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Fiction Ruined My Family

Fiction Ruined My Family

by Jeanne Darst

Paperback, 303 pages, Riverhead Trade, $16, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Jeanne Darst

A deeply funny and bittersweet memoir of having grown up in an eccentric family of faded wealth and gentility in which the father's failed dreams of being a writer put the family in the poor-house, drove the mother to weepy alcoholism and provided author Jeanne Darst with a highly unusual approach to life — and a wicked sense of humor.

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Da Vinci's Ghost

Da Vinci's Ghost

Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image

by Toby Lester

Paperback, 275 pages, Free Press, $16, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
  • Toby Lester

Da Vinci's Ghost recounts the intellectual journey behind the creation of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and how the drawing represents the momentous period in Western history when the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance.

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Elsewhere

Elsewhere

A Memoir

by Richard Russo

Paperback, 246 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Richard Russo

Richard Russo delivers an upbeat, personal account of his youth and the 1950s upstate New York town his family struggled to escape. He recounts the encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams his mother instilled that inspired his career.NPR Bestseller

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The Richard Burton Diaries

The Richard Burton Diaries

by Richard Burton and Chris Williams

Paperback, 693 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $22, published July 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Richard Burton and Chris Williams

Actor Richard Burton was a lifelong diary-keeper and his journals chronicle his experiences from 1939 to 1983. A compilation of those entries, edited by Chris Williams, reveals Burton's struggles with weight, drinking and jealousy — especially with respect to his wife, Elizabeth Taylor.

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Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin

The Life And The Legend

by Susan Orlean

Paperback, 324 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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  • The Life And The Legend
  • Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture. NPR Bestseller

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Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut

Letters

by Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Wakefield

Paperback, 436 pages, Random House Inc, $20, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Wakefield

This compilation of personal correspondences written over a 60-year period contains Kurt Vonnegut's letters to family, friends, fans and critics — including previously unpublished material. The collection offers insight into the iconic American author's literary personality, his experiences as a German POW, his struggles with fame and the inspirations for his famous books.

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God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked

God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F- - - - -

Tales Of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, And Other Mind-altering Mayhem

by Darrell Hammond

Paperback, 328 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published November 8 2011 | purchase
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  • Tales Of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, And Other Mind-altering Mayhem
  • Darrell Hammond

This candid, no-holds-barred glimpse into the troubled life of the longest- tenured cast member of Saturday Night Live reveals a man, haunted by abuse, who fought for both his sobriety and sanity to become an American comic genius.

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How I Got This Way

How I Got This Way

by Regis Philbin

Paperback, 436 pages, HarperLuxe, $25.99, published December 6 2011 | purchase
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  • Regis Philbin

A beloved TV icon shares the secrets to success and happiness as he has learned them from his innumerable celebrity encounters, friendships and relationships with his loving wife and family.

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Escape Velocity

Escape Velocity

A Charles Portis Miscellany

by Charles Portis

Hardcover, 358 pages, Univ of Arkansas Pr, $27.95, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • A Charles Portis Miscellany
  • Charles Portis

Escape Velocity is a new collection of pieces by Arkansas novelist Charles Portis, best known for his 1968 Western, True Grit. The collection is edited by Jay Jennings.

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Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

A Life

by Penelope Niven

Hardcover, 832 pages, HarperCollins, $39.99, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • A Life
  • Penelope Niven

Drawn from thousands of pages of letters, journals, manuscripts and other documents, this biography of playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder explores his public persona, his private relationships and his complicated family.

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Running Ransom Road

Running Ransom Road

Confronting The Past, One Marathon At A Time

by Caleb Daniloff

Paperback, 233 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Confronting The Past, One Marathon At A Time
  • Caleb Daniloff

A now-sober alcoholic documents his 18-month effort to run marathons in the cities where he lived during his self-destructive days. Reflecting on the redemptive benefits of running, he shares his own journey and learns the stories of fellow addicts who pursued similar dreams.

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And So It Goes

And So It Goes

Kurt Vonnegut: A Life

by Charles J. Shields

Paperback, 515 pages, St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Kurt Vonnegut: A Life
  • Charles J. Shields

An authorized portrait of the influential twentieth-century American writer draws on first-person accounts and Vonnegut's private letters while offering insight into his youth, the inspirations for his work, and his enduring literary impact.

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Wild

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Cheryl Strayed

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.NPR Bestseller

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Who I Am

Who I Am

A Memoir

by Pete Townshend

Hardcover, 538 pages, HarperCollins, $32.50, published October 8 2012 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Pete Townshend

The rock 'n' roll legend and founding member of The Who presents a candid biography that reveals his struggles with drugs, sex and the ghosts of his troubled past, while detailing the band's meteoric rise to international fame and fortune.NPR Bestseller

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Waging Heavy Peace

Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

by Neil Young

Paperback, 502 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • A Hippie Dream
  • Neil Young

Neil Young presents the story of his career against a backdrop of 40 years of history. He discusses such topics as his collaborations with fellow artists, his creative process and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School.NPR Bestseller

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Joseph Anton

A Memoir

by Salman Rushdie

Paperback, 656 pages, Random House, $18, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Salman Rushdie

In 1988, Salman Rushdie published a novel, The Satanic Verses, that many Muslims declared to be offensive, whether they'd read it or not. In 1989, Iran's leader issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling for the death of the author and anyone associated with the book's publication. Bounties were offered and translators and others were attacked, some even murdered. Rushdie, who was born in India but lived in England at the time, went into hiding. Joseph Anton is his memoir of that experience.NPR Bestseller

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Mortality

Mortality

by Christopher Hitchens

Hardcover, 128 pages, Twelve, $22.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Christopher Hitchens

Mortality traces the author's battle with esophageal cancer — as he continued to write columns on politics and culture for Vanity Fair -- and describes his views on life and death.NPR Bestseller

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The John Lennon Letters

The John Lennon Letters

by John Lennon and Hunter Davies

Hardcover, 392 pages, Little, Brown & Co, $29.99, published October 9 2012 | purchase
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  • John Lennon and Hunter Davies

Published together for the first time, this collection of letters to family, friends, lovers and complete strangers from the beloved Beatle offers an intimate look into the personality and mind of one of popular music's most revered artists.

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The Gershwins and Me

The Gershwins and Me

A Personal History in Twelve Songs

by Michael Feinstein

Hardcover, 351 pages, Simon & Schuster, $45, published October 16 2012 | purchase
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  • A Personal History in Twelve Songs
  • Michael Feinstein

A five-time Grammy nominee presents an illustrated tribute to the lives and legacies of the Gershwins that is presented through the stories of 12 of their most enduring songs, including "Strike Up the Band" and "Love Is Here to Stay," in a volume that is complemented by a CD of original recordings.

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