Biography & Memoir from the 2014 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2014 Winter Newsletter.


This memoir is chock-full of twists and turns as it chronicles his search of two distinct yet parallel mysteries that color his life. Mr. Cumming's voice is rich, distinctive, and you can't help but imagine it in a Scottish brogue. His openness is easy to relate to and incredibly refreshing from such a theatrical powerhouse. 

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Ivy
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Not My Father's Son: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062225061
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 7th, 2014

During the final years of her life, the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut had a pair of obelisks erected that were inscribed with the following passage: “Now my heart turns this way and that, as I think what the people will say—those who shall see my monuments in years to come, and who shall speak of what I have done.” Dear reader, this book will have you speaking about what Queen Hatshepsut has done. Make your fourth-grade teacher proud with your newfound knowledge of one of history’s most vibrant figures.

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Megan
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The Woman Who Would Be King Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307956767
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 14th, 2014

Will Boast thought he’d lost his family, until a deeply held secret revealed a second chance he never thought he’d have.

“Don’t let the title of Boast’s magnificent memoir fool you—Epilogue is about beginnings as much as endings, discovering as much as losing family. It’s honest, heartbreaking, gorgeously written, and hands down the most moving book I’ve read so far this year.” —Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780871403810
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 15th, 2014

From the creator and star of the HBO series Girls comes this new collection of autobiographical essays. For fans of David Sedaris and Tina Fey (and for those of us who loved Dunham’s performance on Saturday Night Live), this is sure to be an entertaining and enlightening read. Ever honest, charming, and funny, Dunham will bring a smile to your face—but a guffaw may very well slip out.
Reviewed by: 
Sara
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Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's
By Lena Dunham, Joana Avillez (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House - September 30th, 2014

The dramatic family life of this engaging, eccentric actor is probably know by very few. Not My Father’s Son exposes childhood wounds and universal themes—of family bonds, shame, anxiety and mental illness, and healing. Cumming asks (and answers, with satisfying closure) if we are inevitably trapped in—or blessed by—the patterns of our parents. He champions self-discovery through a touching journey into his heritage. And as we all know, he’s incredibly funny.
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Julia
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Not My Father's Son: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062225061
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 7th, 2014

Carlos Santana has written a memoir that takes the reader from his humble beginnings growing up poor in Mexico to his later triumphs as one of the world’s greatest, most distinctive guitar stylists.

“A thread runs through his multicultural, cross-generational music: the unifying power of the human spirit.” —Los Angeles Times

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The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316244923
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 4th, 2014

Here it is, NPH fans—the autobiography that’s Legen-…wait for it…-daring to be original! Written with wit, honesty, and a lot of heart, it has everything you might want, including an original twist. It really is a choose-your-own adventure book, putting a fantastic and thought-provoking spin on the celebrity tell-all. Don’t miss out on this excellent and hilarious book by one of our favorite actors! 
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Jax
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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385346993
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Published: Crown Archetype - October 14th, 2014

This is a timely, deeply personal biography of a bold, brilliant man who fought to overcome a culture of poverty, social injustice, drugs, and desperation. In unassuming and honest detail, Jeff Hobbs remembers his friend’s rough childhood in Newark, Rob’s accomplishments and talents in the Ivy League, and his murder. Fundamentally, this is an unbiased reflection of class and privilege inequality in America—a reality many of us don’t want to acknowledge.
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Julia
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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476731902
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 23rd, 2014

“A girl walks into a prophecy and winds up a myth. How does that even happen? In Joan of Arc, Kathryn Harrison makes the most improbable of lives—that of the restless farmer’s daughter who casts a spell over 15th century France—seem possible again. Working from trial records and modern literature, the Bible and Bresson, Harrison marshals all the forces. The result is sumptuous, as rich and radiant as Joan’s (apocryphal) golden cloak.” —Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra
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Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385531207
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 28th, 2014

 

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