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Goddess

Goddess

The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe

by Anthony Summers

Paperback, 656 pages, Gardners Books, $16.95, published August 10 2000 | purchase
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Ramblin' Man

Ramblin' Man

The Life And Times of Woody Guthrie

by Ed Cray

Paperback, 488 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $17.95, published March 1 2006 | purchase
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  • The Life And Times of Woody Guthrie
  • Ed Cray

The life and career of the most recognized and beloved folk musician of the twentieth century are recalled here, with details of his hobo days as well as his marriage, his "subversive" activities, and his eventual death from Huntingdon's Disease. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

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George Szell

George Szell

A Life of Music

by Michael Charry

Hardcover, 412 pages, Univ of Illinois Pr, $35, published June 1 2011 | purchase
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The first full biography of George Szell, one of the greatest orchestra and opera conductors of the twentieth century. From child prodigy pianist and composer to world-renowned conductor, Szell's career spanned seven decades, and he led most of the great orchestras and opera companies of the world.

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This Land Is Your Land

This Land Is Your Land

Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song

by Robert Santelli and Nora Guthrie

Hardcover, 252, [3] p., Perseus Books Group, $24, published March 13 2012 | purchase
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With rare photographs, a removable poster, and original interviews with many music icons, an account of the creation of America's most celebrated folk song also details Guthrie's journey from Oklahoma to New York in 1940.

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Hitless Wonder

Hitless Wonder

A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll

by Joe Oestreich

Paperback, 293 pages, Lyons Press, $16.95, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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  • A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll
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Watershed's Joe Oestreich reflects on his band's flirtation with success in the '80s, followed by the loss of a record deal and a continuing effort to make music despite failing in the industry.

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The Fan Who Knew Too Much

The Fan Who Knew Too Much

Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations

by Anthony Heilbut

Hardcover, 354 pages, Knopf, $30, published June 19 2012 | purchase
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  • Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations
  • Anthony Heilbut

An exploration of American culture celebrates subjects ranging from the birth of the soap opera and the obsessiveness of modern fandom to the outing of gay church members and the influence of German exiles.

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Black by Design

Black by Design

A 2-Tone Memoir

by Pauline Black

Paperback, 389 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $18.95, published June 12 2012 | purchase
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The lead singer for the band The Selecter looks back on 30 years in the male-dominated music industry, and recounts more personal stories — about being mixed-race, being adopted by a white couple, and tracing her biological roots.

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When I Left Home

When I Left Home

My Story

by David Ritz and Buddy Guy

Hardcover, 280 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26, published May 8 2012 | purchase
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  • David Ritz and Buddy Guy

A great blues guitarist chronicles his eventful life, from his modest upbringing in rural Louisiana to his rise to prominence in the Chicago blues scene to his becoming a lasting influence on famous musicians.

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Fear of Music

Fear of Music

by Jonathan Lethem

Paperback, 141 pages, Continuum Intl Pub Group, $12.95, published April 26 2012 | purchase
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Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV

by Warren Littlefield and T. R. Pearson

Hardcover, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
  • Warren Littlefield and T. R. Pearson

An oral history of a definitive era in television pays tribute to the producers, actors, and programs that established new understandings of broadcast networking, sharing insider perspectives on how NBC subsequently lost its dominant standing.

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A Natural Woman

A Natural Woman

A Memoir

by Carole King

Paperback, 488 pages, Grand Central Pub, $16.99, published February 12 2013 | purchase
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The legendary, award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist tells her life story — beginning with her childhood in Brooklyn, through her marriage to co-writer Gerry Goffin, her experiences as a mother, and what it was like to write and record Tapestry.NPR Bestseller

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Final Jeopardy

Final Jeopardy

The Story of Watson, The Computer That Will Transform Our World

by Stephen Baker

Paperback, 268 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published March 27 2012 | purchase
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  • The Story of Watson, The Computer That Will Transform Our World
  • Stephen Baker

Follows the quest of a team of scientists to develop a computer so intelligent that it can beat the best of champions in the "Jeopardy" quiz show.

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Chinaberry Sidewalks

Chinaberry Sidewalks

by Rodney Crowell

Paperback, 259 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 13 2012 | purchase
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Recounts the author's experiences on frontier Houston as the only child of an alcoholic father and epileptic fanatical mother, describing a coming-of-age marked by honky-tonk barroom brawls, apocalyptic hurricanes and wild improvisations in the face of unpaid bills.

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