Shares true stories from Hollywood's history of celebrities under the influence, including Ava Gardner's habit of water skiing to the set of "Night of the Iguana" with a cocktail in hand, as well as quotations and cocktail recipes.
A rollicking memoir by the legendary Monty Python comic traces his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble origins and early collaborations with Graham Chapman through his uproarious achievements in multiple venues.
A graphic memoir by a long-time New Yorker cartoonist celebrates the final years of her aging parents' lives through cartoons, family photos and documents that reflect the artist's struggles with caregiver challenges.
Draws upon interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals and screenplay drafts to trace Richard Pryor's journey from his rough childhood to his ascent in the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s — and his struggles with drugs and fame.
A veteran Iranian journalist explains how the 1979 revolution inadvertently created a booming middle class that yearns for more personal freedom than ever before, and also more contact with the outside world.
Strong Inside is the dramatic, untold story of Perry Wallace, a brilliant student and talented athlete who became the first African-American basketball player in the SEC at Vanderbilt University during the tumultuous late 1960s. The fast-paced, richly detailed biography places Wallace's struggles and ultimate success into the larger contexts of civil rights and race relations in the South.
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the release of Purple Rain, a former senior editor of Rolling Stone offers a complete history of the making of both the popular film and the best-selling soundtrack album of the same name.
The first complete biography about this remarkable singer's life reveals the challenges she confronted, from her growing up poor in a Pennsylvania coal mining town to her rise as a bebop singer in Detroit and New York City during the 1950s to her work as a recording artist and performer under the influence of and in performance with such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk. Jordan's views as a woman living the jazz life in an era of racial and gender discrimination while surrounded by those often struggling with the twin evils of alcohol and drug abuse are skillfully woven into the tapestry of the tale she tells.
Draws on extensive interviews and years of study to trace the story of Jorge Mario Bergoglio while sharing insights into how he will use papal influence to bridge challenging intersections between faith and politics.
The influential singer's road manager retraces Joplin's breakout performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, pivotal career decisions, appearance at Woodstock, attendance at her high-school reunion, and tragic final days.
After finding a collection of her grandfather's letters, a journalist begins a search for the fate of the love he left behind in prewar Vienna six months after the Nazis took Austria.
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. The Art of Asking will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.