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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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  • 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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Marbles

Marbles

Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me

by Ellen Forney

Paperback, 248 pages, Gotham, $20, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me
  • Ellen Forney

An artist describes her bipolar disorder diagnosis and her struggles with mental stability while discussing other artists and creative people throughout history who were also labeled as "crazy" — including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sylvia Plath.

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The Entertainer

The Entertainer

Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century

by Margaret Talbot

Paperback, 418 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published November 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century
  • Margaret Talbot

Margaret Talbot's new book traces the rise of popular entertainment over the past 100 years as reflected by the career of her father, actor Lyle Talbot, who worked as a traveling performer before advancing to regular roles in film and television.

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Oddly Normal

Oddly Normal

One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality

by John Schwartz

Paperback, 300 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality
  • John Schwartz

New York Times correspondent John Schwartz recounts his efforts to help his son feel less alone as a gay teenager.

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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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  • Da Vinci's Ghost
  • 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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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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  • 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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