Abandoned by their parents as toddlers, Willie and Bobbie Nelson found their love of music almost immediately through their grandparents, who raised them in a dusty small town in east Texas. Their close relationship--which persists today--is the longest-lasting bond in either of their lives. In alternating chapters, this heartfelt dual memoir weaves together their lives as they experienced them both side-by-side and apart with powerful, emotional stories from growing up, playing music in public for the first time, and the trials they each faced in adulthood as Willie pursued a songwriting career and Bobbie faced a series of challenging relationships and a musical career that only took off when attitudes about women began to change in Texas. Bobbie, a longtime member of Willie's band, shares her life story in full here for the first time in deeply affecting chapters about her personal relationships and life as a mother and a musician with technical skills that even Willie admits surpass his own. Willie and Bobbie supported each other through unthinkable personal tragedies, and they always shared in each other's triumphs. Through dizzying highs and traumatic lows, including abusive relationships, the loss of children, and the heights of their separate and shared musical careers, Willie and Bobbie have always had each other's back. Their story is a poignant, lyrical statement of how family always finds the way--
Emmy Award-winning NPR journalist Maria Hinojosa shares her personal story interwoven with American immigration policy's coming-of-age journey at a time when our country's branding went from The Land of the Free to the land of invasion.--
In 1975, thirteen-year-old Lan Cao boarded an airplane in Saigon and got off in a world where she faced hosts she had not met before, a language she didn't speak, and food she didn't recognize, with the faint hope that she would be able to go home soon. Lan fought her way through confusion, and racism, to become a successful lawyer and novelist. Four decades later, she faced the biggest challenge in her life: raising her daughter Harlan--half Vietnamese by birth and 100 percent American teenager by inclination. In their lyrical joint memoir, told in alternating voices, mother and daughter cross ages and ethnicities to tackle the hardest questions about assimilation, aspiration, and family. Lan wrestles with her identities as not merely an immigrant but a refugee from an unpopular war. She has bigoted teachers who undermine her in the classroom and tormenting inner demons, but she does achieve--either despite or because of the work ethic and tight support of a traditional Vietnamese family struggling to get by in a small American town. Lan has ambitions, for herself, and for her daughter, but even as an adult feels tentative about her place in her adoptive country, and ventures through motherhood as if it is a foreign landscape. Reflecting and refracting her mother's narrative, Harlan fiercely describes the rites of passage of childhood and adolescence, filtered through the aftereffects of her family's history of war, tragedy, and migration. Harlan's struggle to make friends in high school challenges her mother to step back and let her daughter find her own way.
The author of How to Be a Woman presents a humorous confessional memoir that reflects on the lighter side of the patriarchy while exploring topics ranging from middle age, parenting, and marriage to feminism and existential crises.
Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death, the best-selling author of Shout! delivers a compelling new biography of the legendary guitarist. Celebrated as the most innovative guitarist ever to play, Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is renowned for symphonic solos and virtuosic picking (sometimes, with his teeth). But, as Philip Norman describes, before Hendrix was setting guitars aflame onstage, he was a shy kid in Seattle, lucking at a broken ukulele and looking out for his father, who chided him for playing left- handed. Interweaving new interviews with friends, lovers, bandmates, and his family, Wild Thing vividly reconstructs Hendrix's remarkable life- from playing in segregated clubs on the Chitlin' Circuit to earning stardom in Swinging London in 1966. For more than four mind- boggling years Hendrix found unparalleled success, making historic appearances at Monterey and Woodstock while becoming the highest paid musician of his day, but it all abruptly ended with his tragic death in the sordid basement of a London hotel. Filled with insights into the greatest moments in rock history, Wild Thing reveals the endlessly complex figure behind the unforgettable riffs--
John Elway's historic moments are known by two-word phrases. Before his NFL career even started, he was at the center of the craziest play in college football history, which is simply known as 'The Play.' Before he signed a pro contract, there was 'The Trade.' His career included 'The Drive' and 'The Fumble,' and, of course, 'The Helicopter,' a play so iconic in Super Bowl lore that it's played on highlight reels every January in the lead up to the game. There are so many memorable comeback victories and heroic plays that people make lists rather than consider Elway in the context of any singular event. Elway's role in the ascendance of quarterbacks to the summit of sports culture was as a dynamic athlete possessed of seemingly limitless talent. In the face of all the talent, Elway's story is filled with one challenge after another. In college, Stanford never went to a bowl game during his four years there and his college career ended with Cal returning a kickoff for a touchdown ... through the Stanford band. Elway was ripped for being petulant after refusing to play for the Baltimore Colts when he was drafted No. 1 overall, and later for his failure to get along with coach Dan Reeves. Over the first 10 years of his career, Elway led Denver to three Super Bowls, but lost in progressively worse fashion each time. Finally, after 15 years of perseverance, Elway led the Broncos to back-to-back championships, including the biggest upset in Super Bowl history. He won the Most Valuable Player award in his final Super Bowl game and then walked away from football. Retirement was no joy. Within four years of quitting football, his father and twin sister both died, and he went through a difficult divorce from his college sweetheart. In search of redemption, Elway returned to football ... at the bottom. He spent eight years running the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League. He prepared and waited more than a decade to return to his beloved Broncos, at a moment when the franchise had reached an all-time low. While many people doubted Elway initially, he navigated the Broncos through massive changes and won from the start. Denver made the playoffs in each of Elway's first five years, appeared in two Super Bowls, and capped that run with a win in Super Bowl 50, making Elway the rare Hall of Famer to win a title both on and off the field. Through it all, Elway has put his passion for competition on display in a way only a handful of other NFL greats have ever done. Elway is the most complete look ever at one of the most accomplished competitors in the history of American sports--
Senator Jon Tester is a rare voice in Congress. He is the only United States senator who manages a full-time job outside of the Senateas a farmer. But what has really come to distinguish Tester in the Senate is his commitment to accountability, his ability to stand up to Donald Trump, and his success in, time and again, winning red state voters back to the Democratic Party. n Grounded, Tester shares his early life, his rise in the Democratic party, his vision for helping rural America, and his strategies for reaching red state voters. Leaning deeply into lessons on the value of authenticity and hard work that he learned growing up on his familys 1,800-acre farm near the small town of Big Sandy, Montanathe same farm he continues to work today with his wife, SharlaTester has made his political career a testament to crossing the divides of class and geography. The media and Democrats too often discount rural people as Trump supporters; Tester knows better. His voice is vital to the public discourse as we seek to understand the issues that are important to rural and working-class America in not just the 2020 election but also for years to come.
By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen, a booming American nation he had steered through some of the most perilous diplomatic standoffs of the Cold War era. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had ascended the ranks of Boston's labyrinthine political machine, Kennedy was bred for government, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest president ever cemented his status as one of the most mythologized political figures in American history. And yet, in the decades since his untimely death, hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have made our 35th president more mysterious than ever--a problem further exacerbated by the fact that no genuinely comprehensive account of his life has yet been attempted. Beckoned by this gap in our historical knowledge, Fredrik Logevall has spent seven years searching for the real JFK. The result of this prodigious effort is a sweeping two-volume biography that, for the first time, properly contextualizes Kennedy amidst the roiling American Century. Beginning with the three generations of Kennedy men and women who transformed the clan from working-class Irish immigrants to members of Boston's political elite, Volume One spans the first thirty-nine years of JFK's life, from sickly second son to restless Harvard undergraduate and World War II hero, through his ascendance on Capitol Hill and, finally, his decision to run for president. In chronicling Kennedy's extraordinary life and times, Logevall offers the clearest portrait we have of an iconic, yet still elusive, American president.--
Award-winning, platinum-selling country music star Sara Evans is no stranger to disappointment and heartache. But in this inspirational book, she opens up, sharing intimate and revealing stories and lessons learned from her life, encouraging readers to hold onto their faith and stay positive, even when life doesn't turn out as planned. Full of wisdom, relatable advice, and laugh-out-loud moments, fans new and old will love this inspirational story of overcoming and thriving, even when life doesn't turn out the way you imagine--
The chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious gets uncomfortably real in his debut memoir--