Memoirs

Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoosby Ed Hardy

The memoir of iconic tattoo artist Ed Hardy from his beginnings in 1960s California, to leading the tattoo renaissance and building his name into a hugely lucrative international brand

“Ed Hardy” is emblazoned on everything from t-shirts and hats to perfumes and energy drinks. From LA to Japan, his colorful cross-and-bones designs and ribbon-banners have become internationally ubiquitous. But long before the fashion world discovered his iconic designs, the man behind the eponymous brand spearheaded nothing less than a cultural revolution.

In Wear Your Dreams, Ed Hardy recounts his genesis as a tattoo artist and leader in the movement to recognize tattooing as a valid and rich art form, through to the ultimate transformation of his career into a multi-billion dollar branding empire. From giving colored pencil tattoos to neighborhood kids at age ten to working with legendary artists like Sailor Jerry to learning at the feet of the masters in Japan, the book explains how this Godfather of Tattoos fomented the explosion of tattoo art and how his influence can be witnessed on everyone, from countless celebs to ink-adorned rockers to butterfly-branded, stroller-pushing moms. With over fifty different product categories, the Ed Hardy brand generates over $700 million in retail sales annually.

Vividly packaged with original Ed Hardy artwork and ideal for ink devotees and Ed Hardy aficionados alike, Wear Your Dreams is a never-before-seen look at the tattoo artist who rocked the art world and has left a permanent mark on fashion history.

Unbreakableby Jenni Rivera

Jenni Rivera was a talented and beloved Mexican American singer in the male-dominated banda and norteño music scene who died in a tragic plane crash in December 2012. She had been working on her memoir, Unbreakable, for several years.

Jenni Rivera was a mother of five, grandmother of three, singer-songwriter, actress, television producer, star of her own reality show, and entrepreneur. Hers was a life of trauma, tragedy, personal battles, perseverance, and extreme success. She became the most successful Spanish-language singer in the United States and had sold more than 15 million records worldwide. She had signed to star in an ABC television sitcom just before her death. Constantly in the media, Jenni’s personal matters were at the center of many news stories that exposed her less-than-perfect-life; Jenni made it her mission to speak openly about her issues, building intimacy and trust with her fans. Consequently, she became a figure of strength and resilience and served as a source of encouragement to women of all ages.

In Unbreakable, the late singer’s only authorized autobiography, Jenni takes the reader back to the crucial times in her life, revealing the difficulties and struggles she has never discussed publicly. She writes candidly about her experiences with domestic and sexual abuse, divorce and body image issues, making her way in a male-dominated industry, and raising five children as a single mother. As she tells her inspirational story of hardship and triumph, it becomes clear that Jenni will always be the “Rivera rebel from Long Beach,” the girl who never lost her sense of humor, her positivity, or her fighting spirit. “I can’t get caught up in the negative because that destroys you. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman. The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up.” —Jenni Rivera

Grace, Gold & Gloryby Gabrielle Douglas

In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabby Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team. In this personal autobiography, Gabby tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.

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Undercover Copby Mike Russell with Patrick Picciarelli

The true story of a New Jersey State Trooper's infiltration of the Genovese crime family and how he decimated the organization

Working undercover, Mike Russell was infiltrating a Mafia crime family when a turn for the worst left him with a gunshot to the back of the head. Left to die in an alley, Russell survived the botched hit and went on to orchestrate one of the biggest mafia takedowns of all time.

Urged by his police handlers, Russell used his cover story—an ex-cop fired for excessive force who now made his living from an oil delivery business—and street skills to assimilate into the Genovese crime family in New Jersey, ultimately leading to more than fifty arrests of mobsters, corrupt prison officials, and even a state senator. Straddling the thin line between collecting evidence and participating in the very crimes he was leaking to the cops, Russell consistently placed himself at risk—especially when his police handlers disregarded his wishes and his well-being, conducting premature raids on the gangsters. With his marriage suffering and his family in danger, Russell took extraordinary steps to ensure his financial security and safety, demanding better terms from the police and allowing a film crew to document the final moments of the epic bust for a documentary that was later sold to HBO.

A real-life version of The Sopranos, Undercover Cop immerses readers in the colorful yet harrowing trials of a standout cop who faced the mob on his own terms, disrupting organized crime in New Jersey and forever redefining undercover police work.

"Nobody did undercover better than Mike Russell. His story is grittier than The Sopranos, more volatile than Goodfellas. A must read." —George Anastasia, author of The Last Gangster and The Goodfella Tapes

"Mike Russell is one tough cop. This book is a great read." —Henry Hill, subject of Wiseguy, the basis of Scorsese’s Goodfellas

I Fired Godby Jocelyn Zichterman

Jocelyn Zichterman was born, raised, married into, and finally, with her family, fled the Independent Fundamental Baptist church. Founded by the fiery preacher Bob Jones, with several hundred thousand, IFB members are told they must not associate with members of other Baptist denominations and evangelicals, with an emphasis on secrecy, insular marriages within the church, a subservience for women, and unusual child raising practices.

In I Fired God, Jocelyn Zichterman blows the lid off the IFB's disturbing history, exposing a cult-like atmosphere of corruption, greed, and abuse. Having been initiated into its innermost circles, Zichterman knows that the gentle demeanor America sees in the form of the Duggar clan on 19 Kids and Counting disguises the truth about the darker side of the church.

With written documentation and sources so thorough that law enforcement has used her work as a foundation for criminal prosecutions, Zichterman exposes the IFB with revelations including:

The disturbing world of abuse within the IFB and doctors and teachers who cater exclusively to church members and fail to report physical and sexual abuse l The IFB-controlled Bob Jones University, which issues worthless degrees while making vast sums of money for its founders

The way the IFB influences politics on the local, state, and national level, and protects its abusive culture under the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion.

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Mafia Princeby Philip "Crazy Phil" Leonetti and Scott M. Burnstein

Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history —“Little” Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s—written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, “Crazy” Phil Leonetti.

The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state’s evidence against his own. His testimony directly led to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking made men including John Gotti, Vincent Gigante, and his own uncle, Nicky Scarfo—sparking the beginning of the end of La Cosa Nostra.

Just as The Godfather and Boardwalk Empire defined the early 20th century Mafia, and Wiseguy and Casino depicted the next great era through the ’70s, Mafia Prince concludes this epic genre revealing the Mafia’s violent final heyday of the 1980s— straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Sapp Attackby Warren Sapp

In this no-holds-barred memoir, one of the NFL’s most hilarious and candid personalities, Warren Sapp, reveals a side of football most fans have never before seen.
Big Man. Big Talent. Big Star. Big Mouth. Big Heart. Big Personality. Big Smile. Big Headlines. Warren Sapp, one of pro football’s most dominating defensive players both on and off the field, has a reputation for being bold, brash, knowledgeable, and outspoken. It has made him a successful television analyst and attracted more than 750,000 followers on Twitter. Now Sapp brings that same fearless attitude to his memoir, a book that will create controversy and headlines; in other words, pure Warren Sapp.

Sapp has won every award possible for a defensive player, but it wasn’t just his extraordinarily athletic ability that made him a star; it was also his ability to understand the subtleties of the game. He writes about working his way up from the high school gridiron to one of the top college football programs in the country, to the NFL, and reveals how the system actually works—the behind-the-scenes plays that fans rarely get to see. He’ll discuss what it was like to face some of the greatest players in NFL history, including Hall of Famers Steve Young and Jerry Rice, both of whom he put out of the game, and Bret Favre, whom he sacked eleven times during his career. In this revealing, hilarious, and must-read book, Sapp offers readers a look inside the life of one of football's biggest stars and shares his often controversial opinions about the state of pro football today and its future.

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Living With Honorby Salvatore Giunta

A compelling memoir from a true hero—and one of the few living persons to ever be awarded the celebrated Medal of Honor.

Sal Giunta was just a regular kid from Iowa when he enlisted in the army to figure out what to do with his life. He never thought that a few tours of duty later, he would be the first living person since the Vietnam War to be awarded the esteemed Medal of Honor.

First stationed in Italy and then deployed into Afghanistan, Giunta had a firsthand perspective of the ground war and its daily difficulties—some quotidian in nature, some anything but. He and around 150 of his company were stationed in the dangerous Korengal Valley in 2007, where some of the most intense fighting in the war had taken place. Giunta called it, “basically hell on earth.”

Late one night in October of 2007, Giunta’s company embarked on a sting operation into the Taliban’s forces. They were ambushed on a rugged mountain path by twenty insurgents. Giunta sprang into action and with little regard for his own safety, he withstood enemy fire to administer medical aid to his wounded fellow soldiers—even rescuing one soldier who was being carried away by the insurgents—until his squad reached safety.

For the unrivaled bravery and selflessness of his actions, Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama. In this fascinating and riveting memoir, he depicts the realities of war, as well as the moment-by-moment details of the event that earned him the nation’s highest distinction.

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Pacoby Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam, author of the memoir Rocket Boys (made into the movie October Sky), recalls his first years as a NASA engineer while also telling the story of his fluffy black and white cat Paco who had the magic ability to make people smile and give them hope. But when Paco was struck down by a disease that left him unable to walk, Hickam was faced with a terrible decision, let his beloved cat live in misery or put him to sleep. Before that decision could be made, the space mission Hickam was working on needed to be rescued and there was only one sure way to save it: Paco's magic meow! This is a true story of the space age that is also a delightful tale of the love between an engineer and his cat.

"Homer Hickam is a national treasure. America's most beloved Rocket Boy tells the touching story of a space-crazy man and his cat. Paco will delight pet-lovers and wanna-be astronauts alike." - Dr. Marty Becker "America's Veterinarian" on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz Show and Vetstreet.com. Author of 20 books on pets.

To watch folks at NASA do their thing during a mission, you'd think they were all "steely-eyed missile men (and women)." But if you've worked there, you know this is only part of the story. In this memoir, Homer gives you a slice of what it's like to join NASA and become part of the family - and how your real family (including 4 legged members) participate as a team. I know. My cat Biner also meowed in space. Read it (preferably) with a cat curled up on your lap. - Keith Cowing, editor of NASAWATCH.com and author of New Moon Rising: The Making of America's New Space Vision and the Remaking of NASA.

"They say in space that no one can hear you meow. But is that true? Homer Hickam's story about his time at NASA - and his cat - hits all the right notes. A little humor, a little history, a few tears, and a lot about yours truly! A wonderful read." - Dr. Wernher von Braun (aka DrvonBraun on Twitter)

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by Gregg Allman

For the first time, rock music icon Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the full story of his life and career in My Cross to Bear. No subject is taboo, as one of the true giants of rock ’n’ roll opens up about his Georgia youth, his long struggle with substance abuse, his string of bad marriages (including his brief union with superstar Cher), the tragic death of brother Duane Allman, and life on the road in one of rock’s most legendary bands.

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To Selena With Loveby Chris Perez

Chris Perez, widower of one of the most beloved all-time legends in Latin music, Selena, opens up for the first time about their compelling, forbidden and ultimately tragic love story.

Since the shocking murder of superstar recording artist Selena, husband and widower Chris Perez has guarded the touching and sometimes painful memories of their very private relationship. In this intimate memoir, Perez recounts personal moments and never-before-revealed details about their unbreakable friendship, forbidden love, and blossoming marriage in a life that was tragically cut short.

In this moving book, Chris shares his memories of Selena and gives a rare glimpse of the singer that no other book or movie has been able to portray. A tribute to Chris’s everlasting devotion to his wife, To Selena, With Love will give her millions of devoted fans a rare glimpse into the heart and soul of one of the greatest Latin legends.

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by John Bramblitt with Lindsay Tate

John Bramblitt makes his living as a visual artist. His works have been sold in over twenty different countries, and he’s received three Presidential Service awards for the art workshops he teaches. He’s painted portraits of skateboarder Tony Hawk and blues legend Pops Carter. He’s given talks about his art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and there has even been a documentary made about him. And . . . he’s blind.

When Bramblitt was declared legally blind ten years ago due to complications with epilepsy, his hopes of becoming a creative writing teacher were shattered and he sunk into a deep depression. He felt disconnected from family and friends, alienated and alone. But then something amazing happened--he discovered painting. He learned to distinguish between different colored paints by feeling their textures with his fingers. He taught himself how to paint using raised lines to help him find his way around the canvas, and through something called haptic visualization, which enables him to "see" his subjects through touch. He now paints amazingly lifelike portraits of people he's never seen--including his wife and son. Shouting in the Dark is the story of Bramblitt's life, his journey navigating through this new territory of blindness, and how he ultimately rekindles his joy, passion, and relationships through art.

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by Gary O’Neal & David Fisher

In July 2010, Gary O’Neal was inducted into the United States Army Ranger Hall of Fame. His plaque reads:

“Chief Warrant Officer Gary L. O’Neal is inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for nearly 40 years of service to his country and its allies. From Vietnam through both Gulf Wars, Chief Warrant Officer O’Neal served as a private, noncommissioned officer, Special Forces warrant officer, and spe...cial operations GS civil servant, in conventional and unconventional warfare on land, air, and sea. He has served with every branch of the US military, on every continent in the world. Ranger O’Neal bears scars from bullet wounds, shrapnel wounds, and bayonet-knife wounds from at least nine separate combat engagements. His service is characterized by nearly every combat qualification, multiple combat tours in Vietnam to include incursions into Laos and Cambodia, and long periods of perilous service in virtually every country of Central and South America. He has served on personal security duty for general officers in the Middle East, and also trained tens of thousands of American and foreign military personnel in every theater of the world. His career is highlighted by Ranger-LRRP duty during Vietnam, his selection for duty with the US Army Parachute Team (Golden Knights), Department of Defense’s first Antiterrorist Team (Blue Light), and the US Army’s first Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Course. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with “V” device, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Army Achievement Medal (3), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, Master Parachutist Badge, Master Military Freefall Badge, and Combat Diver Badge.

31 Dates in 31 Daysby Tamara Duricka Johnson

On the eve of her 31st birthday, after yet another painful breakup, Tamara Duricka Johnson decides it’s time to overhaul her dating habits. When a friend jokingly suggests that she embark on a “dating project,” inspiration strikes: in honor of turning 31, she'll go on 31 dates in 31 days — and resist the urge to turn each date into her next relationship. Instead, she’ll have to wait until the 31st date to pick one of the 30 men to go out with a second time. Some dates are awful, while others are amazing—but all of them help change her attitude about dating and men in general. She opens up to the world around her and develops a handful of crushes, making it difficult to decide who will be the lucky final date. In the end, though, she realizes there’s only one man of the entire thirty that she can see herself marrying — and one year later, she does. Chatty, fun, and confessional, 31 Dates in 31 Days is an entertaining journey that offers astute insights into the modern dating scene.

No Regretsby Ace Frehley

From the former lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS—a funny, truthful, candid memoir about a hard-drinking, drug-addicted, music-loving guitar player who lived life as a rock star and survived to tell the tale.

In its nearly four-decade existence, KISS has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, ranking among the top-selling rock-and-roll bands of all time. The KISS Army remains vast and devoted, buying merchandise and concert tickets at sellout shows that continue around the globe. Now, Ace Frehley, long regarded as the most approachable and likeable member of the band, opens up about his unbelievable exploits as one of the founding members of KISS.

It all started in January of 1973, when this self-taught musician and Bronx native spotted an advertisement in the Village Voice posted by Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Gene Simmons: “Guitarist wanted with flash and balls.” Frehley, figuring he had both, answered the ad, and the rest was history.

Within a few years, KISS was playing spectacular live shows to sold-out stadiums all over the world, decked out in their iconic costumes and makeup. The band was raking in millions of dollars on tours, albums, and merchandise, and the rabid KISS Army numbered in the six figures. Frehley, known as “The Spaceman,” had transformed from a scrappy, music-obsessed kid to one of the most famous and revered guitarists of his era, hailed by critics and adored by fans. No Regrets goes behind the make-up, the money, the women, and the partying. Frehley recounts his battles with drug addiction and his brushes with death, sets the record straight about his complicated relationships with Simmons and Paul Stanley, and describes his evolution as a musician—all with his characteristic humor and honesty. Without a doubt, No Regrets is a must-have for every KISS fan.

by Homer Hickam

A New York Times #1 bestseller and Universal feature film, now available on DVD and home video!

It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia was slowly dying. Faced with an uncertain future, Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. The introspective son of the mine's superintendent and a mother determined to get him out of Coalwood forever, Homer fell in with a group of misfits who learned not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets, but how to sustain their hope in a town that swallowed its men alive. When the boys began to light up the tarry skies with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory, Coalwood, and the Hickams, would never the same.

by Kary Mullis

New York Times Notable Book

In Dancing Naked in the Mind Field, Mullis writes with passion and humor about a wide range of subjects: from poisonous spiders to the HIV virus and AIDS, from global warming to astrology, from the O.J. Simpson trial to how you can turn a light bulb on with your mind. A multi-dimensional playland of ideas, this book challenges us to questions the authority of scientific dogma even as it reveals the workings of an uncannily original scientific mind.



by Linda Evans

Since her dazzling debut as Audra on The Big Valley, Linda Evans has charmed millions of television watchers with her talent, her warmth, and her beauty. Through it all, she has remained unaffected, grounded, and deeply spiritual. Now Linda opens up for fans, sharing her secrets for living, along with a delightful assortment of anecdotes, photographs, and recipes she’s enjoyed and collected over the years—from growing up the daughter of two dancers, to her family’s struggles and the deep family ties she maintains to this day; from amazing stories about her nearly fifty years in Hollywood and the experiences she’s had, to the incredible friends she’s made, including her dear mentor Barbara “Missy” Stanwyck, fashion designer Nolan Miller, and on-screen husband John Forsythe. Linda also offers an intimate glimpse of her high-profile romances with legendary director and cinematographer John Derek, international music star Yanni, and others.

Complete with over 60 photographs (many never-before-published) and more than 50 recipes, some handed down through the generations (Mom’s Hot Dog Stew), some taught by famous friends (The Duke’s Crab Dip), some inspired by supreme dining experiences from travels around the world (Paella “Mari-Carmen” Style) and others from her winning appearance on Hell’s Kitchen (Hell’s Tuna), Recipes for Life: My Memories is a delightful journey of a life well lived that fans will truly savor.

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by Alana Stewart with Sheryl Berk

New York Times Bestseller

Alana Stewart offers the poignant story of her lifelong relationship with her best friend, Farrah Fawcett - and of Farrah’s amazing courage during the former Charlie’s Angels star’s heartbreaking battle with cancer. Telling the story of their friendship through Alana’s personal diary entries from the last three years, Alana shares her thoughts on the journey that she and Farrah embarked upon as they battled Farrah’s illness to the end. A beautiful celebration of life and love, of an amazing woman and an amazing friendship, My Journey with Farrah is a Hollywood true story unlike any other, and an unforgettable journey every reader will want to share.

Alana Stewart and Farrah Fawcett went through it all together. Friends for thirty years, they were an essential part of each other's lives since first meeting at a dinner party in the 1970s. But in the fall of 2006, a test of their friendship arose unlike any other they'd faced: Farrah was diagnosed with aggressive rectal cancer. She was determined to fight, and Alana was determined to help her. Together, they were relentless in their pursuit of a cure, traveling halfway around the world as they sought every mainstream, alternative, and experimental therapy available.

Now, in these intimate and personal diaries, Alana shares her thoughts on the events of the last three years, documenting the journey she and Farrah embarked on as they prayed for a miracle..

by Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan spent twenty-four years married to American wrestling icon Hulk Hogan. In Wrestling the Hulk, Linda shares her deeply personal stories about life with the WWF superstar—stories of abuse, infidelity, celebrity, her “life on the ropes,” and how the former VH-1 reality TV star managed to step out of her marriage ring and make a fresh start.

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by Louis Diaz

In American Gangster, the Feds took down infamous heroin dealer Frank Lucas. But the kingpin behind Lucas’s criminal reign, Leroy “Nicky” Barnes, remained “Mr. Untouchable.” Until one undercover agent proved tough enough—or crazy enough—to infiltrate his domain and nail the most dangerous drug czar in American history.

Growing up in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where physical violence was a daily reality at home, at school, and on the streets, Louis “Louie” Diaz had what it took to survive—and to one day become what he vowed to be: a man of uncompromising principles who is both “compassionate on the inside, fierce on the outside.” These were the qualities, along with his street fighter’s steely nerves and hair-trigger temper, that drove Diaz from his savage beginnings and early forays into the world of organized crime to become one of the DEA’s bravest undercover agents—the man who was instrumental in taking down some of the nation’s and the world’s most notorious crime rings.

In an unforgettable and utterly engaging first-person narrative, Diaz tells his gritty, colorful, painful, and even humorous life story—a story with all the raw emotional power and bare-knuckle action of Wiseguy and Serpico. From his headline making cases of Nicky Barnes and the Medellin cartel…to his accounts of outwitting a key villain linked to the record-breaking heist known as The Great English Train Robbery…to his all-out confrontations with murderous gun-runners and drug dealers on the mean streets of New York…to leading commando raids on clandestine cocaine labs inside the Bolivian jungle, Dancing With the Devil is an explosive memoir that stands as a classic of true crime literature.

by Carré Otis with Hugo Schwyzer

Throughout her career, supermodel and actress Carre Otis has been celebrated for her physical beauty, but in her brazenly honest memoir she revisits the ugliest part of her past to reveal the events that ultimately brought her to the kind of beauty that can only be found within. Talking candidly about her struggles to overcome sexual exploitation, drug and alcohol addictions, an eating disorder, a notorious film role, her infamously abusive marriage to Academy Award Nominee Mickey Rourke, and at the core of it all, her submission to a culture obsessed with image, this book is a gift to women of all ages, most especially her own coming-of-age daughters.

by Aissa Wayne

The daughter of John Wayne and his third wife, Pilar, Aissa delves into her father's childhood, his film career, and his life off the screen. John Wayne: My Father reports Wayne's life faithfully and compassionately, resulting in an affecting portrait that offers a new perspective on one of America's most enduring heroes.

by Donda West with Karen Hunter

Kanye West is a hip-hop phenomenon. He first gained fame as a rap producer, working with such artists as Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Janet Jackson. Once he grabbed the mike himself, he found even more success as a solo artist, winning six Grammy Awards, including Album and Record of the Year. But his strength has always come from his beloved mother, Donda, and here for the first time she tells her story about raising a rap star.

Raising Kanye is the story of one woman's struggle as a single mother, rearing a son in the African-American community. Complete with never-before-seen photos, Donda West shares personal and private stories of her life with Kanye, and her later experiences as his manager as he rose to superstardom. Her story is truly an inspiration to women and fans alike, and in the wake of her tragic death, is made all the more poignant.

by Wendy Williams


New York Times bestseller

The Queen of Urban Airwaves and VH1 host, Wendy Williams, dishes up juicy revelations and insider stories without batting a false eyelash. Wendy Williams has been a top-rated radio personality for nearly a decade. She has interviewed the music industry's biggest stars-Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah-with a bold style that delivers the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Wendy Williams Experience now takes us behind the scenes and features many never-before-heard interviews and anecdotes.

by Chuck Zito with Joe Layden

Chuck Zito comes by his reputation honestly as one of the toughest, most uncompromising men ever to sit astride a Harley. Now, with tales both hilarious and chilling, violent and truthful, Zito tells his life story in his own words. From growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn and the Bronx, to becoming president of the New York chapter of the Hell's Angels, to the wild and crazy life of protecting some of the world's biggest celebrities, one thing has defined Zito through it all: his unfailing sense of justice. Zito's perseverance is a testament to his courage, his ambition, and his indomitable heart - a testament now recorded unflinchingly in Street Justice.

by Homer Hickam

From the #1 bestselling author of October Sky comes this rich, unforgettable tale. With the same dazzling storytelling that distinguished his first memoir, Homer Hickam takes us deeper into the soul of his West Virginia hometown at a moment when its unique way of life is buffeted by forces of time and change.

It is fall 1959. Homer “Sonny” Hickam and his fellow Rocket Boys are in their senior year at Big Creek High, and the town of Coalwood finds itself at a painful crossroads.

The strains can be felt within the Hickam home, where Homer Sr. struggles to save the mine, and his wife, Elsie, is feeling increasingly isolated from both her family and the townspeople. Sonny, despite a blossoming relationship with a local girl, finds his own mood darkened by an unexplainable sadness.

Then, with the holidays approaching, trouble at the mine and the arrival of a beautiful young outsider bring unexpected changes in both the Hickam family and the town of Coalwood ... as this luminous memoir moves toward its poignant conclusion.

by Homer Hickam

In the summer of ‘61, Homer “Sonny” Hickam, a year of college behind him, was dreaming of sandy beaches and rocket ships. But before Sonny could reach the seaside fixer-upper where his mother was spending the summer, a telephone call sends him back to the place he thought he had escaped, the gritty coal-mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. There, Sonny’s father, the mine’s superintendent, has been accused of negligence in a man’s death - and the townspeople are in conflict over the future of the town.

Sonny’s mother, Elsie, has commanded her son to spend the summer in Coalwood to support his father. But within hours, Sonny realizes two things: His father, always cool and distant with his second son, doesn’t want him there ... and his parents’ marriage has begun to unravel. For Sonny, so begins a summer of discovery - of love, betrayal, and most of all, of a brooding mystery that threatens to destroy his father and his town.

by David L. Wolper with David Fisher

From one of the most successful and influential producers in the entertainment industry -- responsible for classics such as Roots, The Thorn Birds, L.A. Confidential, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory -- comes a fascinating memoir of life at the very hub of Hollywood.

Despite Wolper's staggering success and his countless Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes, he remains street-smart, wry, and surprisingly down-to-earth. Told in a conversational, comfortable voice, Producer is filled with funny and surprising anecdotes about such varied personalities as Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Grace and John Travolta, the Kennedys and Richard Nixon, and legends Orson Welles and Federico Fellini.

By combining flexibility, resourcefulness, and determination, Wolper produced some of the landmark documentaries, films, miniseries, and entertainment events of the twentieth century. Producer is the engaging and inspiring memoir of a true pioneer.

by Meg Clairmonte and Aurora Mackey

When millionaire shrimping magnate Donald Sahlman died of cancer in November 1992, his friends, family and business associates crowded into a church in Tampa, Florida to mourn a man who was gentle, generous and compassionate. But their benevolent image of Sahlman was about to be shattered. In a case that would shock all who knew him and set a legal precedent, Sahlman was put on trial and posthumously charged with the heinous sexual abuse of his stepdaughter.

This is a gripping story documented with actual court transcripts as Clairmonte details the sexual and emotional abuse she suffered at her stepfather's hands for twenty-five years. Perhaps even more shocking are Clairmonte's allegations against her own mother, who conspired in the abuse and even facilitated it, selling her daughter into sexual and emotional slavery for financial security. In this precedent-setting court case, Sahlman's estate was ordered to pay Meg Clairmonte $3 million. This riveting story is one of emotional corruption, obsession and betrayal at their darkest levels, but more importantly, it is the story of human courage, resilience and ultimate triumph.

by Max Hardberger

Hardberger recounts his adventures repossessing ships and sneaking them out of lawless, third-world countries, often under threat of death or imprisonment. His journeys lead him from corrupt ports in the Caribbean to the ice-bound docks of Vladivostok. His adventures in rescuing ships pit him against a rogue's gallery of antagonists, including Haitian rebels, modern-day Caribbean pirates, and Russian mobsters. Capt. Max Hardberger uses every trick, tool and tactic at his disposal to right wrongs and out-pirate pirates in this action-packed expose of the seedy underworld of international shipping. As a professional ship extractor, he risks death and imprisonment in dangerous third-world ports to steal ships from modern buccaneers and corrupt governments and deliver them back to their rightful owners. In the course of his adventures, he's had to outwit resourceful crime families, subdue armed soldiers, and turn the tables on clever con artists. He's escaped imprisonment in Venezuela and avoided death at the hands of the Russian mafia. Because Max shuns the use of force, the ingenious methods he must use to accomplish his missions are the stuff of legend-he's employed a witch doctor in Haiti, tricked armed guards off a ship in Honduras, and rented a brothel in Mexico, all to thwart the designs of ship-thieves. Seized is an intense, fast-paced window on the underbelly of ocean shipping, where all power comes from the barrel of a gun, and the only law is the law of survival.

by Mike Medavoy with Josh Young

Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, has remained well loved and respected through four decades of moviemaking. What further sets him apart is his role in bringing to the screen some of the most acclaimed Oscar-winning films of our time: Apocalypse Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Sleepless in Seattle are just some of the projects he green-lighted at United Artists, Orion, TriStar, his own Phoenix Pictures.

Of course, there are the box office disasters, and the films, as Medavoy says, "for which I should be shot." They, too, have a place in his fascinating memoir -- a pull-no-punches account of financial and political maneuvering, and of working with the industry's brightest star power, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Meg Ryan, and countless others.

Medavoy speaks out on how movie studio buyouts have stymied the creative process and brought an end to the "hands-off" golden age of filmmaking. An eyewitness to Hollywood history in the making, he gives a powerful and poignant view of the past and future of a world he knows intimately.

by Mike Kersjes with Joe Layden

Mike Kersjes always believed that his students could do anything - even attend the prestigious Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, where some of America's best and brightest high school student compete in a variety of activities similar to those experienced by NASA astronauts training for space shuttle missions. The challenge was convincing else that the kids in his special education class, with disabilities including Tourette's syndrome, Down's Syndrome, dyslexia, eating disorders, and a variety of emotional problems, would benefit from the experience and succeed. With remarkable persistence, Kersjes broke down one barrier after another, from his own principal's office to the inner sanctum of NASA, until Space Camp finally opened its doors. After nine months of rigorous preparation, Kersjes's class arrived at Space Camp, where they turned in a performance beyond everyone's expectations.

A Smile as Big as the Moon is being made into a feature film by Jerry Bruckheimer productions.



 

 

 

 

 

by Wendy Williams

New York Times bestseller

Known as a "shock jock diva" and "a radio gossip guru," Wendy Williams has had a following in the nation's number one media market, New York City, and across the nation from the time she became a top-rated radio personality and "It Girl" in the mid-1990s. Whether she's doing color commentary for the VH1 Fashion Awards or giving advice on her daily drive-time show on New York's WBLS, her fans know that Wendy's Got the Heat.

She's the kind of media personality that artists love because she builds them up and fear because she can bring them down. She has interviewed many of the biggest names in entertainment, including Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah and many more, and is known for her ability to disarm and get them to reveal their secrets. Known also as the "biggest mouth in New York," she is candid as well in discussing her own drama-filled life, including her public struggles to recover from drug addiction, her miscarriages, being forced out of her job and then re-hired to a top spot in radio.



by Sean Astin with Joe Layden

New York Times Bestseller

The Lord of the Rings is one of the most successful film trilogies in cinematic history. Nominated for more than 18 Academy Awards, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers stand as two of the highest grossing films in box office history.

Though each Lord of the Rings DVD includes a special behind the scenes look at the making of the film -- showing some of the techniques and artistry employed to bring Tolkien's vision to life -- the real story of what took place on the set, the harrowing ordeals of the actors and some of the unspoken controversy that occurred between the cast and studio has never been heard, until now. There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale is the complete memoir of Sean Astin, who plays Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His experience and candid retelling of events is unparalleled. More than a companion guide to the film, this book is filled with stories from the set and of the actors involved that have never been told before.



by Glen Heggstad

In 2001, martial arts–trained biker Glen Heggstad began a journey from California to the tip of South America on his motorcycle and made it as far as Colombia, where he was kidnapped by local rebels and held captive. Undeterred by more than a month of traumatic incarceration, the “Striking Viking” finished his trip after being released. Three years later he set out into the world on his bike again, this time searching for truth on his own terms in a world that had become strangled by a climate of fear. Starting his trip in Japan, he traveled through Siberia, Mongolia, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Africa, stopping in more than 30 countries to deliver his message of the real United States, as he knew it. Unique stories and gritty adventure fill this quest for new sights and insights amongst extreme temperatures, knee-deep mud, bureaucratic roadblocks, health problems, and loneliness.

 

by Sam Giancana and Chuck Giancana

New York Times Bestseller translated into 14 languages

From the St. Valentine's Day Massacre to the JFK Assassination, he ruled the mob… and terrorized a nation.

He began as a hitman for Al Capone in the Roaring Twenties. He rose to undisputed Godfather of the entire Mafia west of the Mississippi. Now, for the first time, the two men who knew him best - his brother and his godson - tell the astonishing story of Sam Giancana, the all-powerful don who opened up Las Vegas and bankrolled many of Hollywood's brightest stars… who befriended celebrities and enjoyed a personal harem of starlets… who forged an unholy alliance with the CIA and had links to seven U.S. presidents… and most shocking of all, who ordered the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe… deaths that have remained unsolved… until now.

by Bill Bonanno

"People in my world don't usually write autobiographies. Or if they do, they are usually in the witness protection program. I'm not in anyone's program, but my own. I've spent many years in prison, had federal, state, and local authorities down on me, had writs, judgments, verdicts, and offers of 'leniency' directed at me. And, in my world, I've been the target of assassins and have been at the storm center of one of the most turbulent periods in modern gangland history but here I am, like Ishmael, come back to tell you about it."
- from Bound By Honor

Bill Bonanno takes you inside the mob at its peak, when New York's Five Families -- Bonanno, Gambino, Colombo, Lucchese and Genovese -- not only dominated local businesses but also controlled national politics.