1. NEIL BAROFSKY— BAILOUT: How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street — A man who has definitely been in the news: Neil Barofsky served as the Special Inspector General in charge of overseeing TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) from December 2008 until March 2011. For eight years prior, he was a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he headed the Mortgage Fraud Group. Currently, Neil Barofsky is a senior fellow at New York University School of Law.
2. DAVID BERG — RUN, BROTHER, RUN: A Memoir of a Murder in My Family — In 1968 attorney David Berg’s brother, Alan, 31, was murdered by a notorious hit man. Berg’s memoir is both the story of the murder and of the psychic destruction of the Berg family by the author’s father, who allowed a grievous blunder at the age of 23 to define his life and that of his family. Run, Brother, Run is a raw, furious, bawdy, and scathing testimonial about love, hate, and pain — and utterly unforgettable. “Suffused with a tragic sense of humor and deep pathos, one can'’t help but think of Willy Loman with a Texas twang when reading Run, Brother, Run. (Jon Meacham)
3. LESLIE BRODY — THE LAST KISS — Leslie Brody, a newspaper reporter and mother of two, thought her life was finally heading in the right direction when she married Elliot, a romantic, funny and brilliant editor with three children of his own. But six years after their wedding, they learned that Elliot, only 55, had pancreatic cancer - and would be lucky to live for a year or two. With a journalist's eye for intimate detail, Leslie shows how they made the very most of the time they had left together. Told with heart, humor and compelling immediacy, The Last Kiss is a love story about the life-affirming power of a passionate marriage, the importance of loyal friends, and the resilience of children growing up through one of life's harshest trials. "I love this book because it is so honest.... Some of her stories will break your heart, others bring a smile to your face. Yes, The Last Kiss is a portrait of loss...but also, and more importantly, of a life lived fully." - Meredith Vieira
4. ROBERT A. CARO — THE PASSAGE OF POWER: The Years of Lyndon Johnson — Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Caro has published his 4th book in his magnificent biography of Lyndon Johnson. Hailed by President Bill Clinton as brilliant, important and remarkable, he said: "With this fascinating and meticulous account Robert Caro has once again done America a great service.” Among his many other awards, Caro was also awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.
5. EDWARD CONARD— UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong — Ed Conard is a top ten New York Times best-selling author and a visiting scholar at the American Enerprise Institute. In 2012, Ed Conard was one of the top ten most Googled authors. From 1993 to 2007, he was a partner at Bain Capital. He served as the head of Bain’s New York office and led the firm’s acquisitions of large industrial companies. He sits on several boards of directors including the board of Waters Corporation. Prior to Bain, Conard worked for Wasserstein Perella, an investment bank that specialized in mergers and acquisitions, and Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, where he headed its industrial practice. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of Michigan. “Edward Conard’s keen business insight and sharp eye on economic forces explain structural strengths and weaknesses of the American economy. While some of his proposed solutions are controversial, the U.S. economy can recover its mojo if policy makers understand Conard’s diagnosis.” — GLENN HUBBARD, Dean, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University; Former Chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisers
6. CLIVE DAVIS — THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE — Music legend Clive Davis recounts an extraordinary five-decade career in the music business, while also telling a remarkable personal story of triumphs, disappointments, and encounters with some of the greatest musical artists of our time, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys. Orphaned and impoverished in his teens, Davis overcame early hardships, earning a full scholarship to NYU and then one to Harvard Law School. As general counsel at Columbia Records, Davis quickly distinguished himself and capitalized on a lucky break to catapult to the presidency of the company. More surprisingly, he was to learn he had “ears,” a rare ability to spot talent and create hit records. Those ears contributed to the fabled success of three companies — Columbia, Arista, and J — where Davis discovered and developed more unique artists than anyone in music industry history.
7. SYLVIA DAY— ENTWINED WITH YOU — The #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels sold in 39 countries, Day is a reader favorite across several genres, and there are millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. Her work has been honored as Amazon's Best of the Year in Romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award twice.
8. NELSON DEMILLE— THE PANTHER — Since 1978, Nelson DeMille has published 17 novels, each a commercial and critical success, plus numerous short stories and anthologies. This gripping thriller (set early in 2004) finds antiterrorist agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, joining an investigative team in Yemen. Their stated mission: to continue looking into the suicide bombing of the USS Cole, the military vessel that was attacked by al-Qaeda in the port of Aden three years earlier. Their unstated mission: to bring to justice the mastermind of the Cole bombing, the man known as the Panther. This a first-class thriller, regardless of whether Corey is the reader’s old friend or a new acquaintance.
9. DAN FAGIN — TOMS RIVER: A Story of Science and Salvation — In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River, New Jersey a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice. A sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Fagin is an associate professor of journalism and the director of the Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
10. ERIC FISCHL — BAD BOY: My Life on and off the Canvas — Extraordinarily candid and revealing, Eric Fischl’s memoir is an often searing exploration of his coming of age as an artist, and his search for a fresh narrative style in the highly charged and competitive New York art world in the 1970s and 1980s. With such notorious and controversial paintings as Bad Boy and Sleepwalker, Fischl joined the front ranks of America artists, but the world of fashion, fame, cocaine and alcohol threatened to undermine all that he had achieved. Beautifully written, and as courageously revealing as his most provocative paintings, “Bad Boy” takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the passion and politics of the art world as it has rarely been seen before.
11. CHARLES GRAEBER— THE GOOD NURSE: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder — "A stunning book...” Janet Maslin, New York Times. After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media: Cullen had killed more than 300 people. In the tradition of In Cold Blood, The Good Nurse does more than chronicle Charlie Cullen's deadly career and the efforts to stop him. It paints an incredibly vivid portrait of madness and offers a penetrating look inside America's medical system. Harrowing and irresistibly paced, this book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way. Charles Graeber has been honored with numerous journalism prizes including the Overseas Press Club award for outstanding international journalism and the New York Press Club prize for the year's best magazine spot news reportage.
12. MAC GRISWOLD — THE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island — Award-winning, cultural landscape historian Griswold’s The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place on Shelter Island that has endured through histories bright and sinister — and of the family that has lived there since its founding as a New England slave plantation three and a half centuries ago. Alongside a team of archaeologists, Griswold began a dig that would uncover a landscape bursting with stories: its hidden vault proved to be full of revelations and treasures, including the 1666 charter for the land, and correspondence from Thomas Jefferson; a short and steep flight of steps the family had called the “slave staircase,” provided clues to the extensive but little known story of Northern slavery.
13. A. M. HOMES — MAY WE BE FORGIVEN: A Novel — “Cheever country with a black comedy upgrade…Homes crams a tremendous amount of ambition into May We Be Forgiven, with its dark humor, its careening plot, its sex-strewn suburb and a massive cast of memorable characters...its riskiest content, however, is something different: sentiment. This is a Tin Man story, in which the zoned-out Harry slowly grows a heart.” —Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times .“An entertaining, old-fashioned American story about second chances.” — Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air. “This novel starts at maximum force — and then it really gets going. I can't remember when I last read a novel of such narrative intensity; an unflinching account of a catastrophic, violent, black-comic, transformative year in the history of one broken American family. Flat-out amazing.” —Salman Rushdie. This June, A.M.Homes won the Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) for her novel May We Be Forgiven.
14. JAMES C. HUMES — CHURCHILL: The Prophetic Statesman — As a skilled historian, Churchill didn’t need a crystal ball to tell the future. He studied patterns of the past which led to his eerily accurate forecasts, including: the rise of a Hitler-like figure along with Nazi Germany; the year the Iron Curtain would fall and the Cold War would end; and the exact day of his own death as he entered his final years. In fascinating detail, Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman documents the spot-on prophecies Churchill foretold and the political consequences he endured for sharing them. Bestselling author James C. Humes reveals — for the first time — these and other shocking predictions from the legendary Prime Minister. Humes is a former speechwriter for Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. He has written numerous books, including The Sir Winston Method, Citizen Shakespeare, and The Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill.
15. SUSAN ISAACS — GOLDBERG VARIATIONS: A Story of Three Cousins and a Fortune — Imagine King Lear as a comedy . . . Elegant, amusing, and profoundly nasty tycoon Gloria Garrison, née Goldberg, has a kingdom to bequeath to one of the grandchildren she barely knows. They’re all twenty-somethings who foolishly believe money isn’t everything. Just shy of eighty, Gloria doesn’t wish to watch the minutes tick by while the three dither over the issues of their generation — love, meaning, identity. She has summoned them all from New York for a weekend at her palatial home in Santa Fe. She has a single question to ask them: “Which one of you most deserves to inherit my business?” Gloria never anticipates the answer will be “not interested” times three. What’s so grand about their lives that they would reject such a kingdom? Susan Isaacs is the author of thirteen novels, including As Husbands Go, Any Place I Hang My Hat, and Compromising Positions, all of which have been international bestsellers.
16. KITTY KELLEY — CAPTURING CAMELOT: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys — Bestselling author, and friend of the late Stanley Tretick, Kitty Kelley goes behind the lens of the legendary photojournalist to capture a magical time, with more than 200 photos, many never before seen. In 1960, Tretick was sent by UPI to follow the Kennedy campaign. When Kennedy took office, Tretick was given extensive access to the White House, where he covered both the president and his family, and he is best known today for the photographs he took of President Kennedy relaxing with his children. Capturing Camelot includes some of the most memorable images of America's Camelot and brings to life the uniquely hopeful historical era from which it emerged.
17. PADMA LAKSHMI — TANGY TART HOT AND SWEET: A World of Recipes for Every Day — As host of Bravo's popular Top Chef, Lakshmi, an award-winning cookbook authoran, internationally renowned actress and model, reaches millions of viewers each week and returns to the page with recipes for sophisticated international cuisine that are easy to prepare. From appetizers to entrées, soups to desserts — Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet is the perfect book for anyone who wants cooking to be easy, elegant, and unforgettable. As an added treat this "SUMMER SUPRISE" party will also include six other celebrity authors who will add to the enjoyment of the evening. Guess who's coming to dinner?
18. ROBERT K. MASSIE — CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait of a Woman — The Pulitzer Prize–winning, best-selling author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Named one of the best books of the year by: The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Salon and Vogue, to name a few. “[A] compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman.”—Newsweek
19. MARK MAZZETTI — THE WAY OF THE KNIFE: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth — A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war. At the heart of the book is the story of two proud and rival entities, the CIA and the Pentagon, elbowing each other for supremacy. Mazzetti tracks an astonishing cast of characters, from a CIA officer dropped into the tribal areas to learn the hard way how the spy games in Pakistan are played to the chain-smoking Pentagon official running an off-the-books spy operation, from a Virginia socialite whom the Pentagon hired to gather intelligence about militants in Somalia to a CIA contractor imprisoned in Lahore after going off the leash. For better or worse, their struggles will define American national security in the years to come. Mark Mazzetti is a national security correspondent for The New York Times. In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response, and he has won numerous other major journalism awards, including the George Polk Award.
20. JAY MCINERNEY — The Juice: Vinous Veritas — For more than a decade, James Beard Foundation Awardee and bestselling author Jay McInerney has explored the world of wines in eloquent essays, now featured in The Wall Street Journal, that have been praised by restaurateurs (“Filled with small courses and surprising and exotic flavors, educational and delicious at the same time” —Mario Batali), by esteemed critics (“Brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly candid and provocative” —Robert M. Parker Jr.), and by the media. (“His wine judgments are sound, his anecdotes witty, and his literary references impeccable” —The New York Times). In this new collection, McInerney provides a master class in the almost infinite varieties of wine and the people and places that produce it — from the legendary chateaus to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the new contenders worldwide. “Superlative,” Financial Times.
21. CHRISTINA OXENBERG — LIFE IS SHORT: Read Short Stories — Christina Oxenberg was born & briefly raised in New York City. Bypassing university, Oxenberg plunged into a whirlpool of random employment, everything from researcher to party organizer to art dealer to burger flipper. Oxenberg's single true love is writing & she published her first book, Taxi, a collection of anecdotes, in 1986. Despite the low pay Oxenberg published articles in Allure Magazine, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Tattler, Salon.com, Penthouse and anyone else who would have her. In 2000 she was seduced by the offer of a regular paycheck & she fell into the rabbit hole world of fine fibers. A decade was thus sucked up by a frenzied wool business. With relief she returns to the relative calm of writing. Between excursions she lives in New York City.
22. GWYNETH PALTROW with Julia Turshen — IT'S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great — Academy-Award winning actress and bestselling cookbook author, Paltrow felt run down and out of energy, and asked her doctor for advice. The result inspired It’s All Good, with 185 recipes for the foods she now eats when she wants to lose weight, look good, and feel more energetic. Here are the go-to dishes that have become the baseline for the restorative diet she turns to whenever she feels she needs it, including Huevos Rancheros, Hummus Tartine with Scallion-Mint Pesto, Salmon Burgers with Pickled Ginger, even Power Brownies, Banana "Ice Cream," and more! A book easily followed and with a promise that mealtime will never be boring.
23. ALEX PAPACHRISTIDIS — THE AGE OF ELEGANCE: Interiors — One of today’s eminent tastemakers, Papachristidis is known for arresting, elegant interiors that meld classical motifs with a modern perspective and sophisticated details. This volume pays homage to his refined sensibility and celebrates the 25th anniversary of Alex Papachristidis Interiors. Papachristidis has decorated homes for an international clientele — featured projects range from grand New York apartments to idyllic beach houses in the Hamptons and Cape Cod. "Papachristidis enjoys nothing more than turning a home space into art work. After making the list of Elle Décor’s A-List designers, he has leveraged his 25+ years of experience as a professional interior designer, to deliver this extraordinary book on how you to can obtain his one of a kind look.” — www.thesocietydiaries.com
24. PHILIPPE PETIT — WHY KNOT?: How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots! — On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center’s twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable components — the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky. After years of hands-on research, Philippe presents Why Knot?, with Philippe’s own practical sketches that illustrate original methods and clear, clever tying instructions. If you’re not already nuts for knots, Petit will transform you into a knot aficionado. “Read this book and pop it in your pocket. . . . One day it may save your life!” —Melissa Leo
25. AUSTIN RATNER — IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING: A Novel — A dazzling story of fathers, sons, and brothers — bound by love, divided by history, from the pen of a prize winning writer. In the Land of the Living is part family saga, part coming-of-age story — a kinetic, fresh, bawdy yet earnest shot to the heart of a novel about coping with death, and figuring out how and why to live. Austin Ratner' s first novel, The Jump Artist, was the 2011 winner of the Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and has been honored with the Missouri Review Editor's Prize in Fiction. Before turning his focus to writing he received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and he is co-author of the textbook “Concepts in Medical Physiology.” He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
26. SAM ROBERTS with Foreword by Pete Hamill — GRAND CENTRAL: How a Train Station Transformed America — A rich, illustrated - and entertaining -- history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary. Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters. Featuring quirky anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information, this book will allow readers to peek into the secret and unseen areas of Grand Central — from the tunnels, to the command center, to the hidden passageways.
27. MARCUS SAMUELSSON — YES CHEF: A Memoir — It begins in Sweden with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures—the price of ambition, in human terms—and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. Yes, Chef is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world. “One of the great culinary stories of our time.” The New York Times. “Plenty of celebrity chefs have a compelling story to tell, but none of them can top [this] one.”—The Wall Street Journal
29. JANET WALLACH — THE RICHEST WOMAN IN AMERICA— Dubbed 'the Witch of Wall Street,' 19th century capitalist Hetty Green was a talented investor who parlayed her initial inheritance into a substantial fortune, famously eschewing the glamour and the excesses of the Gilded Age. Despite her shrewd investment acumen, her remarkable achievements were often overshadowed by her well-publicized eccentricities. While she was a popular-culture icon for many of the wrong reasons, most journalists failed to acknowledge her blistering business savvy and the tremendous power she wielded in a male-dominated arena. Wallach does Green long-overdue service by providing an evenhanded account of her professional accomplishments and her personal peculiarities. "Well-researched and well-written ...” Wall Street Journal. Janet Wallach is the author of nine books, including Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell, which has been translated into more than twelve languages and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
30. DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER — SEXUALLY SPEAKING: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Sexual Health — “Dr. Ruth” is, of course, the psychosexual therapist who pioneered frank and open discourse about sexual matters on the radio with her program Sexually Speaking, which expanded into a communications network that has included television, books, newspapers, games, home video, computer software, and the web. She is the author of more than 30 books, the majority of which have been major bestsellers. Direct, outspoken and highly informed and entertaining, Dr. Ruth is one of the most popular authors in the world.
31. PETER WOLF — MY NEW ORLEANS, GONE AWAY— Peter Wolf’s memoir captures the fabled town of his youth and delves into the aspirations, expectations and disappointments of his post-war generation. The narrative incorporates themes of identity, love, and longing bound into the story of his family, education, romances and career. Former Chairman of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture at Cooper Union. "A heartfelt, intimate, and painfully honest account of the coming of age of one shy boy and of the exotic city he left behind, but will never forget." Barbara Goldsmith
32. LAWRENCE SHILLER — MARILYN & ME: A Photographer's Memories — When he pulled his station wagon into the 20th Century-Fox studios parking lot in Los Angeles in 1960, twenty-three-year-old Lawrence Schiller kept telling himself that this was just another assignment, just another pretty girl. But the assignment and the girl were anything but ordinary. An intimate memoir recalling a young photographer'’s relationship with Marilyn Monroe just months before her death, with extraordinary photographs, some of which have never been published. ”With the precision of a surgeon, Schiller slices through the façade of Marilyn Monroe in his unflinching memoir. Revealing and readable, it’s a book I couldn’t put down." — Tina Brown
33. KATHRYN LIVINGSTON — LILLY: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend — Kathryn Livingston has had a long career in magazines covering fashion and fashionable people. First as a staff writer at Harper's Bazaar, then as executive editor of Town & Country. She pioneered innovative ways of profiling the high achieving, the influential and the privileged in places like New York, Houston, Toronto, Rio de Janiero, Mexico City, Paris and Milan, as well as in such playgrounds for the powerful as Aspen, Santa Barbara, and Palm Beach. She interviewed many of the world's most celebrated talents in the fields of entertainment, sport, business, science, medicine, art and architecture. In her newest book Kathryn takes a fresh look at the Roxanne Pulitzer scandal and the atmosphere that fed it, and other episodes involving Lilly Pulitzer's family and social circle. Lilly traces the many ups-and-downs in Lilly Pulitzer's personal life as well as her business, which suffered a decline in the 1980s before its resurgent transformation into the thriving success it is today.
34. LEA CARPENTER — ELEVEN DAYS— Powerful and lean, Eleven Days is an astonishing first novel full of suspense that addresses our most basic questions about war as it tells of the love between a mother and her son. And no debut novelist of recent times has received such stunning reviews: “A deeply affecting story... that attests to the debut of an extraordinarily gifted writer…" Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times; "Eleven Days is an extraordinary accomplishment." Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds; "Lea Carpenter has crafted a beautiful, and original, work of art... A magnificent debut.” Alexandra Styron, author of Reading My Father; “Powerful, moving and beautifully written, this story...shows us how 9/11 has changed our lives forever.” Bob Kerrey, author of When I Was a Young Man. A book and an author you will long remember.
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