"A poignant, surreal, and fearlessly honest look at growing up on one of the most secretive weapons installations on earth, by a young woman who came of age with missiles. The China Lake missile range is located in a huge stretch of the Mojave Desert, about the size of the state of Delaware. It was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were Karen Piper's parents, her sister, and—when she needed summer jobs—herself. Her dad designed the Sidewinder, which was ultimately used catastrophically in Vietnam. When her mom got tired of being a stay-at-home mom, she went to work on the Tomahawk. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, and set off down a Los Angeles freeway. Traffic was heavy, and so she stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper sketches in the belief systems—from Amway's get-rich schemes to propaganda in The Rocketeer to evangelism, along with fears of a Lemurian takeover and Charles Manson—that governed their lives. Her memoir is also a search for the truth of the past and what really brought her parents to China Lake with two young daughters, a story that reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe. Finally, it recounts the crossroads moment in a young woman's life when she finally found a way out of a culture of secrets and fear, and out of the desert."—Provided by publisher.
The founder of Sire records recounts his career in music, detailing how he has discovered such influential artists as Madonna, The Ramones, Lou Reed, the Talking Heads, The Smiths, and Ice-T.
The diary of a still-imprisoned Guantanamo detainee traces the events that led to his imprisonment, his firsthand experiences and his ongoing incarceration in spite of a federal judge's order for his release.
The author of Bleaker House traces the impossible romance between mid-19th-century Brontë biographer Elizabeth Gaskell and much-younger American critic Charles Eliot Norton, exploring how the PhD-candidate author drew literary and personal inspiration from their relationship.
From her marriage at the age of 20, until her divorce, this snapshot of Colette's life focuses on her formative years. Incredibly complex, powerfully determined, truly gifted, Colette challenged herself to reinvent her life and assert herself as a free woman.
Chronicles the author's three years of captivity by Somali pirates, offering an exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival in the process.
The author chronicles her quest to find and save her charismatic, troubled and elusive father, a self-mythologizing Mexican immigrant who travels across continents—and across the borders between imagination and reality—fleeing real and invented persecutors. A PEN America Literary Award winner.
The star of such productions as Waiting for Guffman shares insider perspectives on a life in entertainment, discussing the art of acting, her relationships with revered directors, and the therapeutic activities that enrich her life.
Recounts the author's experiences growing up as a creative, sensitive gay black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish his humanity.
More than 200 of the anti-apartheid champion's letters, written during his 27-year incarceration, convey his perspectives on such subjects as his wife's imprisonment, the death of his son, and human rights. Edited by Sahm Venter.
A follow-up to the National Book Award-shortlisted Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys relates the death of the counterculture musician's mother during her first memoir's launch party, her discovery of a mysterious bag of personal items her mother intended to discard and her explorations of sex, aging and feminism in the early 21st century.
Drawing on her own experience of attempting to live with pleasure, value and meaning, the two-time Booker Prize finalist, in a "living autobiography," critiques the roles that society assigns to us and reflects on the politics of breaking with the usual gendered rituals.
The author recalls his life as a controversial leading evangelical minister, with a focus on three turning points in his life: his conversion to Christianity, his turn to a politicized faith, and his later return to the purity of the Gospel.
The author of An Anatomy of Addiction traces the story of brothers Harvey and Will Kellogg, one of whom became a revered doctor and founder of the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium, the other of whom founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which eventually became General Mills.
Presents a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States. 150,000 first printing.
Combines biography and memoir in a collaborative portrait of the visionary filmmaker, artist and creator of Twin Peaks that draws on Lynch's own contributions as well as those of his closest colleagues, friends and family members.
The Wall Street and Silicon Valley Hive reporter presents an insider's account of the Trump family that discusses the experiences and perspectives that have shaped their controversial political and cultural views as well as the upbringings of the family's younger members. 150,000 first printing. Media tie-in.