Biographies & Memoirs

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  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

    10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dan Harris
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    Publisher:   It Books (2014, Mar 11th).
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    Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had both propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business and also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out. more

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  • The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work

    The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kay Robertson
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    Publisher:   Howard Books (2014, Apr 1st).
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    An Inside Look at the Robertson Women In the pages of this book, you’ll find both fun and inspirational stories . . . Kay shares the honest story of her relationship with Phil—and his wild and philandering years—and the challenges of being a teenage mother. Even more amazing, she shares the forgiveness she offered Phil and how they have now celebrated forty-eight years of marriage. Korie tells of her first encounter with Phil when she was in just the fifth grade. At that first meeting Phil came right out and told her what good husbands his boys would make and that she should keep an eye on them. She also shares the reaction her parents had when she told them that she and Willie were getting married when she was only eighteen. more

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  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Judy Greer
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    Publisher:   Doubleday (2014, Apr 8th).
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    You know Judy Greer, right? Maybe from The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, Carrie, Arrested Development, or The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, you already feel like she’s your friend.  In her first book of essays, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, Greer writes about everything you would hope to hear from your best friend: how a midnight shopping trip to CVS can cure all; what it’s like to wake up one day with stepchildren; and how she really feels about fans telling her that she’s prettier in person. Yes, it’s all here—from the hilarious moments to the  intimate confessions. But Judy Greer isn’t just a regular friend—she’s a celebrity friend. Want to know which celebs she’s peed next to? Or what the Academy Awards are actually like? Or which hot actor gave her father a Harley-Davidson? Don’t worry; Greer reveals all of that, too. more

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  • The Jesus Lizard Book

    The Jesus Lizard Book

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   The Jesus Lizard
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    Publisher:   Akashic Books (2014, Mar 4th).
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    "If you're a Jesus Lizard fan or a David Yow devotee, you're sure all over this. But even if you've never heard of the band, the book stands as one of the best ways to experience being in a tight, cohesive band. You get everything except the sweat, spilled beer, and blood. It's a fun ride, and the closest thing possible to getting in the van with these guys."--Mother Jones"The gorgeously crafted, 176-page hardcover Book...dives deep and candidly into the Jesus Lizard's first decade and touches a bit on that 2009 coda, too. Through many thousands of words, hundreds of photos, and collected ephemera, it celebrates the sweat, menace, humor, musicianship, lasting power, and genitals of one of the best bands ever coughed up by the rock underground."--The Village Voice"Book is a valuable document that brings us back to the era when artists were conditioned to practice the art of self-defense. more

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  • I Can See Clearly Now

    I Can See Clearly Now

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Dr.
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Hay House, Inc. (2014, Mar 3rd).
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    For many years, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s fans have wondered when he would write a memoir. Well, after four decades as a teacher of self-empowerment and the best-selling author of more than 40 books, Wayne has finally done just that! However, he has written it in a way that only he can—with a remarkable take-home message for his longtime followers and new readers alike—and the result is an exciting new twist on the old format. Rather than a plain old memoir, Wayne has gathered together quantum-moment recollections. In this revealing and engaging book, Wayne shares dozens of events from his life, from the time he was a little boy in Detroit up to present day. In unflinching detail, he relates his vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, taking readers with him into these formative experiences. more

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  • Daughter of the Empire State: The Life of Judge Jane Bolin

    Daughter of the Empire State: The Life of Judge Jane Bolin

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jacqueline A. McLeod
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (2011, Nov 1st).
    Pages:   200

     This long overdue biography elevates Jane Matilda Bolin to her rightful place in American history as an activist, integrationist, jurist, and outspoken public figure in the political and professional milieu of New York City before the onset of the modern Civil Rights movement. When Bolin was appointed to New York City's domestic relations court in 1939 for the first of four ten-year terms, she became the nation's first African American woman judge. Drawing on archival materials as well as a meeting with Bolin in 2002, historian Jacqueline A. McLeod reveals how Bolin parlayed her judicial position to impact significant reforms of the legal and social service system in New York. Beginning with Bolin's childhood and educational experiences at Wellesley and Yale, Daughter of the Empire State chronicles Bolin's relatively quick rise through the ranks of a profession that routinely excluded both women and African Americans. more

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  • Leggy Blonde: A Memoir

    Leggy Blonde: A Memoir

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Aviva Drescher
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Gallery Books (2013, Nov 19th).
    Pages:   288

    She’s blond, beautiful, and brazenly honest— one of the boldest cast members of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City and most talked-about stars of reality TV. From the moment Aviva Drescher stepped her prosthetic leg into the spotlight, she sparked controversy and ratings. Now, for the first time, the native New Yorker stands on her own two feet to speak out on her fascinating life. With true courage, Aviva tells the story of how she lost her foot in a barn accident at the age of six and the numerous—sometimes bizarre— attempts to reattach it. After a trip to India to be “cured” by a famous mystic, young Aviva learned to use fashion and style to draw attention away from her prosthesis. She fled to Paris in her early twenties, where she transformed herself into a wild club chick and danced on tables with the crème de la crème of the big-hair supermodel era. more

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  • Devotion and Defiance: My Journey in Love, Faith and Politics

    Devotion and Defiance: My Journey in Love, Faith and Politics

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Humaira Awais Shahid
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   W. W. Norton & Company (2013, Aug 20th).
    Pages:   256

    An inspiring personal story by the most prominent Muslim woman activist and legislator for women’s rights in Pakistan. In the fall of 2001, a newlywed English professor took on a job editing the “women’s section” of one of Pakistan’s leading Urdu newspapers. She soon transformed pages of celebrity gossip and fashion advice into a vehicle for the investigation of the true lives of Pakistani women. News of acid attacks on hapless women, the trading of girls as currency in tribal disputes, and other abuses transformed this young mother into a fiery advocate for women’s rights—one guided by Islamic ethics and ideals of social justice as she taught rural leaders to distinguish between religion and tribal custom. more

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  • The Tastemaker : Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America

    The Tastemaker : Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Edward White
    Format:    Book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
    Publisher:   Farrar... (2000, Jan 1st).
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    "A revealing biography of the influential and controversial cultural titan who embodied an era The Tastemaker explores the many lives of Carl Van Vechten, the most influential cultural impresario of the early twentieth century: a patron and dealmaker of the Harlem Renaissance, a photographer who captured the era's icons, and a novelist who created some of the Jazz Age's most salacious stories. A close confidant of Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, George Gershwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Knopfs, Van Vechten frolicked in the 1920s Manhattan demimonde, finding himself in Harlem's jazz clubs, Hell's Kitchen's speakeasies, and Greenwich Village's underground gay scene. New York City was a hotbed of vice as well as creativity, and Van Vechten was at the center of it all. more

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  • Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

    Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   James Romm
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    Publisher:   Knopf (2014, Mar 11th).
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    From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne (“Gripping . . . the narrative verve of a born writer and the erudition of a scholar” —Daniel  Mendelsohn) and editor of The Landmark Arrian:The Campaign of Alexander (“Thrilling” —The New York Times Book Review), a  high-stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of history on the grand scale. At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, beginning with banishment in his fifties and subsequent appointment as tutor to twelve-year-old Nero, future emperor of Rome. Controlling them both, Nero’s mother, Julia Agrippina the Younger, Roman empress, great-granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus, sister of the Emperor Caligula, niece and fourth wife of Emperor Claudius. more

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