DUKE by Terry Teachout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Like most Ellington albums, Teachout's in-depth, well-researched, loving study of this American treasure is an instant classic."
With this exhaustive, engaging study of the greatest jazz composer of his era, Wall Street Journal drama critic Teachout solidifies his place as one of America's great music biographers. Read full book review >
THE LAST TRAIN TO ZONA VERDE by Paul Theroux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"Reading this enlightening book won't only open a window into Theroux's mind, it will also impart a deeper understanding of Africa and travel in general."
The acclaimed travel writer and novelist chronicles his journey through Africa as tourist, adventure-seeker, thinker and hopeful critic. Read full book review >

MO' META BLUES by Ahmir Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2013

"Fanatics and newcomers to the music will both find plenty of revelation here."
A thoughtful, incisive analysis of hip-hop—and pop music in general—from one of its foremost contemporary architects. Read full book review >
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOLUME 2 by Mark Twain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Twain admirers will find this volume indispensable and will eagerly await the third volume."
In which the great American author, aided by his scholarly editors, continues to spin out a great yarn covering his long life. Read full book review >
THE ORDINARY ACROBAT by Duncan Wall
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Blending cultural history with biography, memoir and travelogue, Wall's carefully balanced book is, in itself, a successful tightrope traverse."
A Fulbright fellow immerses himself in the remarkable history of circuses. Read full book review >

MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A modern rejoinder to Black Like Me, Beloved and other stories of struggle and redemption—beautifully written, if sometimes too sad to bear."
An assured yet scarifying memoir by young, supremely gifted novelist Ward (Salvage the Bones, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
FOSSE by Sam Wasson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Graceful prose creates a richly detailed and poignant portrait, simultaneously inspiring and depressing."
The lushly researched life of celebrated dancer, choreographer and director (stage, films, TV) Bob Fosse (1927-1987). Read full book review >
LOUDER THAN HELL by Jon Wiederhorn
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 14, 2013

"Even if your metal collection consists of a couple of Kiss cassettes and an AC/DC CD, you'll find this a killer read."
An indispensable oral history of an often misunderstood musical genre. Read full book review >