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By Peter Goddard. 2017
Considered one of the most influential musicians and cultural figures of his time, Glenn Gould remains a fascinating figure. In… the first book to be published in co-operation with Gould's estate, Peter Goddard draws on Gould's unpublished writings, interviews, and never-before-seen photographs to present a startling new portrait of Gould, the man and the musician. Presents a deep and nuanced study of Gould's life with unmatched candour and clarity. Inside is a love letter Gould wrote but never sent (he later revised it again and again); the text of a speech that Gould gave to a group of children about life and childhood; and portions of Glenn Gould: hysteric return, a never-before-seen radio script in which Gould imagines his return to the concert stage and all it would have entailed. 2017.
By Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag… Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
By Denise Kiernan. 2013
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents. But to most of the… world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across the South—were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s fateful secret was revealed. Bestseller. 2013.
By Judith S Wallerstein. 1995
The authors of "Second Chances", which is about divorce, look at fifty continuing marriages. Their subjects have been married at… least nine years, have children, and are mostly white and well-educated. Interview excerpts illustrate what the authors consider the four types of marriage and the nine psychological tasks involved in success. Bestseller. 1995.
By John Piper. 1996
Scripture reveals that the great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. Piper reveals that the… debate between duty and delight doesn't truly exist: delight is our duty. Readers can embark. 1996.
By Richard Carlson. 1998
The author offers one hundred short essays to help people enjoy life more and worry less. Ideas include considering that… a journey begins with just one step, transcending problems instead of dealing with them, using the power of reflection, taking lunch breaks, and remembering the Golden Rule. c1998.
By Tim Allen. 1994
Like his character on the sitcom "Home Improvement," Allen ponders the differences between the sexes and discusses male zones that… include the basement of Sears. He explains the horrors of growing up with the surname of Dick, later dropped for show business. And he even finds humour in his stay in prison, where it's difficult NOT to stand so close to a naked man. Includes strong language. c1994.
By Kenneth C Davis. 1992
By Ken Emerson. 1997
Portrays the life and works of one of America's earliest professional songwriters and creator of popular music. Traces his youth… in Pittsburgh, his desultory search for a career, his later success as a composer of minstrel songs, and his tragic final years as a bibulous pauper who strove in vain for respectability. 1997.
By Bob Greene. 2000
Based on interviews with his father's hero--the B-29 pilot who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945--a… syndicated columnist delivers a tribute to a passing generation. Explores the values of World War II veterans and their commitment to patriotism, courage, and a sense of duty. Bestseller. 2000.
By Michael Streissguth. 1997
Recounts the life of country singer Richard Edward (Eddy) Arnold from his birth in Tennessee in 1918. Discusses Arnold's interest… in playing the guitar at an early age, his first radio appearance while still in high school, his rise to fame, and his struggle to remain popular as Elvis Presley and rock-and-roll music began to overtake country music in the 1950s and 60s. 1997.
By Dave Barry. 1995
According to Barry, this is a book about guys--not a book about men. Books about men are too serious. Barry… begins with a test to determine the reader's "guyness" and then gives a brief account of the role of guys in history, their biological nature, their social development, and special guy problems. For women, there is a chapter on dealing with guys. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1995. Uniform title: Complete guide to guys
By Henry Kissinger. 1994
Former national security consultant and secretary of state surveys the history of diplomacy from the seventeenth-century Peace of Westphalia. He… focuses on American diplomacy following the Cold War; specifically, his belief in the need for a "blend of experience and insight" to preserve a balance of power and the need to be more assertive about protecting national interests. Kissinger frequently cites his own contributions. c1994.
By Caroline Knapp. 1996
One woman's struggle to overcome twenty years of "high-functioning" alcoholism. She examines how drinking contributed to her difficulty in dealing… with her parents' deaths and with the discovery of her father's alcoholism. Includes information about alcohol abuse and an alcoholism questionnaire. Bestseller. 1996.
By Bruce S Feiler. 1998
Traces the evolution of country music, from the Grand Ole Opry to later methods of developing potential new stars. Highlights… the careers of two famous musicians, Garth Brooks and Wynonna Judd. Discusses the business aspect of the music industry in Nashville. Some strong language. 1998.
By Robert Palmer. 1981
Traces the evolution of blues music from its rural beginnings to its international popularity and recognition, and tells the personal… histories of great bluesmen such as Charley Patton and B.B.King. 1981.
By George Burns. 1984
By Don Cherry. 2016
For over a decade, Don Cherry hosted the TV show Grapevine, which brought viewers up close and personal with the… biggest names in sports. Presents behind-the-scenes access to some of his most fascinating and revealing interviews with the all-time greats. Includes stories about hockey greats Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Gordie Howe, and athletes and officials from other sports such as boxing, snooker, and baseball. Bestseller. 2016.
By Dizzy Gillespie, Al Fraser. 1980
By Vicki Myron, Bret Witter. 2008
Spencer, Iowa, public library director Vicki Myron describes finding a kitten in the book drop in 1988. Named Dewey Readmore… Books by library staff, the feline became an increasingly famous mascot over the next nineteen years. Myron also discusses her divorce, single parenthood, breast cancer scare, and love of librarianship. Bestseller. 2008.