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This tell-all biography delves into the glamorous and gritty life of one of America's favorite entertainers. From Dean Martin's small-town beginnings to his carousing with Hollywood's elite, this book uncovers the man behind the captivating image. Nick Tosches provides a wild, illuminating, and sometimes shocking account of Dean Martin's grandstand, guttering life of booze, broads, big money, sex, ambition, and heartaches. Get ready to delve into the dark side of the American dream.
Great great writer. His Dean Martin biography is a top five music book. – source
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup
Explore the fascinating and turbulent story of one of rock and roll's greatest supergroups in this definitive biography. Acclaimed music journalist David Browne delves deep into the lives and creative relationships of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young - four very different men who came together to create some of the most iconic music of their era. Browne takes readers backstage and onstage, into the musicians' homes, recording studios, and psyches, to chronicle the creative and psychological ties that have bound these men together - and sometimes torn them apart. This sweeping story is a must-read for fans of rock and roll history.
Just finished this - a great music book. Impossible not to admire Neil Young, he truly doesn’t give a fuck what anyone thinks about him. He chose the exact career he wanted. – source
Death of an Altar Boy
The Unsolved Murder of Danny Croteau and the Culture of Abuse in the Catholic Church
Discover the disturbing truth behind the death of 13-year-old Danny Croteau and how it was covered up for years by the Catholic Church. Despite multiple claims of sexual misconduct with minors and evidence pointing towards a specific priest as the killer, he remained "innocent." Through extensive research and interviews, this book uncovers the church's involvement in the abuse and cover-up.
This book is mind-blowing, infuriating, incredible. Still in shock after reading it. Can’t recommend enough. – source
Ghost of the Innocent Man
A True Story of Trial and Redemption
This gripping true story follows Willie J. Grimes, an everyman wrongfully convicted of rape and sentenced to life imprisonment. Author Benjamin Rachlin details Grimes' quarter-century-long struggle for freedom, from botched evidence to the tireless efforts of his champion, Christine Mumma. Through Grimes' story, Rachlin sheds light on the shocking injustice of wrongful conviction in America and presents a hopeful model for reform. With "meticulous, prismatic research and pulse-quickening prose," Rachlin's Ghost of the Innocent Man is a must-read for those interested in criminal justice and human rights.
Just finished one of the great non-fiction books I've read in years. Ghost of the Innocent Man by @benjaminrachlin. Incredible stuff. – source
Travel back in time to prevent the JFK assassination in this suspenseful novel. Jake Epping, a high school English teacher, is enlisted by his friend Al to embark on the insane, yet possible, mission to stop history from taking its tragic turn. With a portal to 1958 at his disposal, Jake finds himself in a new world of Elvis, big American cars, and Lee Harvey Oswald. But when Jake falls in love with a woman from this era, his newfound life becomes complicated. Stephen King delivers a thrilling tribute to a simpler era, taking readers on a heart-stopping journey through time.
Great book. "@empiremagazine: Abrams producing Hulu adaptation of Stephen King's 11/22/63: – source
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Discover the epic tale of self-discovery and the power of Rock and Roll in this instant international bestseller that takes readers from suburban New Jersey to the world's largest stages. Dive into the never-before-told stories of a member of the E Street Band, who became a political songwriter, journalist, actor, and activist for justice. Unrequited Infatuations chronicles Stevie Van Zandt's journey and his profound devotion to the endangered species of Rock. This is not just a memoir; it's a unique and unparalleled master class in rock and roll, activism, and spiritual seeking.
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Tall Men, Short Shorts
The 1969 NBA Finals
Experience the epic clash of NBA titans in the 1969 NBA Finals, as the legendary Bill Russell and his Boston Celtics face off against the unstoppable LA Lakers featuring the 7'1" superstar Wilt Chamberlain. Follow the journey through the eyes of a young sports reporter as he covers one of the greatest seven-game series in NBA history. The backdrop of the late sixties adds a unique layer of tension to this thrilling tale of basketball, newspaper journalism, and emerging racial tensions. Tall Men, Short Shorts is a masterpiece of sports journalism and personal memoir, encapsulating a unique American time.