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Punk Rock Blitzkrieg

by Marky Ramone & Richard Herschlag Touchstone (January 13, 2015)

The “entertaining and enlightening” (Stephen King) final word on the genius and mischief of the Ramones, told by the man who created the beat behind their iconic music and lived to tell about it.

When punk...


Starve the Vulture: A Memoir

by Jason Carney Kaylie Jones Books (December 15, 2014)

A stirring story of criminality, drug addiction, recovery, and unlikely fame.


"It's the Pictures That Got Small": Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age

by Anthony Slide & Jim Moore Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an extremely observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry during its most exciting years. He is best remembered as the writing partner...


Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

by Patton Oswalt Scribner (January 06, 2015)

The instant New York Times bestseller from author, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, a “heartfelt and hilarious” (USA TODAY) memoir about coming of age as a performer during the late 1990s while obsessively...


Anyone Who's Anyone

by George Wayne Harper (December 05, 2017)

From former Vanity Fair magazine’s celebrity interviewer George Wayne comes a collection of piquant, poignant, and nostalgic interviews with some of the iconic personalities of our time, curated from his legendary...


The Black Horn: The Story of Classical French Hornist Robert Lee Watt

by Robert Lee Watt Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 30, 2014)

Today, the number of African Americans who hold chairs in major American symphony orchestras are few and far between, and Watt is the first in many years to write about this uniquely exhilarating—and at times...


Marilyn Monroe Day by Day: A Timeline of People, Places, and Events

by Carl Rollyson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

In Marilyn Monroe Day by Day: A Timeline of People, Places, and Events, Carl Rollyson provides a documentary approach to the life and legend of this singular personality. With details of her childhood, her young...


Behind the Scenes

by Judi Dench St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2014)

From her first theatrical roles as a teenager in York to her scene-stealing performances as 'M' in the James Bond films, Dame Judi Dench's professional life has consisted of non-stop acting, leading to numerous...


Daring to Dream

by Sam Bailey Blink Publishing (November 04, 2014)

In this wonderful and honest book, The X Factor winner and bona fide pop star Sam Bailey tells her unique story and reveals what happens when you have the courage to follow your dreams. Born in south-east London,...


A Postillion Struck by Lightning

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (August 26, 2014)

Following Bogarde from childhood through adolescence, to the beginnings of his budding career, A Postillion Struck By Lightning is a heartfelt memoir, offering insight into what created the drive and charisma...


Snakes and Ladders

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (August 26, 2014)

In Snakes and Ladders, the second instalment of Dirk Bogarde's carefully observed autobiography, we are taken from the challenges of his army training camp, through the horrors of war, to his glittering Â?...


Absolutely Now!

by Lynne Franks Bloomsbury Publishing (August 14, 2014)

Lynne Franks is a legendary figure in international fashion and public relations and the inspiration for the outrageous and driven character of Edina on the cult television series, 'Absolutely Fabulous.' Yet...


The Andy Cohen Diaries

by Andy Cohen Henry Holt and Co. (November 11, 2014)

A New York Times bestseller, The Andy Cohen Diaries chronicles a year in the whirlwind life of the beloved pop icon, in his own cheeky, candid, and irreverent words

As a TV Producer and host of the smash late...


Andrei Tarkovsky: A Life on the Cross

by Lyudmila Boyadzhieva Glagoslav Publications B.V. (February 18, 2014)

Andrei Tarkovsky died in a Paris hospital in 1986, aged just 54. An internationally acclaimed icon of the film industry, the legacy Tarkovsky left for his fans included Andrei Rublev, Stalker, Nostalgia and...


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...


Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life

by Sophia Loren Atria Books (November 04, 2014)

In her first memoir, the Academy Award–winning actress Sophia Loren tells her incredible life story from the struggles of her childhood in war-torn Naples to her life as a screen legend, icon of elegance,...


Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee

by James Gavin Atria Books (November 11, 2014)

Praised by the New York Times Book Review as “fascinating, suspenseful, careful, musically detailed, and insightful,” this is a long-overdue biography of recording artist and musical legend Peggy Lee.

Miss...


Hope

by Richard Zoglin Simon & Schuster (November 04, 2014)

“Revelatory…fascinating” (The New York Times): The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was the most important entertainer...


A Short Walk from Harrods

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2012)

Forced into returning to London because of his manager and partner's fast deteriorating health, Bogarde has to re-adapt to life in the West London neighbourhoods that groomed him as an aspiring young actor....


The Life of Ian Fleming

by John Pearson Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

It is now over fifty years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducing 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in...


Great Meadow

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2012)

Employing both the language and lucidity of the young boy that he evokes, the actor turned author, Dirk Bogarde, presents us with a charming recollection of his childhood. From 1927 to 1934 he lived in a remote...


Cleared for Take-Off

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2012)

During his many reconnaissance missions in Europe and the Far East, the young Bogarde experienced the terror of enemy attack and the horror of its aftermath, together with the intense camaraderie and bitter...


For the Time Being

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2012)

In 1988 Dirk Bogarde returned from two idyllic decades in France to live in England because of his partner's serious illness. Shortly afterwards, the then Literary Editor of the Daily Telegraph, admiring the...


Backcloth

by Dirk Bogarde Bloomsbury Publishing (January 15, 2012)

Filling in the gaps left between his previous memoirs, as well as highlighting new episodes, Backcloth explores the patterns of pleasure and pain that have made up Bogarde's extraordinary life. It is based on...


Lady Unknown

by Edna Healey Bloomsbury Publishing (December 01, 2011)

In 1837, at the age of twenty-three, Angela Burdett-Coutts inherited a vast fortune from her banker grandfather, making her one of the richest and thus potentially powerful women in Victorian England. She moved...


Freddy Lonsdale

by Frances Donaldson Bloomsbury Publishing (September 28, 2011)

A biography of one of the London theatre's most important wits and playwrights. Donaldson discusses the life and work of the man who wrote over twenty plays and musicals that were produced in London in the first...


Hitch

by John Russell Taylor Bloomsbury Publishing (April 16, 2013)

One of cinema's greatest directors, a virtuoso visual artist, and a genius of the suspense genre, Alfred Hitchcock (1899Â?1980) is universally known for such masterpieces as Strangers on a Train, Rear Window,...


John Arpin: Keyboard Virtuoso

by Robert Popple Dundurn (April 20, 2009)

Born and raised in Port McNicoll, John Arpin is today regarded as one of Canada's finest keyboard virtuosos, performing at concert halls around the world. This authorized biography is based on extensive research...


That Close

by Suggs Quercus (November 04, 2014)

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Written with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colorful...


Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

by David Ritz Little, Brown and Company (October 28, 2014)

The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz.

Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother,...


Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?

by George Clinton & Ben Greenman Atria Books (October 21, 2014)

The long-awaited memoir from one of the greatest bandleaders, hit makers, and most influential pop artists of our time—known for over forty R&B hit singles—George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic.

George...


Brief Encounters

by Dick Cavett & Jimmy Fallon Henry Holt and Co. (October 28, 2014)

Dick Cavett is back, sharing his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life

In Brief Encounters, the legendary talk show host Dick Cavett...


American Outlaw

by Jesse James Gallery Books (March 15, 2011)

The New York Times bestselling self-portrait of a flawed but determined Jesse James: rebel, outlaw, gearhead, artist, entrepreneur, lost son, and fiercely committed father.

Jesse James is everything you imagined...


From This Moment On

by Shania Twain Atria Books (May 03, 2011)

Now in paperback from superstar Shania Twain, a poignant, heartfelt, and beautifully told account of her hard-scrabble childhood, rise to worldwide fame, and recent personal tragedies.

The world may know Shania...


Dancing with Myself

by Billy Idol Touchstone (October 07, 2014)

A Rolling Stone Top 10 Best Music Books of the Year

“That’s what I’m talking about…Of all these memoirs, Dancing With Myself was the only one that stimulated my envy—made me want to be Billy Idol for...


Santa Claus Is for Real

by Charles Edward Hall & Bret Witter Gallery Books (October 14, 2014)

A heartwarming true-life fable from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Santa—including his personal journey of discovering the magic of Christmas.

Every year, over a million people attend the Radio City Christmas...


McBusted

by Jennifer Parker Simon & Schuster UK (October 23, 2014)

This is the first book to tell the full inside story of the world's most awesome supergroup, McBUSTED.

McBusted takes an exclusive look at the birth of Busted and McFly, two ground-breaking pop-rock bands who...


Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?

by Mark Zwonitzer & Charles Hirshberg Simon & Schuster (October 14, 2014)

The first major biography of the Carter Family, the musical pioneers who almost single-handedly created the sounds and traditions that grew into modern folk, country, and bluegrass music.

Meticulously researched...


18 and Life on Skid Row

by Sebastian Bach Dey Street Books (December 06, 2016)

18 And Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas to California and finally to Canada and who at the age of eight discovered the gift that would change his...


Cosby

by Mark Whitaker Simon & Schuster (August 14, 2014)

The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun...


My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire

by Maurice White & Herb Powell Amistad (September 13, 2016)

Foreword by Steve Harvey and afterword by David Foster

The Grammy-winning founder of the legendary pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco group tells his story and charts the rise of his legendary band in this sincere memoir...


Lady Parts

by Andrea Martin HarperCollins Publishers (September 23, 2014)

Whether lighting up the small screen, stealing scenes on the big screen or starring on the stage, Andrea Martin has long entertained Canadians with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances....


Down the Rabbit Hole

by Holly Madison Dey Street Books (June 23, 2015)

The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion—and, finally, the secret truth about the man who holds the key—from one of the few people who truly knows:...


You Might Remember Me

by Mike Thomas St. Martin's Press (September 23, 2014)

Beloved TV comedic actor Phil Hartman is best known for his eight brilliant seasons on Saturday Night Live, where his versatility and comedic timing resulted in some of the funniest and most famous sketches...


They Call Me Supermensch

by Shep Gordon Anthony Bourdain/Ecco (September 20, 2016)

An eye-popping peek into entertainment industry from the magnetic force who has worked with an impeccable roster of stars throughout his storied career.

In the course of his legendary career as a manager, agent,...


Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness

by Danielle Fishel Gallery Books (September 09, 2014)

A warm and witty memoir by Danielle Fishel, the beloved star of the ’90s sitcom Boy Meets World and the eagerly anticipated spin-off, Girl Meets World.

Best known for playing Topanga Lawrence on Boy Meets World...


Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool

by Primus & Greg Prato Akashic Books (September 16, 2014)

An oral history of the legendary band Primus, with a star-studded cast of interviewees (Tom Waits, Trey Anastasio, etc.)


Peter Brook

by Michael Kustow St. Martin's Press (September 02, 2014)

Peter Brook is one of the world's legendary theater directors. His productions are a byword for imagination, energy, and innovation. From his ground-breaking production of Marat/Sade, to his "white box" A Midsummer...


The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life

by Maria Menounos HarperCollins e-books (April 19, 2011)

Raised by working-class immigrant parents and later exposed to Hollywood's most elite experts in every field, Access Hollywood's, Today's, and Nightly News's reporter Maria Menounos reveals her EveryGirl secrets...


Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist

by Mike Farrell & Martin Sheen RDV Books (March 01, 2007)

The paperback edition of the national best-selling memoir from the M*A*S*H star.