By Elton John
As a shy boy growing up in a London suburb, Reginald Dwight dreamt of becoming a pop star. At 23, he performed his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. The music world would never be the same. Sir Elton John is the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history.
JANIS: Her Life and Music
By Holly George-Warren
Joplin passed into legend as an impassioned, pained soul with one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But readers will discover a woman who wasn’t all about suffering. Sourcing Joplin’s family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, this intimate biography establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was.
By Edmund Morris
From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Morris comes a revelatory biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history. Edison’s image—polished by his fame as the inventor of the incandescent lightbulb, the phonograph, the Kinetoscope moving-picture camera, and the rechargable alkaline battery—solidified over time, obscured the real man…until now.
American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford
By Roland De Wolk
Stanford is best known for founding the world-class university that became and remains the nucleus of Silicon Valley, but the astonishing tale of this robber baron, politician, and historic influencer shows how one supremely ambitious man became this country’s original “disruptor”—reshaping industry and engineering one of the greatest raids on the public treasury for America’s transcontinental railroad.
Sontag: Her Life and Work
By Benjamin Moser
This is the definitive portrait of one of the American Century’s most towering intellectuals. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Sontag left a legacy of writing that forms an indispensable key to modern culture.
Year of the Monkey
By Patti Smith
From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids
and M Train
, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland. $24.95
Written and illustrated by Lucy Knisley
New York Times
–bestselling author Lucy Knisley always wanted to be a mother. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy was plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience in labor and delivery. Kid Gloves
is a moving graphic memoir that follows Lucy’s personal transition into motherhood, and it also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health. $19.99
Dreamers and Schemers: How an Improbable Bid for the 1932 Olympics Transformed Los Angeles from Dusty Outpost to Global Metropolis
By Barry Siegel
Los Angeles’s pursuit and staging of the 1932 Olympic Games during the depths of the Great Depression helped fuel the city’s transformation. Leading that pursuit was the “Prince of Realtors,” William May (Billy) Garland, a prominent figure in early Los Angeles. In important respects, the story of Billy Garland is the story of Los Angeles. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barry Siegel.
I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story
By Anthony Daniels, J.J. Abrams
C-3PO wasn’t actually a robot, or some amazing animatronic creation—he was an actor named Anthony Daniels. With his gleaming golden body and good-intentioned (yet worrisome) personality, C-3PO was the first to speak in the first Star Wars movie and, since then, Daniels has appeared in more Star Wars movies than any other actor. His is a unique perspective on the creation of the forty-year saga.
No Surrender: A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today
By Christ Edmonds, Douglas Century
Pastor Chris Edmonds knew little of his father’s actions in the war so he followed a trail of clues spanning seven decades. Part detective story, part World War II historical narrative, this is the true story of Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds whose inspired leadership and bravery saved hundreds of U.S. infantrymen’s lives while a prisoner at war camp Stalag IXA in Germany.
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith
By Timothy Egan
Moved by his mother’s death and his Irish Catholic family’s complicated history with the church, Egan follows in the footsteps of centuries of seekers from Canterbury to Rome to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. The thousand-mile walk through the theological cradle of Christianity explores one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created.
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide
By Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
The highly anticipated dual memoir by the beloved hosts of the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder
includes their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction. Fiercely empathic and unapologetically frank, Karen and Georgia recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation. $24.99
Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran’s 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal — Recovering from PTSD and Moral Injury through Meditation
By Tom Voss and Rebecca Anne Nguyen
After serving in a scout/sniper platoon in Iraq, Tom Voss came home carrying invisible wounds of war — the memory of doing or witnessing things that went against his fundamental beliefs. Desperate for relief, Voss embarked on a 2,700-mile walking journey across America. His story will give inspiration to veterans, their friends and family, and survivors of all kinds.