New Arrivals - Biography
In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way. Maria's dog, Frieda, roared and charged at almost anyone who came near. But to Maria, Frieda was sweet and loyal, her beloved guard dog and devoted friend. And so Jon quickly realized that to win over Maria, he'd have to gain Frieda's affection as well.
"What you see is what you get with Melissa Gorga. On Real Housewives of New Jersey, viewers love her persona as a beautiful, ambitious woman who has a successful career but also puts family first. In fact, her stable yet sexy marriage to loveable Joe is a welcome antidote to the constant fighting and backbiting on the tv show. Despite the pressure of life in the spotlight, she makes marriage look easy. How does she do it? Melissa's overriding principle: treat your husband like a King. And in response, you'll be treated like a Queen. In Love Italian Style, Melissa shares her (and his) secrets to relationship success--generations-tested old-fashioned advice served up with a sexy twist. To her, the four tenets to a happy marriage are: respect, honesty, loyalty, and passion (underscore passion). By sharing her and Joe's life together--from their first date to still keeping it hot in the bedroom eight years later, Melissa admits that yes, marriage has been a lot of work, but the rewards are ten-fold. And, with her time-tested strategies, couples can "Gorganize" their own relationships, strengthen their bond, and amp up the passion for life-long bliss"-- Provided by publisher.
Presents an endearing love letter to the pet dogs who have enriched the author's life, in a volume that celebrates the laugh-inducing moments, poignant exchanges, and heartfelt farewells shared by her family.
"The only book-length oral history of a Navajo code talker in which the narrator relates his experiences in his own voice and words"--From publisher description.
In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis became the overall record holder on the Appalachian Trail. By hiking 2,181 miles in 46 days -- an average of 47 miles per day -- she became the first female to ever set that mark. But this is not a book about records or numbers; this is a book about endurance and faith, and most of all love. This is her story, in her own words, about how she started this journey with a love for hiking and more significantly a love for her husband, Brew. Together, they fell more in love with one another and with the wilderness.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his longtime cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, share the story of Cheney's thirty-five-year battle with heart disease, providing insight into the incredible medical breakthroughs that have changed cardiac care over the last four decades.
Growing up in Russia, mathematician Edward Frenkel was denied entrance to university to study mathematics because he was Jewish. Yet with the help of his mentors he circumvented the system to become one of the twenty-first century's leading mathematicians. Frenkel now works on one of the biggest ideas to come out of mathematics in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program, considered by many to be a Grand Unified Theory of Mathematics. Love and Math tells the two intertwined stories of amazing mathematics and the adventure of one young man in learning it.
Henry VIII fathered four children who survived childhood, each by a different mother. In The Children of Henry VIII, renowned Tudor historian John Guy tells their stories, returning to the archives and drawing on a vast array of contemporary records, personal letters, ambassadors' reports, and other eyewitness accounts, including the four children's own handwritten letters.
A memoir by the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides about his father--the inspiration for The Great Santini--and a reaffirmation that love can conquer even the meanest of men.
The Emmy Award-winning producer of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! reveals the secrets to Downton Abbey, Sherlock and its other hit programs.
In Last Night at the Viper Room, acclaimed author and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the life and tragic death of acclaimed actor River Phoenix--a teen idol on the fast track to Hollywood royalty who died of a drug overdose in front of West Hollywood's storied club, the Viper Room, at the age of 23. Last Night at the Viper Room explores the young star's life, including his childhood in Venezuela growing up under the aegis of the cultish Children of God. Putting him at the center of a new generation of leading men emerging in the early 1990's--including Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, and Leonardo DiCaprio--Gavin Edwards traces the Academy Award nominee's meteoric rise, couches him in an examination of the 1990s, and illuminates his lasting legacy on Hollywood and popular culture itself.
A full-scale biography of an actress whose career spanned four decades, beginning with the coming of sound and lasting until television in its infancy.
"... memoir about Ben Breedlove, whose videos about his near-death experiences and visions of heaven went viral in 2012, written by his sister Ally Breedlove. On Christmas Day 2011, Ben Breedlove's soul went to heaven. But it wasn't his first time there. Ben suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition that posed a constant risk of sudden death. His condition, a thickening of the heart muscle, worsened over time, leaving him weak and fatigued. It also led Ben to some close calls medically, in particular cardiac arrest on four separate occasions, during which he felt the presence of angels and experienced the perfect peace of heaven. Precocious and warm, Ben was close with his family and two siblings, and forged deep relationships with his friends. He loved to wakeboard and wake surf, and he had dreams of visiting foreign countries around the world. He created the YouTube channels TotalRandomness512 and BreedloveTV, and co-created the channel OurAdvice4You, where he posted videos about everything from dating advice for girls to more serious topics like his spirituality and heart condition. Unbeknownst to his parents and family, Ben created a two-part video called "This Is My Story," in which he used flashcards to tell the world about his near-death experiences and his beckoning toward heaven. When he died a short while later, at the tender age of eighteen, his family and the rest of the world stumbled upon these videos. The world responded with overwhelming acceptance of the message Ben shared. Sharing his vision of heaven was Ben's gift to his family, and to the world"--From publisher description.
A definitive portrait of the iconic Hollywood star that draws on new research and insider interviews to provide coverage of his New Jersey upbringing, his early years with Hanna-Barbera, his private life and his considerable film achievements.
"A memoir about the author's relationship with renowned painter Lucian Freud that includes interviews with many close friends and family members as well as critical analyses of Freud's art"-- Provided by publisher.
The grandson of a slave, Ellington dropped out of high school to become one of the world's most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style. He wrote some fifteen hundred compositions, many of which, like 'Mood Indigo' and 'Sophisticated Lady,' remain beloved standards, and he sought inspiration in an endless string of transient lovers, concealing his inner self behind a smiling mask of flowery language and ironic charm.
Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian.
Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments?to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband?creating a resonant portrait of her life.
Traces choreographer Bob Fosse's numberless reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, Chicago, All That Jazz and other iconic works of art. Through interviews and access to Fosse's archives, examines his professional life and his intense relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire and Neil Simon to Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman.
Draws on in-depth research and new interviews to present a narrative account of the actress's life that covers her early childhood in India, her celebrated love affair with Laurence Olivier, and her early death at age fifty-three.
The Democratic National Committee chair and Florida Congresswoman calls for strategic changes in such areas as energy, healthcare, and the economy to secure American livelihoods and stability for the next generation.
A revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister and a wholly different account of the founding of the United States
In "Young Mr. Roosevelt" Stanley Weintraub evokes Franklin Delano Roosevelt's political and wartime beginnings. An unpromising patrician playboy appointed assistant secretary of the Navy in 1913, Roosevelt learned quickly and rose to national visibility in World War I. Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1920, he lost the election but not his ambitions. While his stature was rising, his testy marriage to his cousin Eleanor was fraying amid scandal quietly covered up. Ever indomitable, even polio a year later would not suppress his inevitable ascent. Against the backdrop of a reluctant America's entry into a world war and FDR's hawkish build-up of a modern navy, Washington's gossip-ridden society, and the nation's surging economy, Weintraub summons up the early influences on the young and enterprising nephew of his predecessor, "Uncle Ted."