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1. Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

Author: by Anthony Bourdain
0060899220
Ecco
English

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An updated and revised edition of Anthony Bourdain’s mega-bestselling Kitchen Confidential, with new material from the original editionAlmost two decades ago, the New Yorker published a now infamous article, Don’t Eat before You Read This, by then little-known chef Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain spared no one’s appetite as he revealed what happens behind the kitchen door. The article was a sensation, and the book it spawned, the now classic Kitchen Confidential, became an even bigger sensation, a megabestseller with over one million copies in print.

Frankly confessional, addictively acerbic, and utterly unsparing, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business. Fans will love to return to this deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisinethis time with never-before-published material.


2. Just Kids

Author: by Patti Smith
0060936223
Ecco
English

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography.

Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-Second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous, the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe.

It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.


3. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Author: by Anthony Bourdain
Bloomsbury USA
English
320 pages

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The New York Times bestselling memoir from Anthony Bourdain, the host of Parts Unknown. Kitchen Confidential reveals what Bourdain calls “twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine.”Last summer, The New Yorker published Chef Bourdain’s shocking, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” Bourdain spared no one’s appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door.

Bourdain uses the same “take-no-prisoners” attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain’s first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the east village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain’s tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable.

Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You’ll beg the chef for more, please.


4. The Tender Bar: A Memoir

Author: by J. R. Moehringer
0786888768
English
370 pages

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The New York Times bestseller and one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2005. In the tradition of This Boy’s Life and The Liar’s Club, a raucous, poignant, luminously written memoir about a boy striving to become a man, and his romance with a bar.J.R.

Moehringer grew up captivated by a voice. It was the voice of his father, a New York City disc jockey who vanished before J.R. Spoke his first word. Sitting on the stoop, pressing an ear to the radio, J.R.

Would strain to hear in that plummy baritone the secrets of masculinity and identity.Though J. R.’s mother was his world, his rock, he craved something more, something faintly and hauntingly audible only in The Voice. At eight years old, suddenly unable to find The Voice on the radio, J.R.

Turned in desperation to the bar on the corner, where he found a rousing chorus of new voices. The alphas along the bar-including J. R.’s Uncle Charlie, a Humphrey Bogart look-alike; Colt, a Yogi Bear sound-alike; and Joey D, a softhearted brawler-took J.R.

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Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
Author: by Vikki Tobak
Clarkson Potter
English
288 pages

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ONE OF AMAZON’S BEST ART & PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS 0F 2018AN NPR AND PITCHFORK BEST MUSIC BOOK OF 2018 PICKONE OF TIME’S 25 BEST PHOTOBOOKS OF 2018NEW YORK TIMES, ASSOCIATED PRESS, WALLSTREET JOURNAL, ROLLING STONE, AND CHICAGO SUN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE PICKThe perfect gift for music and photography fans, an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers told through their most intimate diariestheir contact sheets.

Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots alongside interviews and essays from industry legends, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop takes readers on a chronological journey from old-school to alternative hip-hop and from analog to digital photography. The ultimate companion for music and photography enthusiasts, Contact High is the definitive history of hip-hop’s early days, celebrating the artists that shaped the iconic album covers, t-shirts and posters beloved by hip-hop fans today.

With essays from BILL ADLER, RHEA L. COMBS, FAB 5 FREDDY, MICHAEL GONZALES, YOUNG GURU, DJ PREMIER, and RZA


6. The Noonday Demon

Author: by Andrew Solomon
Scribner
English
688 pages

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The Noonday Demon is Andrew Solomon’s National Book Award-winning, bestselling, and transformative masterpiece on depressionthe book for a generation, elegantly written, meticulously researched, empathetic, and enlightening (Time)now with a major new chapter covering recently introduced and novel treatments, suicide and anti-depressants, pregnancy and depression, and much more.

The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers, and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease as well as the reasons for hope.

He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications and treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populationsaround the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by biological explanations for mental illness.


7. Vogue on Coco Chanel (Vogue on Designers)

Author: by Bronwyn Cosgrave
Quadrille Publishing
English
158 pages

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In Vogue on Coco Chanel, acclaimed fashion writer and commentator Bronwyn Cosgrave traces the story of Coco Chanel’s iconic designs and glamorous, racy life. Featuring original illustrations and images from celebrated photographers, such as Cecil Beaton, the book provides a completely fresh look at the fashion designer, who is arguably ‘the most influential female designer of the twentieth century’. Coco Chanel pioneered classic easy-to-wear fashion for the modern woman.

Perhaps her most important contribution to the fashion world was the simple, much-imitated ‘little black dress’, which made its debut in 1926. Other landmark creations include the Chanel suit and the quilted handbag. It is a testament to her lasting influence that these legendary designs remain as popular today as when they first appeared.


8. Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life

Author: by Bill Madden
English
304 pages
1982136189

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An authoritative, must-read (Keith Hernandez) biography of Hall of Fame pitching legend Tom Seaver, still the greatest player ever to wear a Mets jersey, by a journalist who knew him well. He was called Tom Terrific for a reason. Tom Seaver is among the greatest pitchers of all time (Bob Costas).

He is one of only two pitchers with 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts, and an ERA under 3.00. He was a three-time Cy Young award winner, twelve-time All Star, and was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame with the highest percentage ever at the time.

Popular among players and fans, Seaver was fiercely competitive but always put team success ahead of personal glory. Born in Fresno, California, Seaver signed with the New York Mets in 1967, leading them to their stunning 1969 World Series victory. After a legendarily lopsided trade, he joined the Cincinnati Reds, then later played for the White Sox and the Red Sox before ending his career following the 1986 season.

After his playing days, Seaver retired back to California to establish a successful vineyard. The in 2013, a recurrence of Lyme disease severely affected his memory, which Madden was the first to report. In 2019, Seaver’s family announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia and was withdrawing from public life.


9. Growing Up at Grossinger's

Author: by Tania Grossinger
B004T2LKNQ
Skyhorse
June 17, 2008

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“To be devoured in one non-stop gulp… Fascinating reading.”The New York Post From 1919 to 1986, Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel provided a summer retreat from the city heat for New York’s Jews, and entertained the great, the near-great, and the not so great, Jews and Gentiles alike.

A melting pot of the Borscht Belt, sports, and show-biz worlds, loyal visitors included Red Buttons, Rocky Marciano, Eddie Fisher, and Jackie Robinson. Tania Grossinger grew up there. In her fascinating insider’s account of life in the hospitality industry, she sheds light on how hotel children keep up with the frenetic pace of life, and how they come to grips with the outside world (which intrudes now and again), sex (happening in every room), and, occasionally, their intellectual interests.

Growing Up at Grossinger’s is both a wonderful coming-of-age story and a sentimental reading of a chapter of the Jewish experience in America that has now closed.25 b/w photographs. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.

10. A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness

Author: by Dave Pelzer
Plume
English
284 pages

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A Man Named Dave, which has sold over 1 million copies, is the gripping conclusion to Dave Pelzer’s inspirational and New York Times bestselling trilogy of memoirs that began with A Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy.”All those years you tried your best to break me, and I’m still here.

One day you’ll see, I’m going to make something of myself.” These words were Dave Pelzer’s declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave’s father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine.

This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted toand nearly did. The more than two million readers of Pelzer’s New York Times and international bestselling memoirs A Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy know that he lived to tell his courageous story.

With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.

11. When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Author: by Esmeralda Santiago
Da Capo Press
English
278 pages

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One of “The Best Memoirs of a Generation” (Oprah’s Book Club): a young woman’s journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and eventually on to Harvard In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby’s soul to heaven.

But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually a new identity. In the first of her three acclaimed memoirs, Esmeralda brilliantly recreates her tremendous journey from the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years, to translating for her mother at the welfare office, and to high honors at Harvard.

12. What's Good?: A Memoir in Fourteen Ingredients

Author: by Peter Hoffman
English
352 pages
1419747622

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A culinary pioneer blends memoir with a joyful inquiry into the ingredients he uses and their origins What goes into the making of a chef, a restaurant, a dish? And if good ingredients make a difference on the plate, what makes them good in the first place?

In his highly anticipated first book, influential chef Peter Hoffman offers thoughtful and delectable answers to these questions. A locavore before the word existed (New York Times), Hoffman tells the story of his upbringing, professional education, and evolution as a chef and restaurant owner through its componentseverything from the importance of your relationship with your refrigerator repairman and an account of how a burger killed his restaurant, to his belief in peppers as a perfect food, one that is adaptable to a wide range of cultural tastes and geographic conditions and reminds us to be glad we are alive.

Along with these personal stories from a life in restaurants, Hoffman braids in passionately curious explorations into the cultural, historical, and botanical backstories of the foods we eat. Beginning with a spring maple sap run and ending with the late-season, frost-defying vegetables, he follows the progress of the seasons and their reflections in his greenmarket favorites, moving ingredient to ingredient through the bounty of the natural world.

13. Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

Author: by Alex Ross
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
English

784 pages

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Alex Ross, renowned New Yorker music critic and author of the international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Rest Is Noise, reveals how Richard Wagner became the proving ground for modern art and politicsan aesthetic war zone where the Western world wrestled with its capacity for beauty and violence.

For better or worse, Wagner is the most widely influential figure in the history of music. Around 1900, the phenomenon known as Wagnerism saturated European and American culture. Such colossal creations as The Ring of the Nibelung, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal were models of formal daring, mythmaking, erotic freedom, and mystical speculation.

A mighty procession of artists, including Virginia Woolf, Thomas Mann, Paul Czanne, Isadora Duncan, and Luis Buuel, felt his impact. Anarchists, occultists, feminists, and gay-rights pioneers saw him as a kindred spirit. Then Adolf Hitler incorporated Wagner into the soundtrack of Nazi Germany, and the composer came to be defined by his ferocious antisemitism.

14. Underboss: Sammy the Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia

Author: by Peter Maas
0060930969
Harper Perennial
English

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Sammy the Bull Gravano is the highest-ranking member of the Mafia in America ever to defeat. In telling Gravano’s story, Peter Maas brings us as never before into the innermost sanctums of the Cosa Nostra as if we were there ourselves-a secret underworld of power, lust, greed, betrayal, and deception, with the specter of violent death always waiting in the wings.

15. Report from Engine Co. 82

Author: by Dennis Smith
Grand Central Publishing
English
240 pages

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From his bawdy and brave fellow firefighters to the hopeful, hateful, beautiful and beleaguered residents of the poverty-stricken district where he works, Dennis Smith tells the story of a brutalising yet rewarding profession.

16. Angela's Ashes (The Frank McCourt Memoirs)

Author: by Frank McCourt
English
364 pages
0684874350

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Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.”When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all.

It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.

Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy – exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story.

Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors-yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.