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New Titles Nonfiction July 2014

Biography & Memoir

Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums
Travis Barker and Gavin Edwards
Chronicling the many highs and lows of his life, including the plane crash that nearly killed him, the drummer for the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182 shares his thoughts on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss and redemption.

The Chairman: The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer
Peter Golenbock
In this insider expose, Golenbock explores the scandal-ridden career of a former chairman of the Florida Republican Party.

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
Vicki Croke
James Howard “Billy” Williams had an uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals which transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.

Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace
Michael Morton
Drawing on personal recollections, court transcripts and extensive journal entries, Morton recounts his wrongful conviction and imprisonment for the murder of his wife, sharing for the first time his views on the conviction of the actual killer and the legal malpractice charges against his prosecutor.

The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority
Patrick J. Buchanan
The former Nixon adviser and talk-show commentator traces the unanticipated political rebirth of the 37th president just six years after his devastating gubernatorial loss, and shares insights into how Nixon resurrected his career and reunited a divided Republican party.

I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain
Courtney Robertson
Revealing the love, heartbreak and reality behind reality television, a former Bachelor contestant and Season 16 winner, who quickly became the biggest villain in the history of the show, dishes on her fellow contestants and what really happened on and off the cameras after the final rose was bestowed.

I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir
Lee Grant
An Academy Award-winning actress and former Vogue “It Girl” describes her rise to fame and the subsequent destruction of her career due to her inclusion on the Hollywood blacklist, and chronicles how she eventually rebuilt her life and career after being exonerated.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
Marja Mills
Mills describes the story of a journalist who befriended the notoriously quiet and reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, eventually moving in next door to the writer and her sister and becoming part of their life in Alabama.

Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space 
Lynn Sherr
A definitive portrait of the history-making first American woman astronaut includes coverage of her service aboard the panel that investigated the shuttle disasters, her co-founding of a science-education organization for girls, and her guarded personal life.

Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black
Chris Tomlinson
In this companion to the prize-winning documentary of the same name, Tomlinson traces the story of two families – his own, and the descendants of the slaves his ancestors owned in a small Texas community.

Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man
Ja Rule
The actor, singer, songwriter and rap artist offers practical wisdom, growth, and hope by recalling his troubled youth and the transformative years he spent in a federal prison, experiences he credits with helping him become the man, father, husband, and community role model he is today.

 

General Nonfiction

Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era
Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts
Two investigative reporters describe how two ledgers used as collateral on an uncollected debt contained lists of sports professionals who visited a Miami antiaging clinic for anabolic steroids and other illegal, performance-enhancing drugs and began a scandal that tarnished the career and reputation of Alex Rodriguez.

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do
Wallace J. Nichols and Celine Cousteau
The authors discuss the importance of humans’ connection to water and how people are drawn to being in, on or around oceans, rivers, lakes and streams, and point to recent findings in neuroscience that indicate that proximity to water can improve mood, performance, health and success.

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
John Waters
The visual artist behind such cult films as Hairspray traces his haphazard cross-country hitchhiking journey at the sides of a motley group of unsuspecting drivers, including a gentle farmer, an indie band and the person who became the author’s unexpected hero.

Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine
Daniel Halper
Through extensive research and the use of exclusive documents and detailed interviews, an investigative reporter reveals the strategy Bill and Hillary Clinton used and the deals they made in order to turn their political fortunes around and lay the groundwork for their careers in public service.

Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Redefining Contemporary Art
Arthur I. Miller
Miller offers a tour of a new art movement that combines creativity with the world of cutting edge scientific advances, exploring how innovative thinkers and artists from a wide range of disciplines are being inspired by new discoveries in biotechnology, cosmology and quantum physics.

The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief
Alan Connor
A British comic writer for The Guardian explores the history of the crossword puzzle, which made its debut in 1913 and went from being considered a menace to productivity to being used to recruit code breakers by the military.

Dark Forces: The Truth about What Happened in Benghazi
Kenneth R. Timmerman
Timmerman investigates the tragedy of Benghazi, putting the events within the larger context of Middle East foreign policy.

Diary of a Mad Diva
Joan Rivers
In this follow-up to her best-seller, I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me, the legendary comedian presents the hilarious contents of her diary, which offers insights, quips, musings and critiques on her daily life, pop culture, and celebrities.

The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side
Damien Lewis
Lewis documents the true story of a World War II Royal Air Force service dog that aided missions and survived close calls before saving the life of his closest human companion.

The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis
Arthur Allen
Allen describes the true story of how Weigl, an eccentric Polish scientist, was tasked by the Nazis to create a typhus vaccine and how he hid the intelligence from the Gestapo by hiring them to work in his laboratory.

The Fixer: The Notorious Life of a Front-Page Bail Bondsman
Ira Judelson
A top New York bail bondsman shares revelatory perspectives into the real-world workings of the justice system while recounting his experiences with celebrity clients, and describes how he has organized deals in the courtrooms and jails through relationships with judges, lawyers, officers and district attorneys.

Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival
Laurence Gonzales
On the 25th anniversary of the accident, Gonzales reconstructs the crash of United Airlines flight 232, which hit the runway in a huge fireball after experiencing engine failure and loss of all flight controls, yet managed to spare all 185 lives on board.

Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story
Jack Devine
A CIA veteran with extensive experience in covert operations presents a frank guide to the art of espionage while illuminating misunderstood facets of the Agency to reveal its essential role, sharing a cautionary message about its recent transition toward paramilitary activities.

Have a Nice Guilt Trip
Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
A latest essay collection by the mother-daughter team who wrote Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim follow’s Lisa’s haphazard puppy-training adventures and Francesca’s hilarious escapades navigating the pitfalls of the dating market.

Let Me Be Clear: How Barack Obama Duped the Millennial Generation
Katie Kieffer
While ignoring the role of adversarial congressional agendas, a rising young conservative offers an assessment of the economic consequences of the Obama administration on American youth, arguing that current presidential agendas have caused unprecedented levels of unemployment and dependency for today’s young adults.

Meat Is for Pussies: How-to Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names
John Joseph
Shattering the myth that eating meat is macho, a triathlete and punk rocker provides a plant-based manifesto in which he discusses his own journey to a meat-free lifestyle as well as the dangers of eating meat and processed foods, and includes practical guidance on meal planning, recipes, and exercise programs.

Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic
Matthew Stewart
Stewart discusses how America’s revolutionaries – including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, and Ethan Allan – were inspired by ideas that were ancient and pagan in nature, including the work of Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius and Dutch heretic Benedict de Spinoza.

The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It
John W. Dean
As one of the last surviving major figures from the Watergate crisis, the former Nixon administration White House Counsel uses his own transcripts from hundreds of conversations as well as documents in the archives to definitively determine what Nixon knew and when he knew it.

The Nixon Tapes
Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter
Revealing a flawed president’s hubris, paranoia and political acumen, this selection of transcribed audio recordings of oval office, cabinet room, and Camp David conversations between 1971 and 1972 sheds new light on one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history.

Papyrus: The Plant That Changed the World: From Ancient Egypt to Today’s Water Wars
John Gaudet
A unique plant that inspired the ancient Greeks and Egyptians and was used as food and fuel, as well as to keep records and make boats, papyrus also wields power in modern times in efforts to rescue the world from ecological and social blight.

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
Helen Rappaport
Rappaport draws on personal writings and private sources to challenge common misperceptions and illuminate the daily lives and vibrant personalities of the four Russian Grand Duchesses from their own perspectives, revealing their awareness of family turmoil and the approach of the Russian Revolution.

Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of a Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine
Maximillian Potter
In this real-life mystery, a reporter on assignment in Burgundy for Vanity Fair uncovers a villainous plot to destroy the vines of France’s most expensive and exquisite wine by poison, which threatens to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world’s greatest wine.

A Spy among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
Ben MacIntyre
MacIntyre presents a definitive portrait of the notorious 20th-century spy that discusses his rise in Britain’s MI6 intelligence service, high-profile friendships, and 20-year espionage operation that culminated in his 1963 defection to Moscow.

The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War
Tim Butcher
Discussing the lasting repercussions the event has had on the Balkans over the last 100 years, Butcher describes the story of the teenager who changed the world and history forever when he shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand and started World War I.

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
Alastair Bonnett
Illustrated with original maps and drawings, this stunning exploration of the world’s hidden geographies reveals the moving villages, secret cities, and no-man’s-lands that will inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-path wanderers and armchair travelers.

The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community
Marc Dunkelman
Combining history and sociology, a public policy professor discusses the shift in American communities brought about by technology that serves to disconnect neighbors from each other, limit exposure to different types of people, and narrows the influence of various ideas and lifestyles.

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London
Judith Flanders
A meticulously researched portrait of everyday life in Dickensian London evaluates the Victorian era as a time of unprecedented transformation marked by rapid construction, railways, street lighting, and population booms at every economic level.

War of the Whales: A True Story
Joshua Horwitz
Horwitz documents the efforts of crusading lawyer Joel Reynolds and marine biologist Ken Balcolm to expose a covert U.S. Navy submarine detection system that caused whales to beach themselves, an effort that challenged Balcolm’s loyalties and pitted them against powerful military adversaries.

When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation
Francois Furstenberg
Furstenberg describes the story of a group of French aristocrats who emigrated to America, a republic whose Enlightenment ideals mirrored their own, and spent the French Revolution in Philadelphia before eventually becoming involved in Franco-American diplomacy.

A Wolf Called Romeo 
Nick Jans
An award-winning writer and photographer tells the extraordinary story of a lone black wolf that showed up on his doorstep and returned repeatedly to interact with the residents and dogs of Juneau, giving humans a rare chance to understand this reclusive and often maligned species.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce
Bob Stanley
This encyclopedic history of pop music begins with Bill Haley & the Comets’ 1954 hit, “Rock Around the Clock,” and continues up through Beyoncé’s first huge hit in 2003, “Crazy in Love,” touching on the wide array of groups, artists, and genres in between.