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Biography from the 2013 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2013-winter-newsletter">2013 Winter Newsletter</a>.

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

It’s rare that you find anyone who doesn’t have some sort of memory connected to Jim Henson. From the ubiquitous Sesame Street to cult classics like The Dark Crystal, chances are you’ve been a fan of the man—but not much has been known about him himself. Brian Jay Jones spent two years getting to know the Henson family before getting permission to write this honest and true account of a wonderful, talented human being.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780345526113
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 24th, 2013

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston

In her new memoir, Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston shares the story of her enchanted childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London, and her coming of age in New York. “A Story Lately Told is written with the magic of the Irish and a touch of the family genius. From her vivid descriptions of growing up in the horse country of County Galway, Ireland, to her glimpses of rough glamour in the Chelsea Hotel, Anjelica’s writing shines with her particular mix of intelligence, beauty, wit, and courage. Her book is gorgeous.” —Mike Nichols

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ISBN: 9781451656299
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Published: Scribner - November 19th, 2013

The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2

The first volume of Mark Twain’s complete, uncensored Autobiography was an instant best-seller when it was released in 2010, on the centennial of the author’s death, as he requested. Published to rave reviews, Autobiography was hailed as the capstone of Twain’s career. It captures his authentic and unsuppressed voice, speaking clearly from the grave and brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions. The eagerly awaited second volume delves deeper into Mark Twain’s life, uncovering the many roles he played in his private and public worlds. “Twain admirers will find this volume indispensable and will eagerly await the third volume.”
—Kirkus Reviews

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By Mark Twain, Benjamin Griffin (Editor), Ms. Harriet E. Smith (Editor), Victor Fischer (Editor), Michael Barry Frank (Editor), Sharon K. Goetz (Editor), Leslie Diane Myrick (Editor), Robert Hirst (Other primary creator)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780520272781
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Published: University of California Press - October 5th, 2013

Wilson by A. Scott Berg

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Scott Berg’s portrait of President Woodrow Wilson has received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. “Accomplished biographer Berg emphasizes the extraordinary talents of this unlikely president in an impressive, nearly hagiographic account... Readable, authoritative and, most usefully, inspiring.” Kirkus Reviews

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$40.00
ISBN: 9780399159213
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Published: Putnam Adult - September 10th, 2013

Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him by David Henry & Joe Henry

Richard Pryor’s particularly troubled genius is chronicled in this wonderful biography from singer/songwriter Joe Henry and his brother David Henry. Pryor was an incredible comedian, addressing issues no one else was willing to touch and reinventing what stand-up meant. The Henrys include personal and historical background to set the scene before delving into the hot mess that was Pryor’s life and the legacy of social change he left behind. “Part memoir, part biography, part poem, part history, part ballad, Furious Cool manages to sing a wakesong for an incredible American.” —Colum McCann

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Nici
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ISBN: 9781616200787
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 5th, 2013

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

“Jesmyn Ward’s heart-wrenching new memoir is a brilliant book about beauty and death. Men We Reaped is at once a coming-of-age story and a kind of mourning song as Ward describes her upbringing in a poor Mississippi family and the violent, early deaths of five young men who were close to her, including younger brother Joshua. It’s a painfully tragic story, but also one of community and familial strength. In the end, Men We Reaped tells the story of Ward’s own salvation thanks to her mother’s grit and sacrifice, her love for the people around her—and the power of literature to liberate the soul.” —Los Angeles Times

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ISBN: 9781608195213
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 17th, 2013

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking

For the first time, Stephen Hawking, one of the most famous scientists in the world and author of numerous best-sellers, including A Brief History of Time, gives readers a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution. “Hawking comes across as an understated, hard-working, and likable physicist committed to understanding and explaining the cosmos. He ends in a typical tone of Hawking-esque humility: ‘When I was twenty-one and contracted ALS... I thought my life was over and that I would never realize the potential I felt I had. But now, fifty years later, I can be quietly satisfied with my life.’” —The Boston Globe

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780345535283
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Published: Bantam - September 10th, 2013

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

“On October 9, 2012, the teenaged Yousafzai was very nearly assassinated by members of the Taliban who objected to her education and women’s rights activism in Pakistan. Currently, she lives in England, under threat of execution by the Taliban if she returns home. Lamb, who has been reporting from Pakistan for 26 years and was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times, helps Yousafzai tell her hugely significant story.” —Library Journal

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316322409
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 8th, 2013

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