An anthology of personal and historical anecdotes collected by the popular actor explores the remarkable impact of horses on human culture while reflecting on the work of his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show.
"Imagine keeping a record of every book you ever read. What would those titles say about you? With humor and warmth, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life. For twenty-eight years, Pamela Paul has been keeping a diary that records the books she reads, rather than the life she leads. Or does it? Over time, it's become clear that this Book of Books, or Bob, as she calls him, tells a much bigger story. For Paul, as for many readers, books reflect her inner life— her fantasies and hopes, her dreams and ideas. And her life, in turn, influences which books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, diversion or self-reflection, information or entertainment. My Life with Bob isn't about what's in those books; it's about the relationship between books and readers. Bob was with her when she struggled to get through the Norton Anthology of English Literature in college and when she read Anna Karenina while living abroad alone. He was there when she fell in love and much needed when she sought solace in self-help and memoirs like Autobiography of a Face. Through marriage and divorce, remarriage (The Master and Margarita) and parenthood (The Hunger Games), professional setbacks and successes, Bob recorded what she read while all that happened. The diary—now coffee-stained and frayed—is the record of a lifelong love affair with books, and has come to mean more to her than any other material possession. My Life with Bob is a testament to the power of books to provide the perspective, courage, companionship, and ultimately self-knowledge to forge our own path"—
A Surgeon in the Village tells the inspiring story of doctors who, through a "train-forward" philosophy, changed the health care of an African nation. The story exposes a major and largely neglected global-health issue—the shortage of surgeons. "A lyrical, inspirational and altogether rewarding account of first- and third-world surgeons working together to perform neurosurgery miracles in the heart of Africa." —Tom Brokaw.
A South Los Angeles woman who self-medicated with drugs after her son's death and was in and out of prison for 15 years describes her struggle to get clean and how she became an advocate and supporter of women facing similar situations. 40,000 first printing.
The author of Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals presents a darkly comic memoir about her relationship with her unconventional married Catholic priest father, describing emblematic moments from her youth and the crisis that led the author and her non-religious husband to briefly live in her parents' rectory.
The star of Precious shares details about her childhood with a polygamous father in Harlem, her gifted mother who supported them by singing in the subway and her own unconventional rise to fame.
Traces key events, witnessed by the author, throughout the past fifty years, assesses the evolution of global democracy, and discusses how it is under attack throughout the world.
The first rock climber to free-climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan chronicles his life of adventure, from growing up with his fanatical mountain-guide father to being held hostage by militants in Kyrgyzstan to the seven years it took to pursue is crowning achievement in Yosemite.
The child prodigy-turned-violin virtuoso describes how her career was upended by the 2010 theft of her beloved 1696 Stradivarius, revealing how the instrument represented her senses of self and music and how its displacement triggered revelations about art, passion and what it means to do what one loves.
The comedian conducts a series of irreverent "scientific" experiments to discover the secret to happiness, from learning martial arts and speeding in a Lamborghini to communing with nature and volunteering.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Bascombe novels presents a memoir in two parts on the lives of his parents in the Depression-era South that explores their motivations and dreams, his traveling salesman father's early death and the family's transient lives in a series of hotels. 200,000 first printing.
Tales of a 6' 4, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
A memoir and manifesto by the comedian, hit podcast host and star of United Shades of America shares intersectional progressive views on forefront issues ranging from race relations and law enforcement to right-wing politics and parenthood.
The Ohio governor, and vocal Republican critic of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, answers the burning question of our time: "Where do Americans go from here?" Do we head down the right path ... or the garden path?
The Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services in New York City presents a revelatory and compassionate memoir of her work inside Bellevue Hospital's forensic psychiatry unit to share insights into the cases, colleagues and system that have shaped her views about survival and humanity.
"On October 3, 2000, 21-year-old pitcher Rick Ankiel took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the National League division series. All was going well until Ankiel, who'd been lauded as the next Bob Gibson, threw a pitch that missed the mitt—wildly. Then he threw another. Then another, five in all. Slowly at first, then rapidly, his once-impenetrable pitcher's psyche crumbled. He would forever look back on that day as the day the unwelcome, inexplicable Phenomenon arrived. In this book, written with veteran sports journalist Tim Brown, Rick Ankiel tells the story of his personal battle with an anxiety condition widely known as the Yips, the courageous soul-searching that followed, and his eventual triumph over the demons in his own mind to reenter the game. For the next four and a half years after that day in October, Ankiel fought the Yips with every bow in his quiver: psychotherapy, medication, deep breathing exercises, self-help books, and, eventually, vodka. Yet the cure eluded Ankiel, much as the clinical diagnosis eluded the physicians and psychotherapists who studied it. Forced not just to retire from baseball but to reconsider his whole life the age of 25, Ankiel made an amazing turnaround, returning to the major leagues, this time as a hitter. He played seven successful years in the majors, finally retiring in 2013. This book is the story of a once-in-a-generation talent, a man haunted by strange personal demons, and who found the strength to overcome them"—