The frontman of indie band The Airborne Toxic Event reveals his upbringing in the infamous Church of Synanon cult, where he endured poverty, addiction and emotional abuse before slowly working his way toward college and a music career.
"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people "the art of being fearless." It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports-some released only recently-Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick Lindemann. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today's political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when-in the face of unrelenting horror-Churchill's eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."—
A memoir by the Somali-American Muslim Congresswoman describes her early experiences as a refugee and immigrant student, exploring the roles of her patriotism, friendships and faith on her resolve to restore moral compassion throughout Washington, D.C.
The award-winning author of The Last Illusion presents a collection of essays that draws on his personal experiences to explore the realities of the Iranian-American immigration experience in the post-9/11 era of Donald Trump. Original.
The best-selling author of Angler and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist reveals how he has been chillingly targeted for his role in helping Edward Snowden, sharing firsthand insights into today's surveillance-industrial revolution and the fight for personal privacy. Illustrations.
How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works: A True Story
The TV anchor takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news, looking to discover a way to happiness.
An award-winning doctor and former college athlete recounts his battle with a rare health disorder that compelled his work with world-class scientists to find a cure, describing how he became a driven advocate for patients with under-researched diseases. Illustrations.
The closest friend of Philip Roth, also a noted writer, describes their lives and friendship as the pair experienced the happiness and sadness of aging together, reflected on writing and brightened each others' days.
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.
Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Origins of French Cooking
A hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive account of the author's adventures, in the world of French haute cuisine, for anyone whose ever found joy in cooking and eating food with their family — from the author of the bestselling Heat.
A raw and riveting memoir-in-pieces about food, family and opportunities both taken and missed also includes a selection of recipes. (biography & autobiography).
The award-winning TIME Magazine national political correspondent presents an intimate portrait of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that illuminates her leadership, less-recognized career accomplishments and her decisions throughout Donald Trump's impeachment. Illustrations.