A personal, intimate, photographic celebration of President Barack Obama in the years prior to his presidency, from friend and former aide David Katz--
In That Time of Year, Garrison Keillor looks back on his life and recounts how a Brethren boy with writerly ambitions grew up in a small town on the Mississippi in the 1950s and, seeing three good friends die young, turned to comedy and radio. Through a series of unreasonable lucky breaks, he founded A Prairie Home Companion and put himself in line for a good life, including mistakes, regrets, and a few medical adventures. PHC lasted forty-two years, 1,557 shows, and enjoyed the freedom to do as it pleased for three or four million listeners every Saturday at 5 p.m. Central. He got to sing with Emmylou Harris and Renée Fleming and once sang two songs to the U.S. Supreme Court. He played a private eye and a cowboy, gave the news from his hometown, Lake Wobegon, and met Somali cabdrivers who'd learned English from listening to the show. He wrote bestselling novels, won a Grammy and a National Humanities Medal, and made a movie with Robert Altman with an alarming amount of improvisation.--Amazon.
The Emmy Award winner, co-host of The View, and ABC News senior legal correspondent chronicles her journey from growing up in a South Bronx housing project to becoming an assistant US attorney and journalist in this memoir that offers an intimate and unique look at identity, intolerance, and injustice. Hostin offers encouragement to those on the verge of giving up their dreams and implores us to rethink our biases, to not underestimate someone because of their gender, dismiss another because of their ethnicity, or prejudge someone because of their economic circumstances.
Henry Adams is perhaps the most eclectic, accomplished, and important American writer of his time. His autobiography and modern classic The Education of Henry Adams was widely considered one of the best English-language nonfiction books of the 20th century. The last member of his distinguished family--after great-grandfather John Adams, and grandfather John Quincy Adams--to gain national attention, he is remembered today as an historian, a political commentator, and a memoirist. Now, historian David Brown sheds light on the brilliant yet under-celebrated life of this major American intellectual. Adams not only lived through the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution but he met Abraham Lincoln, bowed before Queen Victoria, and counted powerful figures, including Secretary of State John Hay, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, and President Theodore Roosevelt as friends and neighbors. His observations of these men and their policies in his private letters provide a penetrating assessment of Gilded Age America on the cusp of the modern era. -- Inside front jacket flap.~Illuminates the achievements of the nineteenth-century historian, writer, and intellectual, discussing Adams's relationships with political leaders inside and outside of his family and his witness to the dawn of modern America.
The definitive memoir of the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist and former Saturday Night Live writer, tracing his journey from rural Ontario to New York City success. From snowbound, post-World War II Ontario winters to Mad Men-era New York City to the hallowed halls of Saturday Night Live and The New Yorker, Bruce McCall has seen it all. With wit, candor, and cover illustrations showcasing Bruce's storied career, this lifetime and career memoir will charm his many fans and anyone who knows and loves the places and eras he describes so well--