An intimate debut memoir by the Grammy Award-winning artist who famously played "Officer Clemmons" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood traces his Oberlin College music studies, his embrace of his sexual orientation and his life-changing chance encounter with Fred Rogers. Illustrations.
Presents a humorous, heartfelt memoir from the daughter of the woman who ran Sticky Fingers Brownies, an underground bakery that distributed thousands of marijuana brownies per month and helped provide medical marijuana to AIDS patients in San Francisco. (biography & autobiography). 40,000 first printing. Illustrations.
An award-winning Polish journalist, traveling across four continents, visits the kitchens of the 20th century's most infamous dictators, providing a knife's-edge view of what it was like to be behind the scenes at some of the turning points of the last century.
The internationally famous style icon traces her decades-long career as a successful designer of accessibly priced, rule-breaking clothing, in a personal portrait that includes coverage of her celebrity collaborations, iconic pink store line and appearance on Dancing with the Stars. (biography & autobiography). Illustrations.
A Harvard graduate who attended as one of 18 African American recruits in an early affirmative-action program describes how he reconnected with his fellow graduates half a century later to learn their remarkable stories.
Approaching his 30th birthday, Sopan Deb had found comfort in his day job as a writer for the New York Times and a practicing comedian. But his stage material highlighting his South Asian culture only served to mask the insecurities borne from his family history.
The cofounder of NPR's Invisibilia tells the story of a scientist who started over after losing his life's work in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and discusses whether he is a role model or a cautionary tale. 40,000 first printing.
"Effortlessly blending biography, criticism, and memoir, National Book Award-winning poet and best- selling memoirist Mark Doty explores his personal quest for Walt Whitman. Mark Doty has always felt haunted by Walt Whitman's bold, new American voice, and by his equally radical claims about body and soul and what it means to be a self. In What Is the Grass, Doty-a poet, a lover of men, a New Yorker, and an American-keeps company with Whitman and his mutable, landmark work, Leaves of Grass, tracing the resonances between his own experience and the legendary poet's life and work. What is it, then, between us? Whitman asks. Doty's answer is to explore spaces tied to Whitman's life and spaces where he finds the poet's ghost, meditating on desire, love, and the mysterious wellsprings of the poet's enduring work. How does a voice survive death? What Is the Grass is a conversation across time and space, a study of the astonishment one poet finds in the accomplishment of another, and an attempt to grasp Whitman's deeply hopeful vision of humanity"—
Revealing, funny and inspiring, the six-time New York Times bestselling author and former Secretary of State—one of the world's most admired and tireless public servants—reflects on the final stages of her career and how she has blazed her own trail in her later years. 250,000 first printing. Illustrations.
A raw and riveting memoir-in-pieces about food, family and opportunities both taken and missed also includes a selection of recipes. (biography & autobiography).
An Emmy Award-winning original Saturday Night Live writer draws on personal memories and interviews with such contemporaries as Eric Idle and Dave Barry in a cultural memoir that includes discussions of the creative process behind classic skits.
The author of the New York Times best-selling I Can't Date Jesus offers a humorous and insightful essay collection that discusses his struggles with debt and how that impacts every other area of his life. Original. 50,000 first printing.