Society & Culture
The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation
by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
published by Vanguard Press
The Michael Jackson Tapes is not about Michael Jackson. This book is the soul and essence of Michael Jackson, an extraordinarily gifted but broken human being. What makes it revelatory, insightful, and remarkable is the source: more than thirty hours of intimate taped conversations that took place from 2000-2001 between Michael Jackson and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot
by Bruce and Andrea Leininger with Ken Gross
published by Grand Central Publishing
This is the story of James Leininger, who-- a little more than two weeks after his second birthday-- began having blood-curdling nightmares that just would not stop. When James began screaming out recurring phrases like, "Plane on fire! Little man can't get out!" the Leiningers finally admitted that they truly had to take notice.
The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts
by Tom Farley, Jr. and Tanner Colby
published by Penguin Books
After his star-making turn on Saturday Night Live and three straight number-one hit movies, Chris Farley's overdose at the age of thirty-three seemed like just another sad Hollywood story of indulgence and excess -- and an eerie parallel to the fate of his idol, John Belushi.
Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans
by Roland Laird and Taneshia Nash Laird, Illustrations by Elihu "Adofo" Bey
published by Sterling
Still I Rise is a critically acclaimed work with an impressive scope: the entire history of Black America, told in an accessible graphic-novel form.
The Elvis Encyclopedia
by Adam Victor
published by Overlook Press
Adam Victor, author of the bestselling The Marilyn Encyclopedia, sifts through the competing versions of events throughout Elvis's life and traces a young man's path to immortality.
Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season
by Nick Heil
published by Henry Holt
On May 15, 2006, a young British climber named David Sharp lay dying near the top of Mount Everest while forty other climbers walked past him on their way to the summit.
The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History
by Michael A. Stusser
published by Penguin
Ever wanted to ask Napoléon about his complex for Van Gogh about the whole ear episode? How about asking Thomas Jefferson about his hypocritical slavery stance or if Frida might consider a brow wax? Here's your chance! In The Dead Guy Interviews.
Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power
by Marcus Mabry
published by Rodale
Perhaps no American leader is better known and less understood than Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Beyond the dramatic story of her past -- her ascent from segregated Alabama to the halls of power -- and the controversy of her present, little is known about her as a woman.
Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots
by Editors of Reader's Digest
published by Reader's Digest
Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots is a collection of articles the Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote for Reader's Digest from 1954 to 1991. Haley's stories are timeless, as powerful and relevant today as when they were first written.
Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution
by David A. Clary
published by Bantam
In Adopted Son, historian David A. Clary tells the exciting story of possibly the most important friendship in American history. Bringing together the latest research, this dramatic narrative interweaves the private and public lives of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, who did together what neither could have done alone.
Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson
by Peter Ames Carlin
published by Rodale
Their sound registers in a wave crashing on an empty beach; in the four-on-the-floor squeal of a tricked-out roadster; in a prom-night kiss. For more than four decades, their music has defined what it means to be young, to be ambitious, to be American. But how well do you really know the Beach Boys?
Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back, Challenged Conventional Wisdom, and Became America's Olympic Champion
by Michael Silver with Natalie Coughlin
published by Rodale
When Natalie Coughlin burst into the world's living rooms in the summer of 2004, twice striking gold in Athens in the midst of the most prolific performance in a single Olympics by any American woman, she looked like the quintessential champion.
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
by Melanie Rehak
published by Harcourt
Melanie Rehak will send you back to your old Nancy Drews -- but thanks to Girl Sleuth you'll never read them the same way again.
The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley
by Leslie Berlin
published by Oxford University Press
Hailed as the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford of Silicon Valley, Robert Noyce was a brilliant inventor, a leading entrepreneur, and a daring risk taker who piloted his own jets and skied mountains accessible only by helicopter. Now, in The Man Behind the Microchip, Leslie Berlin captures not only this colorful individual but also the vibrant interplay of technology, business, money, politics, and culture that defines Silicon Valley.