The definitive biography of an important American cultural intellectual of the twentieth century—Ralph Ellison, author of the masterpiece Invisible Man. In 1953, Ellison's explosive story of a young black man's search for truth and identity catapulted him to national prominence. Ellison earned many honors, but his failure to publish a second novel, despite years of striving, haunted him for the rest of his life. Rampersad, the first scholar given complete access to Ellison's papers, provides a complex portrait of an unusual artist and human being. This biography describes a man of magnetic personality who counted Saul Bellow, Langston Hughes, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wright, Richard Wilbur, Albert Murray, and John Cheever among his closest friends; aman whose life and art were shaped mainly by his unyielding desire to produce magnificent art and by his resilient faith in the moral and cultural strength of America.—From publisher description.A study of the life, work, and influence of Ralph Ellison details his poverty-stricken Oklahoma youth, his education and involvement in New York's liberal intellectual circles, his personal relationships, and the influence of racism on his life.
An exploration of the ironic parallels between the lives of music greats Jeff Buckley and his father Tim draws comparisons of the musical eras (the 1960s and the 1990s) in which they worked and the forces that led to their tragic deaths. Reprint.
A profile of Michael May, a man blinded by a chemical explosion at the age of three, describes his life as a CIA analyst, champion skier, entrepreneur, and family man, who is offered a rare chance to see once again through stem-cell transplant surgery.
A popular Nashville songwriter presents a lyrical, poignant, and whimsical memoir of growing up in Auburndale, Florida, sharing his memories of his childhood, playing rock 'n' roll in the Deep South of the early 1960s, his search for his true calling, and his decision to move to Nashville to pursue a career as a professional songwriter at age twenty-three.
An award-winning writer describes how she avoided becoming pregnant for some fifteen years due to a variety of circumstances and the transforming journey that ensued when she eventually elected to become a mother.
The authors share their never-before-told story of romance, resilience, and survival following Bob's traumatic brain injury after an improvised explosive device went off near the tank that he was riding in while covering a story in Iraq.
The author chronicles a year during which he struggled to grow his own food, live peaceably with volatile neighbors, and fix his pickup truck, at a time when he also fell in love and befriended a paraplegic and quadriplegic biker team.
Nemat tells the heart-pounding story of her life as a young girl in Iran during the early days of Ayatollah Khomeini's brutal Islamic Revolution—arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death for "political crimes."—From publisher description.