What's left to reveal about one of the most chronicled musicians of the 20th century? As it turns out, a great deal. With the notoriously guarded McCartney's "tacit approval," Norman sheds new light on well-known Beatles stories and then goes further, forging a thoroughly absorbing account of McCartney's life after the group's breakup: business ventures, parenthood, personal tragedy, the struggle to live and create beyond the legacy of his fabled band. The result is a tantalizing trip down the legend's own long and winding road.
Few writers mythologized their own misbehavior with more gusto than Ernest Hemingway. In this history of the Spanish sojourn that inspired The Sun Also Rises, we encounter Hemingway before his fame — a charming, at times cruel social climber on the cusp of brilliance.
A "rock-'n'-roll monotheist" riffs with revivalist fervor on the sacred relics of his devotion: Mick, Keith, and their music, "a saga in which a handful of musicians stand for the longings of a society."
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A Loaded Gun By Jerome Charyn 256 pages; Bellevue Literary Press Still obsessed with his subject years after writing the 2010 novel The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, Charyn converts his preoccupation into a magnetic nonfiction reevaluation of the mystifying, radical, perhaps bisexual, and maybe greatest-ever American poet.
Audacious, outrageously erudite, trenchant, and cranky as ever, one of our leading women of letters fixes her steely gaze on the essential role of the critic in witty, absorbing essays that encompass such literary heroes as Saul Bellow, W.H. Auden, and Franz Kafka.
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What happens when your high-school sweetheart, husband of more than two decades and the father of your children undergoes a medical procedure commonly known as the mother of all surgeries -- and comes out the other side with his brain altered, rendering him a near-stranger? "The man who survived on smarts, charm and looks has vanished," writes Sonya Lea. "Who he was, isn't." <a href="http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/product.aspx?EAN=9781941040072" target="_blank">In this deeply honest memoir</a>, Lea attempts to refind her husband, now that she and he can no longer communicate with, or relate to, each another. Though Lea's prose style can, at times, lack grace, it's the details and the honesty of her self-interrogation that make this memoir as addictive as a thriller. Structured in sections that alternate between Lea and Richard's early years and Richard's diagnosis, operation and recovery, you'll race through these pages, eager to find out if Richard's memory will return, and whether Lea will be able to find peace in her transformed marriage. Lea doesn't shy away from writing the difficult scenes—central to the narrative is her struggle with alcoholism and a gutsy investigation into how the illness decimated her and Richard's sex life (and how they put it back together). An admirable and heartening story about love, the resilience of marriage and what "in sickness and in health" really means.