Perfect Is Boring

Author: Tyra Banks
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780525504290
Release Date: 2018-04-03
Genre: Self-Help

Supermodel and super CEO of our time Tyra Banks and her mother Carolyn show readers why when you kick perfection to the curb and showcase your unique beauty ain't nobody gonna stop you! In Perfect Is Boring, Tyra Banks and her mother, Carolyn, get raw, real and cray-in-a-good-way as they share what they’ve learned on Tyra’s journey from insecure preteen to supermodel and entrepreneurial powerhouse. Though she’ll be the first to tell you she is not her daughter’s best friend—‘cause she ain’t that kinda mama!—there’s no doubt that Carolyn’s signature mix of pep talks and tough love got Tyra to where she is today, and here they pay it forward to empower readers with a reminder that perfect really isn’t all that. Whether they’re writing about watching Tyra’s most imperfect moment go viral (Does “Be Quiet Tiffany!” ring any bells?), no-holds-barred sex talks or how they’ve overcome everything from fashion industry discrimination to media fat-shaming and a misguided attempt at a music career, they never lose their sense of humor or we-got-your-back-spirit. Full of smart, wise, and often hilarious lessons for mothers, daughters, fathers and sons everywhere—including “Take Responsibility for Yourself,” “Lip Gloss + Pizza Sauce = Boss,” and “Fix It or Flaunt It”—Perfect Is Boring is a must-read for anyone who needs a kick in the booty, a pat on the back, or a good reason to laugh-out-loud.

All Better Now

Author: Emily Wing Smith
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101617229
Release Date: 2016-03-08
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction

I ask myself: how am I living still? And how I ask it depends on the day. All her life, Emily has felt different from other kids. Between therapist visits, sudden uncontrollable bursts of anger, and unexplained episodes of dizziness and loss of coordination, things have always felt not right. For years, her only escape was through the stories she’d craft about herself and the world around her. But it isn’t until a near-fatal accident when she’s twelve years old that Emily and her family discover the truth: a grapefruit sized benign brain tumor at the base of her skull. In turns candid, angry, and beautiful, Emily Wing Smith’s captivating memoir chronicles her struggles with both mental and physical disabilities during her childhood, the devastating accident that may have saved her life, and the means by which she coped with it all: writing.

Avoid Boring People

Author: James D. Watson
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307481795
Release Date: 2009-03-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

From Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson, a living legend for his work unlocking the structure of DNA, comes this candid and entertaining memoir, filled with practical advice for those starting out their academic careers. In Avoid Boring People, Watson lays down a life’s wisdom for getting ahead in a competitive world. Witty and uncompromisingly honest, he shares his thoughts on how young scientists should choose the projects that will shape their careers, the supreme importance of collegiality, and dealing with competitors within the same institution. It’s an irreverent romp through Watson’s colorful career and an indispensable guide to anyone interested in nurturing the life of the mind. From the Trade Paperback edition.

What Falls Away

Author: Mia Farrow
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 9781984800114
Release Date: 2018-05-15
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In an exquisitely written memoir, Mia Farrow introduces us to the landscapes of her extraordinary life. Moving from her earliest memories of the walled gardens and rocky shores of western Ireland and her Hollywood childhood to her career as an actress, she writes of these experiences and her struggle to protect her children in a painful custody battle with Woody Allen. It was this crisis that led her to reflect upon the incidents that had brought her to a place so incomprehensible. Now, in What Falls Away, a memoir resonant not only in its honesty but also in its beautifully crafted prose, Mia Farrow speaks for the first time. She was born the third of seven children to the beautiful actress Maureen O'Sullivan and successful writer/director John Farrow, but the isolation of a polio ward brought her childhood to an abrupt end at the age of nine. Several years later, two deaths shattered the security of the family forever, and Mia Farrow embarked upon a journey that would lead her away from the convent education that was to sustain her spiritual courage, to starring roles in Peyton Place and Rosemary's Baby, a marriage to Frank Sinatra, divorce, a defining trip to India, work on the London stage and in film, and marriage to André Previn. Their life together in England brought them three sons and three daughters before that marriage, too, dissolved and she returned to the United States. The year 1979 saw the beginning of a new career with brilliant performances in thirteen of Woody Allen's most distinguished films. Told with grace and deep understanding, as well as humor, What Falls Away goes beneath the surface of this amazing life, with all its drama, success, and pain, and exposes the inner workings of a mind and spirit for whom truth, compassion, and faith are essential. Mia Farrow's story is ultimately one of hope and courage in the face of difficulty; of commitment to others--most important of whom are her children; and of spiritual strength. Readers will not easily forget this remarkable book, even long after the last page has been turned.

Eating Chocolates and Dancing in the Kitchen

Author: Tom Plummer
Publisher:
ISBN: 1573453056
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

Eating Chocolates and Dancing in the Kitchen is a unique and delightful collection of personal sketches of married life from a male point of view, Plummer's sketches; which are often humorous and sometimes poignant, show us that married life is a dance -- sometimes cheek to cheek, sometimes at arm's length -- a complicated series of steps and twists and dips in which two people somehow learn to move in harmony It's the little things, like serving chocolate chip cookies for Sunday dinner or fighting fully dressed in the bathtub, that wake us up years later moaning and laughing about the hullabaloo of our married lives, Such details assume vivid alii whimsical proportions in this lively narrative introduced by Tom's wife of thirty years, Louise Plummer. Certain to keep readers laughing even as they are nodding over the truth of the portrayals, there are glimpses of oneself or someone you know around every turn.

Leggy Blonde

Author: Aviva Drescher
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476722115
Release Date: 2014-02-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The breakout star of The Real Housewives of New York City shares the story of her life in candid detail, from her upbringing by an influential money manager and the farm accident that resulted in her amputation to her prestigious education and marriage to investment banker Reid Drescher. 100,000 first printing.

How to Write Your Memoirs

Author: Ina Hillebrandt
Publisher:
ISBN: 1880882043
Release Date: 2004-08-01
Genre: Autobiography

"How to Write Your Memoirs" helps people write the stories of their own lives -- a great gift for family members, and a wonderful tool for self-enrichment. "It makes writing your memoirs easy," students in writing classes by Ina Hillebrandt, author of best-selling amazon.com book Pawprints," say, along with, "Helps bring up memories long not thought of but not forgotten," and "It's just plain fun!" The book contains organizing ideas, old photographs, prompts and reminiscences from the authors' and writing students? lives. Use these to jump-start your own creative juices. You?ll see your musings will range from spicy, zestful and smile-inducing to calm, informative, and believe it or not, un-boring!Companion books include "Stories From The Heart," Volumes I and II, collections of vignettes taken from the authors' own true and sometimes fanciful memories. Memoir writers are encouraged to submit their own stories for consideration for publication on our website and in print.

Being a Rockefeller Becoming Myself

Author: Eileen Rockefeller
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101615621
Release Date: 2013-09-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A pioneering philanthropist and daughter of American royalty reveals what it was like to grow up in one of the world’s most famous families. The great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, Eileen Rockefeller learned in childhood that while wealth and fame could open any door, they could not buy a feeling of personal worth. The privileges of having servants and lavish summer homes were offset by her parents’ thoughtful yet firm lessons in social obligation, at times by her mother’s dark depressions and mercurial moods, and the competition for attention among her siblings. In adulthood, Rockefeller has yearned to be seen not as an icon but as a woman and mother with a normal life, and like all of us, she had to learn to find her own way. Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself is an affirmation of how family shapes our identity and the ways we contribute to the larger family of life, regardless of our origins.

Girl in a Band

Author: Kim Gordon
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062295910
Release Date: 2015-02-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith's Just Kids. Often described as aloof, Kim Gordon opens up as never before in Girl in a Band. Telling the story of her family, growing up in California in the '60s and '70s, her life in visual art, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music, and her band, Girl in a Band is a rich and beautifully written memoir. Gordon takes us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s that gave rise to Sonic Youth, and the Alternative revolution in popular music. The band helped build a vocabulary of music—paving the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and many other acts. But at its core, Girl in a Band examines the route from girl to woman in uncharted territory, music, art career, what partnership means—and what happens when that identity dissolves. Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a transformative life, Girl in a Band is the fascinating chronicle of a remarkable journey and an extraordinary artist.

Pretty Mess

Author: Erika Jayne
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501181917
Release Date: 2018-03-20
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Without her alter-ego Erika Jayne, Erika Girardi says she’d just be “another rich bitch with a plane”—so get ready for the dishy, tell-all memoir from show-stopping performer, model, singer, and beloved star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Erika Jayne. Erika Jayne didn’t make it this far by holding back. Now, in her first-ever memoir, the fan favorite star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills bares her heart, mind, and soul. In Pretty Mess, Erika spills on every aspect of her life: from her rise to fame as a daring and fiery pop/dance performer and singer; to her decision to accept a role on reality television; to the ups and downs of family life (including her marriage to famed lawyer Tom Girardi, thirty-three years her senior). There’s much more to Erika Jayne than fans see on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Pretty Mess is her opportunity to dig deep and tell her many-layered, unique, and inspiring life story. As fun and fearless as its author, this fascinating memoir proves once and for all why Erika Jayne is so beloved: she’s strong, confident, genuine, and here to tell all!

Walking with the Muses

Author: Pat Cleveland
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501108228
Release Date: 2016-06-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

An exciting account of the international adventures of fashion model Pat Cleveland—one of the first black supermodels during the wild sixties and seventies. New York in the sixties and seventies was glamorous and gritty at the same time, a place where people like Warhol, Avedon, and Halston as well their muses came to pursue their wildest ambitions, and when the well began to run dry they darted off to Paris. Though born on the very fringes of this world, Patricia Cleveland, through a combination of luck, incandescent beauty, and enviable style, soon found herself in the center of all that was creative, bohemian, and elegant. A “walking girl,” a runway fashion model whose inimitable style still turns heads on the runways of New York, Paris, Milan, and Tokyo, Cleveland was in high demand. Ranging from the streets of New York to the jet-set beaches of Mexico, from the designer retailers of Paris to the offices of Diana Vreeland, here is Cleveland’s larger-than-life story. One minute she's in a Harlem tenement making her own clothes and dreaming of something bigger, the next she’s about to walk Halston’s show alongside fellow model Anjelica Huston. One minute she's partying with Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson, the next she's sharing the dance floor next to a man with stark white hair, an artist the world would later know as Warhol. One moment she’s idolizing the silver screen sensation Warren Beatty, years later, she’s deciding whether to resist his considerable amorous charms. In New York, she struggles to secure her first cover of a major magazine. In Paris, she's the toast of the town. And through the whirlwind of it all, she is forever in pursuit of love, truth, and beauty. A page-turning memoir of a life well lived, Walking with the Muses is a book you won't soon forget.

So L A

Author: Staci Layne W
Publisher:
ISBN: 0967518563
Release Date: 2017-03-05
Genre:

Staci Layne Wilson tells tales of bygone eras - she grew up with showbiz parents in L.A. in the sixties and seventies, had ponies in the backyard and a psychotic monkey in the house, mingled with the biggest stars on the Sunset Strip rock scene in the eighties, partied at the Playboy Mansion, escaped a deeply dysfunctional marriage, and nearly died (twice!). She ultimately found love, purpose, and success as an author, film director, screenwriter, pop culture pundit and notable red carpet reporter has interviewed the biggest stars in the world.

Memoirs of a Legal Courtesan

Author: S. P. Owen
Publisher:
ISBN: 0692995781
Release Date: 2018-01-04
Genre:

Memoirs of a Legal Courtesan is the true story of a desperate ex-supermodel turned legal secretary trying to find love in all the dark places-swinging, orgies, BDSM, and finally prostitution-before she crashes and gets sober from her sex/love addiction. Shanti escapes rape and sex trafficking in the fashion industry, and sexual harassment in Hollywood, by marrying and running away. But the rural life is too boring so she divorces and returns to New York City where her sexual traumas began. Little did she know that the tragedy of 9/11 would reignite all her troubles and propel her to the brink of destruction. This is the tragic but ultimately triumphant tale of an aging beauty churning through lovers to escape her pain until she finally accepts that she suffers from sex/love addiction and fights her way to a new, sober life.

Living with a Dead Language

Author: Ann Patty
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101980248
Release Date: 2016-06-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

“A delightful mix of grammar and growth, words and wonder.” – The Washington Post An entertaining exploration of the richness and relevance of the Latin language and literature, and an inspiring account of finding renewed purpose through learning something new and challenging After thirty-five years as a book editor in New York City, Ann Patty stopped working and moved to the country. Bored, aimless, and lost in the woods, she hoped to challenge her restless, word-loving brain by beginning a serious study of Latin at local colleges. As she begins to make sense of Latin grammar and syntax, her studies open unexpected windows into her own life. The louche poetry of Catullus calls up her early days in 1970s New York, Lucretius elucidates her intractable drivenness and her attraction to Buddhism, while Ovid’s verse conjures a delightful dimension to the flora and fauna that surround her. Women in Roman history, and an ancient tomb inscription give her new understanding and empathy for her tragic, long deceased mother. Finally, Virgil reconciles her to her new life—no longer an urban exile, but a rustic scholar, writer and teacher. Along the way, she meets an impassioned cast of characters: professors, students and classicists outside of academia who keep Latin very much alive. Written with humor, heart, and an infectious enthusiasm for words, Patty’s book is an object lesson in how learning and literature can transform the past and lead to an unexpected future. From the Hardcover edition.

Memoirs of a Mongol Without a Pony

Author: RG Stern
Publisher:
ISBN: 0692653228
Release Date: 2016-03-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Shane Stern has Down syndrome and a wicked sense of humor. This irreverent, profane, hilarious, and moving autobiography recalls his travels through the challenges, reverses, and small victories of childhood, the maze of scholastic and social barriers he has to negotiate, and his passage into adulthood. Memoirs of a Mongol without a Pony, while providing a running commentary on gender, race, sports, entertainment, politics, celebrities, and American culture in general, is at its heart an ode to the remarkable power of one individual to overcome stereotypes and bring out extraordinary warmth and kindness in those he meets. The book describes with wit and verve the many wonderful and quirky characters who have touched Shane's life. Memoirs is an utterly original portrait of a charismatic person who lives a life that is different from most, but complete in its innocence, mischievousness, and ultimately, achievement.