Not to rush the last precious weeks of summer, but the fall book previews are starting to pop up. Here are ten biographies and memoirs we're looking forward to reading. We have them on order, so place your hold now!
In Amy Poehler's first book, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious.
Not That Kind of Girl: a Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham--the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls --as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.
Food: a Love Story
Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and New York Times bestselling author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover").
Not My Father's Son: A Memoir
Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming, they can be packed away in a box, stuck in the attic to be forgotten. Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail.
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
The revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.
Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Ward, Geoffrey C.
All the history the Roosevelts made is here, but this is primarily a book about human beings, each of whom somehow overcame obstacles that would have undone less forceful personalities, and all of whom wrestled in their lives with issues still familiar to the rest of us--anger and the need for forgiveness, courage and cowardice, confidence and self-doubt, loyalty to family and the need to be oneself.
No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL
"I want No Hero to offer something most books on war don't: the intimate side of it, the personal struggles and hardships and what I learned from them," says Owen. "The stories in No Hero are a testament to my teammates and to all the other active and former SEALs who have dedicated their lives to freedom."
Rebel Yell : The Violence, Passion, And Redemption Of Stonewall Jackson
Gwynne, S. C.
Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause.
In this rollicking memoir, Cleese takes readers on a Grand Tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Monty Python partner Graham Chapman), to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.
Daring : My Passages
Daring to blaze a trail in a "man's world," Gail Sheehy became one of the premier practitioners of New Journalism at the fledgling New York magazine, along with such stellar writers as Tom Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, and Jimmy Breslin.