first printing.
Using the author's high-school New York City sandlot football team as a metaphor, a portrait of pre-Vietnam war America describes the period's comparatively uncomplicated lifestyle and remembers the symbolic challenges faced by his teammates and coach. By the author of The Nightingale's Song. 75,000 first printing.
The drummer for Semisonic recounts how the band struggled as a trio of misfits before being catapulted into stardom, describes the survival skills they developed, and offers insight into the challenges of the music industry and living a celebrity life.
Traces the rock-and-roll icon's Mississippi birth in 1913, his work as a plantation sharecropper, his tutelage under such blues figures as Charlie Patton and Sonny Boy Williamson, his contributions to electric blues, the physical problems that challenged his career, and more. 12,500 first printing.
The author reflects on the meaning of the soul and what it means to be spiritual, arguing that true "spirituality" lies in how one deals with unexpected and uncomfortable challenges and circumstances, regardless of one's religious background.