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The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

by Amanda Palmer Grand Central Publishing (November 11, 2014)

FOREWORD BY BRENE BROWN and POSTSCRIPT FROM BRAIN PICKINGS CREATOR MARIA POPOVA

Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding...


Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son

by Penny Junor Grand Central Publishing (September 09, 2014)

The authoritative biography of Prince Harry by noted royal family biographer Penny Junor, author of Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King and The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor.

Prince Harry,...


Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

by Daniel Schulman Grand Central Publishing (May 20, 2014)

Like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age, but they have never been the subject of a major biography... until now.

Not long after the death...


The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark

by Meryl Gordon Grand Central Publishing (May 27, 2014)

Born in 1906, Huguette Clark grew up in her family's 121-room Beaux Arts mansion in New York and was one of the leading celebrities of her day. Her father William Andrews Clark, was a copper magnate, the second...


Everybody's Got Something

by Robin Roberts & Veronica Chambers Grand Central Publishing (April 22, 2014)

"Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, "Everybody's got something."...


Stronger: Fighting Back After the Boston Marathon Bombing

by Jeff Bauman & Bret Witter Grand Central Publishing (April 08, 2014)

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JAKE GYLLENHAAL

The New York Times bestselling memoir of the 27-year-old Boston Marathon bombing survivor.

When Jeff Bauman woke up on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 in the Boston...


The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty

by J. Randy Taraborrelli Grand Central Publishing (April 01, 2014)

THE HILTONS is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern...


Murder on the Home Front: A True Story of Morgues, Murderers, and Mysteries during the London Blitz

by Molly Lefebure Grand Central Publishing (April 01, 2014)

It is 1941. While the "war of chaos" rages in the skies above London, an unending fight against violence, murder and the criminal underworld continues on the streets below.

One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom,...


Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind

by Biz Stone Grand Central Publishing (April 01, 2014)

"Biz gives away all his secrets to success. I advised him against it. If you're not inspired and informed by this book, then you haven't read it." --Stephen Colbert

Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, discusses...


700 Sundays

by Billy Crystal Grand Central Publishing (October 24, 2006)

To support his family, Billy Crystal's father, Jack, worked two jobs, having only one day a week to spend with his family. Based on Crystal's one-man Broadway show of the same name, "700 Sundays"--referring...


Measure of the Heart: A Father's Alzheimer's, A Daughter's Return

by Mary Ellen Geist Grand Central Publishing (August 13, 2008)

Mary Ellen Geist decided to leave her job as a CBS Radio anchor to return home to Michigan when her father's Alzheimer's got to be too much for her mother to shoulder alone. She chose to live her life by a different...


Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits

by Kevin Roose Grand Central Publishing (February 18, 2014)

Becoming a young Wall Street banker is like pledging the world's most lucrative and soul-crushing fraternity.

Every year, thousands of eager college graduates are hired by the world's financial giants, where...


Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date

by Katie Heaney Grand Central Publishing (January 14, 2014)

"I've been single for my entire life. Not one boyfriend. Not one short-term dating situation. Not one person with whom I regularly hung out and kissed on the face."

So begins Katie Heaney's memoir of her years...


Rose Kennedy's Family Album: From the Fitzgerald Kennedy Private Collection, 1878-1946

by Caroline Kennedy Grand Central Publishing (October 08, 2013)

To mark John F. Kennedy's centennial, celebrate the life and legacy of the 35th President of the United States.

A selection of more than 300 images--including family letters, personal ephemera, and captivating...


The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

by Rebecca Musser & M. Bridget Cook Grand Central Publishing (September 10, 2013)

Rebecca Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family's polygamous lifestyle from the "dangerous" outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy,...


Just Tell Me I Can't: How Jamie Moyer Defied the Radar Gun and Defeated Time

by Larry Platt & Jamie Moyer Grand Central Publishing (September 10, 2013)

Long-time fans of the National Pastime have known Moyer's name for more than 25 years. That's because he's been pitching in the bigs for all those years.

With his trademark three pitches - slow, slower, and...


Everybody's Brother

by CeeLo Green, Big Gipp & David Wild Grand Central Publishing (September 10, 2013)

He inspires awe with his colorful costumes and helps ordinary people find a Voice. With vocals so effective (in fact, they're almost otherworldly), he turned a four-letter word into a global phenomenon. Without...


Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless

by Susan Jane Gilman Grand Central Publishing (September 03, 2007)

From the author of "Kiss My Tiara" comes a funny and poignant collection of true stories about women coming of age that for once isn't about finding a date.


For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times

by Ed McMahon & David Fisher Grand Central Publishing (January 01, 2001)

A humorous, anecdote-filled, behind-the-scenes look at the life of a television icon.


Let's Go to the Videotape: All the Plays and Replays from My Life in Sports

by Warner Wolf & Larry Weisman Grand Central Publishing (September 01, 2000)

Anyone who follows sports knows that Warner Wolf has revolutionized that world with his famous catch phrases and irrepressible spirit. Now, in "Let's Go to the Videotape!" he shares over three decades worth...


Books of Adam: The Blunder Years

by Adam Ellis Grand Central Publishing (July 09, 2013)

Adam Ellis knew it was time to leave art school when a fellow student presented her final project to the class: "I put a condom on the Virgin Mary," she announced, unveiling a cheap figurine sheathed in latex....


The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

by Lily Koppel Grand Central Publishing (June 11, 2013)

Read the bestselling book that inspired the ABC television series.

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young...


Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson & Ben Greenman Grand Central Publishing (June 18, 2013)

"You have to bear in mind that [Questlove] is one of the smartest motherf*****s on the planet. His musical knowledge, for all practical purposes, is limitless." --Robert Christgau

MO' META BLUES

The World According...


Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story

by Carol Shaben Grand Central Publishing (May 21, 2013)

Only four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to.

On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote...


The Making of the Godfather

by Mario Puzo Grand Central Publishing (April 23, 2013)

In this entertaining and insightful essay, Mario Puzo chronicles his rise from struggling writer to overnight success after the publication of The Godfather. With equal parts cynicism and humor, Puzo recounts...


The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life

by Rod Dreher Grand Central Publishing (April 09, 2013)

THE LITTLE WAY OF RUTHIE LEMING follows Rod Dreher, a Philadelphia journalist, back to his hometown of St. Francisville, Louisiana (pop. 1,700) in the wake of his younger sister Ruthie's death. When she was...


Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman--90,000 Lives Changed

by Hawa Abdi & Sarah J. Robbins Grand Central Publishing (April 02, 2013)

The moving memoir of one brave woman who, along with her daughters, has kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, healthy, and educated for over 20 years in Somalia.

Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia"...


Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples With a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time

by Dave Bry Grand Central Publishing (March 19, 2013)

Dave Bry is sorry. Very sorry. He's sorry to Wendy Metzger for singing the last verse of "Stairway to Heaven" into her ear while slow dancing in junior high school. He's sorry to Judy and Michael Gailhouse for...


Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

by Lauren Drain & Lisa Pulitzer Grand Central Publishing (March 05, 2013)

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here,...


Hitmaker: The Man and His Music

by Tommy Mottola & Cal Fussman Grand Central Publishing (January 29, 2013)

Much has been written about Tommy Mottola, one of the most powerful, visionary, and successful executives in the history of the music industry. He discovered, developed and launched the careers of many superstars,...


The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life

by Margaret Roach Grand Central Publishing (January 15, 2013)

Margaret Roach has been harvesting thirty years of backyard parables-deceptively simple, instructive stories from a life spent digging ever deeper-and has distilled them in this memoir along with her best tips...


Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment

by Katrina Kenison Grand Central Publishing (January 08, 2013)

"No longer indispensable, no longer assured of our old carefully crafted identities, no longer beautiful in the way we were at twenty or thirty or forty, we are hungry and searching nonetheless."

From the author...


Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story

by Greg Smith Grand Central Publishing (October 22, 2012)

On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith's bombshell Op-Ed in the New York Times titled "Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs." The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending...


Mennonite Meets Mr. Right: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love

by Rhoda Janzen Grand Central Publishing (October 02, 2012)

At the end of her bestselling memoir Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family roots, though her future felt uncertain. When this overeducated professor starts dating the...


Outside the Wire

by Jason Kander Grand Central Publishing (August 07, 2018)

A smart and revealing political memoir from a rising star of the Democratic Party, Jason Kander.

Barack Obama has called Jason Kander the future of the Democratic Party. A former Army Captain who served in...


Meghan

by Andrew Morton Grand Central Publishing (April 17, 2018)

From Andrew Morton, the New York Times bestselling author of Diana: Her True Story, comes a revealing, juicy, and inspiring biography of Meghan Markle, the American actress who won Prince Harry's heart.


Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy

by Andrew Morton Grand Central Publishing (February 13, 2018)

For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the...


Murder Beyond the Grave

by James Patterson Grand Central Publishing (February 06, 2018)

Two true-crime thrillers as seen on Discovery's Murder is Forever TV series - premiering February 2018

MURDER BEYOND THE GRAVE. Stephen Small has it all-a Ferrari, fancy house, loving wife, and three boys. But...


Driver #8

by Dale Earnhardt Grand Central Publishing (July 31, 2007)

Earnhardt recounts his rookie season and shares memories of his father in an engaging book that is sure to appeal to the millions of NASCAR (stock-car racing) fans worldwide.


What Would Dolly Do?

by Lauren Marino Grand Central Publishing (April 24, 2018)

A spirited homage to Dolly Parton that captures the unique humor, no-nonsense wisdom, flash, and sass of one of America's most iconic stars.

One of twelve children raised in a shack in the foothills of the Appalachian...


Can't Help Myself

by Meredith Goldstein Grand Central Publishing (April 03, 2018)

A disarmingly honest memoir about giving advice when you're not sure what you're doing yourself, by the woman behind The Boston Globe's Love Letters column.

Every day, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein...


Take You Wherever You Go

by Kenny Leon & Samuel L. Jackson Grand Central Publishing (June 05, 2018)

Starting from humble beginnings under his grandmother's care, Leon takes us to unexpected places in his ascent to the top from the house off the dirt road without electricity in rural Florida to being the first...


Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

by Eric Manheimer Grand Central Publishing (July 10, 2012)

In the spirit of Oliver Sacks Awakenings and the TV series House, Dr. Eric Manheimer's TWELVE PATIENTS is a memoir from the Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of twelve very different...


The Most Dangerous Man in America

by Bill Minutaglio & Steven L. Davis Grand Central Publishing (January 09, 2018)

From Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, authors of the PEN Center USA award-winning Dallas 1963, comes a madcap narrative about Timothy Leary's daring prison escape and run from the law.

On the moonlit evening...


Well, That Escalated Quickly

James Patterson's  Murder Is Forever: Volume 2

by James Patterson Grand Central Publishing (January 02, 2018)

Two true crime thrillers that inspired the Investigation Discovery series!


Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner

by Lily Raff McCaulou Grand Central Publishing (June 12, 2012)

When Lily Raff McCaulou traded in an indie film production career in New York for a reporting job in central Oregon, she never imagined that she'd find herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She'd been...


Sisters First

by Barbara Pierce Bush, Jenna Bush Hager & Laura Bush Grand Central Publishing (October 24, 2017)

Funny and poignant personal stories and reflections from former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush.

Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small...


Man Made: In Which a Dad Learns to Be a Man for His Son

by Joel Stein Grand Central Publishing (May 15, 2012)

The smudge looked suspiciously penis- like. The doctor confirmed: "That's the baby's penis!" which caused not celebration, but panic. Joel pictured having to go camping and fix a car and use a hammer and throw...


The Blue Cascade: A Memoir of Life after War

by Mike Scotti Grand Central Publishing (May 15, 2012)

Sometimes the hardest battle is the one after the war. As one of the soldiers on the front line of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lieutenant Scotti was taught that weakness is what gets you killed: no hesitation,...