Lefty: An American Odyssey by Lawrence Goldstone, Vernona Gomez

By Lawrence Goldstone, Vernona Gomez

A baseball legend distinct by way of his aggressive nature, quickly wit, and beneficiant spirit, Lefty Gomez used to be distinctive. instructed for the 1st time, this can be his extraordinary story.

Born to a small-town California ranching family members, the youngest of 8, Vernon "Lefty" Gomez rode his robust arm and jocular character correct throughout the US to the dugout of the hot York Yankees. Lefty baffled hitters together with his blazing fastball, developing himself because the team's ace. He vacationed with Babe Ruth, served as Joe DiMaggio's confidant, and consoled Lou Gehrig the day the "Iron Horse" got rid of himself from the lineup. He began and gained the first-ever All-Star online game, used to be the 1st pitcher to make the canopy of Time journal, and barnstormed Japan as a part of significant League Baseball's grand ambassadorial travel in 1934. clear of the diamond, Lefty performed the big-city bon vivant, marrying Broadway big name June O'Dea and hobnobbing with a who's who of celebrities, together with George Gershwin, Jack Dempsey, Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe, George M. Cohan, and James Michener. He even scored a personal viewers with the pope.

And even if his professional ball occupation used to be performed, Lefty wasn't. He turned a countrywide consultant for Wilson wearing items, logging over 100,000 miles a yr, spreading the observe approximately America's favourite online game, and touching hundreds of thousands of lives. In 1972 he was once inducted into the nationwide Baseball corridor of reputation. 3 baseball fields are named for him, and to today the pinnacle honor bestowed every year via the yankee Baseball Coaches organization is the Lefty Gomez Award.

Now, drawing on numerous conversations with Lefty, interweaving greater than 300 interviews performed along with his family members, buddies, rivals, and teammates over the process a decade, and revealing candid photographs, records, and movie clips--many by no means proven publicly--his daughter Vernona Gomez and her award-winning co-author Lawrence Goldstone vividly re-create the lifestyles and adventures of the irreverent southpaw fondly dubbed "El Señor Goofy."

"I'd otherwise be fortunate than good," Lefty Gomez as soon as quipped--one of many vintage one-liners documented right here. in any case he used to be either. A star-studded romp via baseball's so much excellent seasons and America's such a lot glamorous years, Lefty is instantaneously a long-overdue reminder of a pitcher's greatness and a heartwarming social gathering of a lifestyles well-lived.

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Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography by Anthony Bozza, Mick Fleetwood

By Anthony Bozza, Mick Fleetwood

"After forty-six years of being at the street, this can be the best time to appear again in a fashion I've by no means performed earlier than: from time to time. this can be the tale of my existence in rock and roll -- and the way the band that has intended every little thing to me got here to outline me. I'm watching for sharing it with you."

Mick Fleetwood has been a member of the ever-evolving Fleetwood Mac, one of many world's such a lot profitable and loved bands, for over 4 many years. the following he tells the complete and candid tale of his lifestyles as one in every of music's maximum drummers and bandleaders, the cofounder of the deeply enjoyed supergroup that bears his identify and that of his bandmate and lifetime buddy John McVie.

In this intimate portrait of a existence lived in track, Fleetwood vividly remembers his upbringing tapping alongside to each tune taking part in at the radio, his studies as a musician in '60s London, and the earliest permutation of the band that includes Peter Green.

Play On sheds new mild on Fleetwood Mac's raucous heritage, describing the highs and lows of being within the band that Fleetwood was firm to maintain jointly. the following he displays at the construction of landmark albums comparable to Rumours and Tusk, the nice loves of his existence, and the numerous awesome and outrageous moments of recording, traveling, and residing with Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood describes those moments with honesty and immediacy, taking us to the very center of this multilayered trip that has consistently been anchored in music.

Through all of it, from severe like to plaintive heartaches, from collaborations to confrontations, it's been the force to play on that has prevailed. Now, then, and constantly, it's Fleetwood Mac.

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Teen Angst? Naaah . . . A Quasi-autobiography by Ned Vizzini

By Ned Vizzini

The occasions in those tales are genuine. a few names were replaced so I don’t get yelled at.

Ned Vizzini writes concerning the bizarre, humorous, and infrequently mortifying moments that made up his teenager years. With wit, irony, and honesty, Teen Angst? Naaah . . . invitations you into his international of college, mom and dad, road humans, rock bands, pals, status, camp, intercourse (sort of), Cancun (almost), promenade, beer, Nintendo, the cool (and virtually cool), and extra. A Holden Caulfield for iteration Y, Ned Vizzini is an unique voice to be reckoned with, learn, and loved.

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The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child by Marina Chapman, Lynne Barrett-Lee

By Marina Chapman, Lynne Barrett-Lee

The poignant tale of a woman who overcomes exact problem and deprivation - turning out to be up with a troop of capuchin monkeys - to discover final redemption.

In 1954, in a distant mountain village in South the US, a bit lady was once kidnapped. She used to be 4 years previous. Marina Chapman used to be stolen from her housing property after which deserted deep within the Colombian jungle. That she survived is a miracle. days later, half-drugged, terrified, and ravenous, she stumbled on a troop of capuchin monkeys. performing totally on intuition, she attempted to do what they did: she ate what they ate and copied their activities, and bit by bit, realized to fend for herself.

So starts off the tale of her 5 years one of the monkeys, within which time she progressively turned feral; she misplaced the facility to talk, misplaced all inhibition, misplaced any actual experience of being human, changing the constitution of human society with the social mores of her new simian family members. yet society used to be finally to reclaim her. At age ten she was once came upon by means of a couple of hunters who took her to the lawless Colombian urban of Cucuta the place, in trade for a parrot, they bought her to a brothel. whilst she discovered that she was once to be groomed for prostitution, she made her plans to flee. yet her experience wasn’t over yet...
In the vein of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "City of God," this rousing tale of a misplaced baby who overcomes the hazards of the wild and the brutality of the streets to eventually reclaim her lifestyles will astonish readers in all places.

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Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of by Alan Goldsher, Robert Englund

By Alan Goldsher, Robert Englund


You've noticeable him within the A Nightmare on Elm Street sequence — and on your darkest desires. The sadistic killer with the flame-charred face. The knife-blade claws. The razor-sharp wit. Freddy...But you've by no means obvious him like this. Unflinching. Uncensored. Unmasked.

Meet Robert Englund, the award-winning actor top identified for his position as Freddy Krueger — the mythical horror icon featured at the American movie Institute's "100 maximum Heroes and Villains" roster — a personality as unforgettable and enduring as Bela Lugosi's Dracula and Boris Karloff's Frankenstein. Now, for the 1st time, the guy in the back of the latex masks tells his tale during this eye-catching new memoir, released to have a good time the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1st A Nightmare on Elm Street film.

You see, Robert Englund isn't any monster in any respect, yet a deeply humorous, fascinating Hollywood veteran. jam-packed with Robert's hilarious tales, playful self-deprecation, and a beneficiant aiding of never-before-revealed A Nightmare on Elm Street minutiae, Hollywood Monster bargains an extraordinary examine the cherished movie icon. With insider savvy and gallows humor, Robert recounts his audition for Wes Craven, the foundation for Freddy's personality, the grueling make-up classes, his soon-to-be-famous costars, the customarily disastrous on-set error, and the wave of recognition that propelled this humble California surfer child the entire method to the top.

Of path, status and fortune as Freddy got here years after the younger actor shared a trailer with monitor legend Henry Fonda, was once punched within the face by way of Richard Gere, took down Burt Reynolds, and muscled his manner among Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sally box, and Jeff Bridges.

But quickly after his high-profile stint within the groundbreaking television miniseries V, Robert Englund took at the so much celebrated function of his occupation — the macabre and wisecracking killer who fast turned a loved ones identify. From the instant Freddy Krueger dragged his claws throughout a rusty pipe within the beginning dream series, a legend have been unleashed — and a celeb was once born. this is often his story.

"Welcome to top time, bitch."
— Frederick Charles Krueger, bastard son of 100 maniacs

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Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock by Sammy Hagar

By Sammy Hagar

Loud rock, quick automobiles, and Cabo. this can be the lifetime of Sammy Hagar.

For virtually 40 years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock track. From breaking into the with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo occupation to his trip because the entrance guy of Van Halen, Sammy's strong and unforgettable voice has set the tone for the various maximum rock anthems ever written—songs like "I Can't force 55," "Right Now," and "Why Can't This Be Love."

In Red, Sammy tells the outrageous tale of his tear via rock 'n' roll, detailing the behind the curtain antics and nonstop traveling that experience made his voice immediately recognizable. starting along with his musical coming-of-age within the blue-collar cities of California, Sammy lines his tough and decided upward thrust to repute, operating tougher than an individual else in the market and writing songs in regards to the issues he loved—fast autos, loud events, and lots of fine times.

But solo luck was once just the beginning, a prelude to his raucous and infamous decade because the entrance guy for Van Halen, one of many biggest-selling rock teams in background. full of behind-the-scenes tales from his time with the band, Red deals the Van Halen tale as Sammy observed it, protecting not anything again concerning the around the world stadium excursions, the tensions with Eddie, the messy events, the divided friendships, and, after all, his debatable and generally disputed go out from the band.

After Van Halen, Sammy replaced instructions back, throwing himself headfirst into the tequila company and growing Cabo Wabo, essentially the most profitable tequila manufacturers on the planet. And all of the whereas he persisted to rock, traveling the rustic along with his bands the Waboritas and Chickenfoot, and at last reuniting with Van Halen for a travel that turned either a box-office damage and a private catastrophe.

From the decadence of being one of many world's largest rock stars to the unfiltered tale of being compelled out of Van Halen, Sammy's account spares not anyone, least of all himself. His is a story of a real rock 'n' roller—someone who's spent many years bringing the celebration with him anywhere he is going yet continually headin' again to Cabo for mas tequila.

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Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 2: 1934-1939 by Anaïs Nin

By Anaïs Nin

Starting with Nin's arrival in big apple, this quantity is stuffed with the tales of her analytical sufferers. there's a shift in emphasis additionally as Nin turns into conscious of the inevitable selection dealing with the artist within the sleek international. "Sensitive and frank...[Nin's] diary is a discussion among flesh and spirit" (Newsweek). Edited and with a Preface by way of Gunther Stuhlmann; Index.

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Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman

By Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman

Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller by way of one in all rock’s so much provocative figures
Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiedis’s searingly sincere memoir of a existence spent within the quick lane. In 1983, 4 self-described "knuckleheads" burst out of the mosh-pitted mosaic of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their very own designated model of cosmic hardcore mayhem funk. Over 20 years later, the crimson sizzling Chili Peppers, opposed to all odds, became probably the most winning bands on this planet. notwithstanding the band has passed through many incarnations, Anthony Kiedis, the group’s lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the total roller-coaster trip.
Whether he’s recollecting the impression of the attractive, powerful girls who've been his muses, or retracing a trip that has integrated appearances as various as a functionality sooner than part 1000000 humans at Woodstock or an viewers of 1 on the humble compound of the exiled Dalai Lama, Kiedis stocks a compelling tale in regards to the rate of luck and extra. Scar Tissue is a narrative of commitment and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption -- a narrative which could in basic terms have pop out of the realm of rock.

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Out of India: A Raj Childhood by Michael Foss

By Michael Foss

Born in India in 1937, Michael Foss's adolescence used to be spent among the chilly, gray austerity of england less than risk, and the brightly lit and teeming power of wartime India. the following, fantastically evoked, is a youth spent among grudging and unloving English relatives; a sufferance of cruelly harsh education, a bleak, dank panorama; and a feeling of everlasting chilly and a savage starvation even for dreadful nutrients.

All of this was once all of sudden replaced for the sub-continent's jumble of conflicting attractions and sounds and scents: the important, stinking, scorching, noisy, crowded streets; the calm, quiet grace of moghul structure; the traditional Hindu kingdoms decreased to stones amid the roots of timber; the huge Victorian constructions that echoed British energy; the attitudes of the Raj; the self-conscious majesty and pomp. The British, the writer notes, lived on yet no longer in India.

"Our ideas for dwelling weren't their rules," he writes during this wry, affectionate mirrored image on a adolescence spent among continents, civilizations, models of background.

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Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings by Italo Calvino

By Italo Calvino

By no means earlier than released in English, those essayistic writings magnify our realizing of 1 of the 20 th centrury's such a lot loved authors.

In evocations of Italo Calvino's tumultuous teenage years--his lifestyles in the course of Mussolini's rule, on the time of the liberation, and through the chilly War--we study the tale of the author's new release because it faced ethical, civil, and inventive dilemmas. In writings from the prolonged classes in which Calvino lived on my own in Paris and ny, we witness his fight to discover "the correct distance among being concerned and being detached." In "American Diary" he recounts his peregrinations in the course of the usa in 1959 and 1960: from big apple to Texas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston. He describes his bafflement with heretofore incredible expertise, his fascination with the Beats, his horror on the squalor of the suburbs, the foundation he derived from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s phrases and activities, his impressions of myriad points of yankee tradition.

Filled with the author's attribute perception, intelligence, and brio, Hermit in Paris will take its position along Italo Calvino's seminal works.

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