The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente)

By Kirstie Alley

Emmy Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley’s candid and audacious memoir approximately her existence and the lads she has shared it with—for higher and for worse.

John Travolta.

Parker Stevenson.

Ted Danson.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Kelsey Grammer.

Patrick Swayze.

Woody Allen.

Woody Harrelson.

And many others. . . . In 3 a long time in Hollywood, Kirstie Alley has lived with, labored with, enjoyed, or misplaced all of those males, and during this revealing memoir, she peels again the layers (and occasionally the sheets) on her relationships with them all.

From the early days of her formative years in Wichita, Kansas, surrounded by means of her loving father, her inquisitive and doting grandfather, and a more youthful brother she fiercely secure whilst she wasn’t promoting tickets to determine him bare, Kirstie Alley’s existence has been formed and molded via males. “Men, males, excellent men!” gave her her first gigantic holiday in Hollywood and her awardwinning position on Cheers, and during marriages, a debilitating cocaine dependancy, the demise of her mom, roles in a number of the greatest comedies of the final two decades, and a stunning stint on Dancing with the Stars, males proved to be the foundation for multitudes of the selections and dramas in Kirstie Alley’s existence.

In this number of associated essays that’s either hilarious and poignant in turns, Kirstie chronicles the entire sturdy, the undesirable, and the gruesome males who've inspired and guided her. She demonstrates how males will be the air that ladies breathe or the resource of all in their frustrations. yet for larger or worse, Kirstie indicates lifestyles good lived is a lifestyles lived within the corporation of guys, in particular in the event that they

remember to place the lid down. The artwork of guys (I desire Mine al Dente) is a hilarious expedition into love, pleasure, motherhood, loss, intercourse, and self-discovery from one in every of Hollywood’s such a lot enduring stars.

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You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness

By Heather Sellers

A "poignant" (Boston Globe) family members memoir that provides new aspiring to hindsight, perception, and forgiveness

Heather dealers is face-blind—that is, she has prosopagnosia, a unprecedented neurological that describes the shortcoming to acknowledge faces. transforming into up, blind to the cause of her perpetual confusion and anxiousness, she took what cues she may from speech, coiffure, and gait. the reality used to be printed twenty years later while Heather took the fellow she may marry domestic to satisfy her mom and dad and came across the fantastic fact approximately her relatives, herself, and residing with psychological sickness. during this uplifting memoir, dealers illuminates a deeper fact: that even within the so much chaotic and heartbreaking of households, love could be noticeable and felt.

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The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

An unparalleled father-son tale concerning the truth that exams us, the myths that maintain us, and the affection that saves us.

Paul Coates was once an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age believer in loose love, an autodidact who introduced a publishing corporation in his basement devoted to telling the genuine background of African civilization. so much of all, he used to be a wily tactician whose venture used to be to hold his sons around the shoals of inner-city adolescence—and throughout the collapsing civilization of Baltimore within the Age of Crack—and into the secure hands of Howard college, the place he labored so his young children may well attend at no cost.

Among his brood of 7, his major demanding situations have been Ta-Nehisi, spacey and delicate and nearly comically miscalibrated for his atmosphere, and massive invoice, charismatic and all-too-ready for the demanding situations of the streets. The appealing fight follows their divergent paths via this turbulent interval, and their father’s steadfast efforts—assisted by way of moms, academics, and a physique of myths, histories, and rituals conjured from the earlier to fulfill the wishes of a present—to hold them entire in a global that appeared bent on their destruction.

With a extraordinary skill to reimagine either the misplaced global of his father’s iteration and the terrors and wonders of his personal formative years, Coates bargains readers a small and gorgeous epic approximately boys attempting to develop into males in black the US and beyond.

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Breathing Machine, A Memoir of Computers

By Leigh Alexander

What if there have been an international greater than the single you could touch?

Leigh Alexander recounts a stormy early life along the mysterious early web. From the surrealism of early games to uncooked connections revamped primitive newsgroups, from intercourse bots to Sailor Moon, Alexander in detail captures a gloomy frontier age.

Leigh Alexander writes approximately games, interactive leisure, and numerous different issues. As longtime editor-at-large for online game website Gamasutra, she contributes editorial, feedback, pattern research and interviews with builders. Her per thirty days column in side journal bargains with cultural concerns surrounding the enterprise of video games and the folks who play them. Her column at Kotaku is more unusual. In an effective way, probably.

Her good points seem at Polygon and Boing Boing, and he or she loves to write approximately emotions and social media at inspiration Catalog. She was NYLON men’ video games editor, did a biweekly column at Vice’s Creators venture fascinated about neat developments in autonomous video game improvement, and has contributed to Slate, the hot Inquiry, stressed, the hot Statesman, The mum or dad, the Columbia Journalism overview, Paste, Rock Paper Shotgun, and diverse others.

She often speaks at meetings with specific awareness to video games for social sturdy, feminism and elevated range in tech areas, the place she often talks with an way over pace. She swears it’s pushed via enthusiasm. again within the day she as soon as led a whole convention summit on avatar-based interplay in digital spaces.

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Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll

By Ann Wilson

The tale of center is a narrative of middle and soul and rock ’n’ roll. on account that discovering their love of tune and acting as children in Seattle, Washington, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, were a part of the yankee rock song panorama. From 70s classics like “Magic guy” and “Barracuda” to chart- topping 80s ballads like “Alone,” and the entire means as much as 2012, once they will free up their newest studio album, enthusiast, middle has been exciting their enthusiasts and generating hit after hit. In Kicking and Dreaming, the Wilsons recount their tale as sisters who've a shared over 3 many years at the level, as songwriters, as musicians, and because the leaders of 1 of our so much cherished rock bands. An intimate, sincere, and a uniquely girl tackle the rock and roll existence, readers of bestselling song memoirs like Life via Keith Richards and Steven Tyler’s Does the Noise in My Head hassle You? will love this indispensable tune tale ultimately advised from a feminine perspective.

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Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession

By Julie Powell

Julie Powell notion cooking her means via Julia kid's Mastering the artwork of French Cooking used to be the craziest factor she'd ever do--until she launched into the voyage stated in her new memoir, CLEAVING.

Her marriage challenged by way of an insane, impossible to resist love affair, Julie makes a decision to depart city and immerse herself in a brand new obsession: butchery. She reveals her strategy to Fleischer's, a butcher store the place she buries herself within the info of meals. She learns tips to holiday down a facet of red meat and French a rack of ribs--tough, actual paintings that in simple terms occasionally distracts her from recommendations of afternoon trysts.

The camaraderie at Fleischer's leads Julie to find fellow butchers round the world--from South the USA to Europe to Africa. on the finish of her odyssey, she has realized a brand new artwork and even perhaps mastered her unruly center.

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Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

By Julie Powell

With the humor of Bridget Jones and the energy of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered each recipe in Julia Child+s getting to know the artwork of French Cooking and kept her soul. Julie Powell is 30-years-old, dwelling in a rundown residence in Queens and dealing at a soul-sucking secretarial activity that+s going nowhere. She wishes whatever to wreck the monotony of her lifestyles, and he or she invents a deranged project. she's going to take her mother+s dog-eared reproduction of Julia Child+s 1961 vintage studying the artwork of French Cooking, and he or she will prepare dinner all 524 recipes. within the span of 1 12 months. in the beginning she thinks it will likely be effortless. yet as she strikes from the easy Potage Parmentier (potato soup) into the extra complex realm of aspics and crpes, she realizes there+s extra to studying the artwork of French Cooking than meets the attention. With Julia+s stern warble continually in her ear, Julie haunts the neighborhood butcher, purchasing kidneys and sweetbreads. She sends her husband on late-night runs for but extra butter and barely serves dinner earlier than hour of darkness. She discovers easy methods to mildew the suitable Orange Bavarian, the trick to extracting marrow from bone, and the serious excitement of consuming liver.And someplace alongside the road she realizes she has grew to become her kitchen right into a miracle of production and delicacies. She has eclipsed her life+s ordinariness via brilliant humor, hysteria, and perseverance.

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Restaurant Man

How does a pleasant Italian boy from Queens flip his ardour for nutrients and wine into an empire?

In his successful memoir, Restaurant Man, Joe Bastianich charts his culinary trip from operating in his mom and dad’ red-sauce joint to changing into one of many country’s so much profitable restaurateurs. Joe first discovered the ropes from his father, Felice Bastianich, the ultrapragmatic, self-proclaimed “restaurant man.” After university and a yr on Wall highway, Joe obtained a one-way price tag to Italy and labored in eating places and vineyards. Upon his go back to long island, he partnered along with his mom, Lidia, and shortly joined forces with Mario Batali, constructing one superlative Italian eating place after another.

Writing vividly in an genuine manhattan sort that's equivalent elements rock ’n’ roll and hard-ass, bottom-line enterprise truth, Joe explains: how Babbo replaced the way in which humans consider Italian eating places; how Lupa and Esca have been born of “hedonistic, boondoggle R&D journeys” via Italy; and the way Del Posto controlled to beat a menu that used to be so bold that in the first place it could actually now not also be done and have become the 1st four-star Italian eating place in the US. He lays the smackdown at the wine undefined, explaining that no bottle of wine expenses greater than 5 cash to make.

Joe speaks frankly approximately acquaintances and foes, yet on the middle of the publication is the legendary hero eating place guy, the old-school, bluecollar man from Queens who as soon as upon a time realized to sweat it out and make his cash via labor. all through he remains precise to the true mystery of his success—watching expenses yet being ferociously devoted to exceeding the customer’s expectancies on each point and providing the simplest eating adventure within the world.

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Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley

By Jerry Schilling, Chuck Crisafulli

On a lazy Sunday in 1954, twelve-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered right into a Memphis contact soccer online game, simply to find that his crew was once quarterbacked by way of a nineteen-year-old Elvis Presley, the neighborhood youngster whose first checklist, "That’s All Right," had simply debuted on Memphis radio. the 2 grew to become quickly acquaintances, at the same time Elvis changed into the world’s largest celebrity. In 1964, Elvis invited Jerry to paintings for him as a part of his "Memphis Mafia," and Jerry quickly chanced on himself residing with Elvis full-time in a Bel Air mansion and, later, in his personal room at Graceland. Over the subsequent 13 years Jerry may paintings for Elvis in a variety of capacities — from bodyguard to photograph double to co-executive manufacturer on a karate movie. yet greater than the rest he used to be Elvis’s shut buddy and confidant: Elvis relied on Jerry with conserving his lifestyles while he bought dying threats, he requested Jerry to force him and Priscilla to the sanatorium the day Lisa Marie used to be born and to accompany him through the well-known "lost weekend" whilst he traveled to satisfy President Nixon on the White residence. Me and a man Named Elvis seems to be at Presley from a friend’s viewpoint, delivering readers the guy instead of the icon — together with insights into the inventive frustrations that result in Elvis’s abuse of prescription drugs and his tragic demise. Jerry bargains never-before-told tales approximately existence inside of Elvis’s internal circle and an emotional recounting of the good instances, challenging instances, and designated instances he and Elvis shared. those bright thoughts should be useful to Elvis’s hundreds of thousands of lovers, and the compelling tale will fascinate a fair wider viewers.

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I Should Be Dead: My Life Surviving Politics, TV, and Addiction

By Bob Beckel, John David Mann

From well known television character Bob Beckel, a deeply relocating, redemptive memoir approximately his existence as a political operative and diplomat, his lengthy fight with alcohol and medicine, and his not going trip to discovering faith.

Growing up negative in an abusive domestic, Bob Beckel realized to be a survivor: to prevent clash, masks his emotions, and to lie--all abilities that served him good in Washington, the place he could develop into the youngest-ever Deputy Assistant Secretary of kingdom and deal with Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential crusade.

But Beckel was once dwelling a double existence. On January 20, 2001--George W. Bush's first Inauguration Day--he hit all-time low, waking up within the psych ward. Written with attractive honesty, Beckel chronicles how his addictions approximately killed him until eventually he came upon assist in an unforeseen best friend, conservative Cal Thomas, who helped him locate religion, get sober, and get his existence again on course.

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