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Open Book
by Jessica Simpson

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<p><strong>Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity,聽<em>Open Book</em>聽is as inspiring as it is entertaining.</strong></p><p>This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn鈥檛 want to lie.</p><p>Jessica couldn鈥檛 be authentic with her readers if she wasn鈥檛 fully honest with herself first.</p><p>Now America鈥檚 Sweetheart, preacher鈥檚 daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please.聽<em>Open Book聽</em>is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she鈥檚 never shared before.</p><p>First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being聽<em>talked</em>聽<em>about</em>, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she鈥檚 learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture clich茅鈥檚 鈥?鈥渃hicken or fish,鈥?鈥淒aisy Duke,鈥?"football jinx," 鈥渕om jeans,鈥?鈥渟exual napalm鈥︹€?and more.聽<em>Open Book</em>聽is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.</p>
Boys in the Trees: A Memoir
by Carly Simon

Language

English

Pages

385

Publication Date

November 24, 2015

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<p>Carly Simon's <i>New York Times</i> bestselling memoir, <i>Boys in the Trees</i>, reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movie <i>Working Girl</i>. </p><p>The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.</p>
The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood
by Sam Wasson

Language

English

Pages

399

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<p><b>From the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Fifth Avenue, Five A.M</i>. and <i>Fosse</i> comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpiece </b> <i></i><br /><i></i><br /><i>Chinatown</i> is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. </p><p>In Sam Wasson's telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history. Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of "The Kid" Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne's fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written. Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. </p><p>Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story, <i>The Big Goodbye</i> will take its place alongside classics like <i>Easy Riders, Raging Bulls</i> and <i>The Devil's Candy </i>as one of the great movie-world books ever written.</p><p><b>Praise for Sam Wasson:</b><br />"Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalities...More than that, he understands that style matters, and, like his subjects, he has a flair for it." - <i><b>The New Yorker</b></i><br /><i><b></b></i>"Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian because he finds meaning in situations and stories that would otherwise be forgotten if he didn't sleuth them out, lovingly." - <b>Hilton Als</b></p>
A Drop of Midnight: A Memoir
by Jason Diakit茅

Language

English

Pages

297

Publication Date

March 01, 2020

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<p><b>World-renowned hip-hop artist Jason 鈥淭imbuktu鈥?Diakit茅鈥檚 vivid and intimate journey through his own and his family鈥檚 history鈥攆rom South Carolina slavery to twenty-first-century Sweden.</b></p><p>Born to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakit茅 grew up between worlds鈥攑art Swedish, American, black, white, Cherokee, Slovak, and German, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide. It was a no-man鈥檚-land that left him in constant search of self. Even after his hip-hop career took off, Jason fought to unify a complex system of family roots that branched across continents, ethnicities, classes, colors, and eras to find a sense of belonging.</p><p>In <i>A Drop of Midnight</i>, Jason draws on conversations with his parents, personal experiences, long-lost letters, and pilgrimages to South Carolina and New York to paint a vivid picture of race, discrimination, family, and ambition. His ancestors鈥?origins as slaves in the antebellum South, his parents鈥?struggles as an interracial couple, and his own world-expanding connection to hip-hop helped him fashion a strong black identity in Sweden.</p><p>What unfolds in Jason鈥檚 remarkable voyage of discovery is a complex and unflinching look at not only his own history but also that of generations affected by the trauma of the African diaspora, then and now.</p>
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
by Dani Shapiro

Language

English

Pages

250

Publication Date

January 15, 2019

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<b>An Instant聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER<br /><br /> A聽<i>LOS ANGELES TIMES, BOSTON GLOBE, WALL STREET JOURNAL,聽</i>and NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER<br /><br /> A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR according to聽<i>Elle, Real Simple</i>, and聽<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><br /> <b>鈥淢emoir gold: a profound and exquisitely rendered exploration of identity and the true meaning of family.鈥?鈥?lt;i>People Magazine</i><br /><br /> 鈥淏eautifully written and deeply moving鈥攊t brought me to tears more than once.鈥濃€擱uth Franklin,聽<i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> <b>From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist鈥斺€渁 writer of rare talent鈥?(Cheryl Strayed)鈥?and <b>聽host of the hit podcast聽<i>Family Secrets, </i>comes聽</b>a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.</b><br /><br />What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?<br /> 聽聽聽聽 In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her.<br /> <i>Inheritance聽</i>is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.
Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
by Elton John

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p><b>INSTANT #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film <i>Rocketman</i>, to becoming a living legend.</b></p><p>Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.</p><p>His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with <i>Aida</i>, <i>The Lion King</i>, and <i>Billy Elliot the Musical</i>. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.</p><p>In <i>Me</i>, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.</p>
The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America's Greate...
by William J. Mann

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English

Pages

608

Publication Date

December 06, 2016

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<p><strong>The award-winning author presents a provocative, thoroughly modern revisionist biographical history of one of America鈥檚 greatest and most influential families鈥攖he Roosevelts鈥攅xposing heretofore unknown family secrets and detailing complex family rivalries with his signature cinematic flair.</strong></p><p>Drawing on previously hidden historical documents and interviews with the long-silent "illegitimate" branch of the family, William J. Mann paints an elegant, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking group portrait of this legendary family. Mann argues that the Roosevelts鈥?rise to power and prestige was actually driven by a series of intense personal contest that at times devolved into blood sport. His compelling and eye-opening masterwork is the story of a family at war with itself, of social Darwinism at its most ruthless鈥攊n which the strong devoured the weak and repudiated the inconvenient. </p><p>Mann focuses on Eleanor Roosevelt, who, he argues, experienced this brutality firsthand, witnessing her Uncle Theodore cruelly destroy her father, Elliott鈥攈is brother and bitter rival鈥攆or political expediency. Mann presents a fascinating alternate picture of Eleanor, contending that this "worshipful niece" in fact bore a grudge against TR for the rest of her life, and dares to tell the truth about her intimate relationships without obfuscations, explanations, or labels.</p><p>Mann also brings into focus Eleanor鈥檚 cousins, TR鈥檚 children, whose stories propelled the family rivalry but have never before been fully chronicled, as well as her illegitimate half-brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, who inherited his family鈥檚 ambition and skill without their name and privilege. Growing up in poverty just miles from his wealthy relatives, Elliott Mann embodied the American Dream, rising to middle-class prosperity and enjoying one of the very few happy, long-term marriages in the Roosevelt saga. For the first time, <em>The Wars of the Roosevelts</em> also includes the stories of Elliott鈥檚 daughter and grandchildren, and never-before-seen photographs from their archives.</p><p>Deeply psychological and finely rendered, illustrated with sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs, <em>The Wars of the Roosevelts</em> illuminates not only the enviable strengths but also the profound shame of this remarkable and influential family.</p>
Inside Out: A Memoir
by Demi Moore

Language

English

Pages

283

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>INSTANT #1 <em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>A Best Book of the Year: <em>The New Yorker,</em></strong> <strong><em>The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, </em></strong><strong>Good Morning America<em>, </em>She Reads</strong></p><p><strong>Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir.</strong></p><p>For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight鈥攐r the headlines.</p><p>Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, however, she was always outrunning her past, just one step ahead of the doubts and insecurities that defined her childhood.聽Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Demi battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years鈥攁ll while juggling a skyrocketing career and at times negative public perception.聽 As her success grew, Demi found herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress鈥攁nd, always, if she was simply good enough.</p><p>As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience. In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life鈥攍aying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward open heartedness. <em>Inside Out</em> is a story of survival, success, and surrender鈥攁 wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman鈥檚 at once ordinary and iconic life.</p>
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Yo...
by Ali Wong

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English

Pages

219

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?Ali Wong鈥檚 heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淔ierce, feminist, and packed with funny anecdotes.鈥濃€?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>Time </i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Variety聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Chicago Tribune </i>鈥?<i>Glamour </i>鈥?<i>New York</i></b><br /><br /> In her hit Netflix comedy special <i>Baby Cobra</i>, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.<br /><br /> The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she鈥檚 learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong鈥檚 letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Dear Girls</i><br /></b><br /> 鈥淸Wong] spins a volume whose pages simultaneously shock and satisfy. . . . <i>Dear Girls </i>is not so much a real-talk handbook as it is a myth-puncturing manifesto.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擵ogue</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淸A]聽refreshing, hilarious, and honest account聽of making a career in a male-dominated field, dating, being a mom, growing up, and so much more鈥es, this book is addressed to Wong鈥檚 daughters, but every reader will find nuggets of wisdom and inspiration and, most important, something to laugh at.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Bustle<br /></i></b>
Brother & Sister: A Memoir
by Diane Keaton

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<b><b>From the beloved film star and best-selling author of Then Again--a heartfelt memoir about Diane Keaton's relationship with her younger brother, and a poignant exploration of the divergent paths siblings' lives can take.</b></b><br /><br />When they were children in the suburbs of Los Angeles in the 1950s, Diane Keaton and her younger brother, Randy, were best friends and companions: they shared stories at night in their bunk beds; they swam, laughed, dressed up for Halloween. Their mother captured their American-dream childhoods in her diaries, and on camera. But as they grew up, Randy became troubled, then reclusive. By the time he reached adulthood, he was divorced, an alcoholic, a man who couldn't hold on to full-time work--his life a world away from his sister's, and from the rest of their family.<br /><br />Now Diane is delving into the nuances of their shared, and separate, pasts to confront the difficult question of why and how Randy ended up living his life on "the other side of normal." In beautiful and fearless prose that's intertwined with photographs, journal entries, letters, and poetry--many of them Randy's own writing and art--this insightful memoir contemplates the inner workings of a family, the ties that hold it together, and the special bond between siblings even when they are pulled far apart. Here is a story about love and responsibility: about how, when we choose to reach out to the people we feel closest to--in moments of difficulty and loss--surprising things can happen. A story with universal echoes, Brother & Sister speaks across generations to families whose lives have been touched by the fragility and "otherness" of loved ones--and to brothers and sisters everywhere.

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