Lyons Press is raising the bar in Fall 2014, with a slew of provocative new books for intelligent readers. Below are just a handful of highlights, plus a link to the full Globe Pequot Press Fall 214 catalog.
My Heart is a Drunken Compass: A Memoir, by Domingo Martinez (Lyons Press; 978-1-4930-0140-8; $26.95 hardcover) With his trademark tragic-comical voice and arresting storytelling, National Book Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author Domingo Martinez (The Boy Kings of Texas) once again delivers a deeply personal memoir full of wry asides and poignant, thoughtful reflections in this bittersweet narrative of love, grief, and family. Chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2014.
One Lucky Bastard: Tales from Tinseltown, by Roger Moore (Lyons Press, 978-1-4930-0797-4; $26.95 hardcover). In this fabulous collection of true stories from his stellar career, Roger Moore lifts the lid on the movie business, from Hollywood to Pinewood, with outrageous tales from his own life and career, as well as those told to him by a host of stars and filmmakers, including Tony Curtis, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, David Niven, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, and Peter Sellers. The one and only Sir Roger Moore at his very best!
Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six, by Don Brown (Lyons Press; 978-1-4930-0746-2; $24.95 hardcover). A Black Hawk Down of the war in Afghanistan, the deadliest day for the U.S. in 12 years of that conflict—and the shocking evidence of a military cover-up. Was a unit of Navy SEAL Team Six killed in an inside job by the Taliban?
Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11, by Tom McMillan, foreword by Governor Tom Ridge (Lyons Press, 978-0-7627-9522-2; $25.95 hardcover). For the first time, the complete story of United Flight 93—from its delayed takeoff at Newark to the moment it plunged into an open field in rural Pennsylvania to the legacy the story leaves for future generations.
City of Rivals: Restoring the Glorious Mess of American Democracy, by Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, with forewords by Senator Bob Dole and Senator Tom Daschle (Lyons Press, 978-0-7627-9158-3; $25.95 hardcover). The first truly bipartisan take on where Congress has gone wrong, what history has taught us, and how we can end the gridlock in Washington. Like no book that has come before it, City of Rivals offers a real way forward.
An Obama’s Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery Across Three Cultures, by Mark Obama Ndesandjo (Lyons Press, 978-1-4930-0751-6; $25.95 hardcover). President Obama’s half-brother’s memoir—his childhood in Kenya, Barack Obama Sr. and his abusiveness, his own attempt to seek an American identity, and his relationship with our 44th president.
Thunder in the Mountains: A Personal Journey through America’s Gun Culture, by Craig K. Collins (Lyons Press, 978-1-4930-0385-3; $24.95 hardcover). In this beautifully written and powerful memoir, author Craig Collins leads the reader down the remarkable path from the founding of America to present-day suburbia, to explore the meaning of a history—of his family’s and his country’s—that is infused with the culture of the gun. In doing so, Collins invites readers to consider the issue of gun violence from a completely new and deeply personal perspective.
Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius, by Leonard Shlain (Lyons Press, 978-1-4930-0335-8; $25.95 hardcover). The final work of best-selling author and brain surgeon Leonard Shlain explores the life, art, and mind of Leonardo da Vinci, seeking to explain da Vinci’s genius in art, science, psychology, and military strategy by using state-of-the-art left-right brain research to show that no other person in human history has excelled in so many different areas. In Leonardo’s Brain, Shlain peels back the layers to explore the how and the why.
Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock’s Greatest Legends, by John Glatt (Lyons Press; 978-0-7627-8865-1; $26.95 hardcover). Throughthe interweaving lives of Bill Graham, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, and others, here’s the story of the 1960s rock music Colossus that stood astride the East and West Coasts—Bill Graham’s twin temples of rock, the Fillmore East and the Fillmore West, which played host to rock ‘n roll royalty for three solid years, before Graham shuttered both venues within weeks of each other in 1971. While Graham claimed he did so because “the flowers wilted and the scene changed,” that’s not quite the whole story.
The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America’s Most Public Family, by Amber Hunt and David Batcher (Lyons Press, 978-0-7627-9634-2; $26.95 hardcover). An unflinching look at the faith, politics, marriages, tragedies, triumphs, and stories of the women behind the men of America’s most storied family; what drew the Kennedy men to these iconic women; and what the women endured in exchange for their acceptance into the Camelot clan.
Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC, by J. D. Dickey (September 2014, Cloth, $26.95, ISBN 978-0-7627-8701-2). Empire of Mud unearths and untangles the roots of our capital’s beginnings and explores how the city was tainted from the start, its turbulent history setting a precedent for the dishonesty and mismanagement that have prompted generations to look suspiciously on the deeds of Washington politicians ever since. Publishers Weekly says: “Certain adjectives spring to mind when reading this eye-opening, in-depth look at the history of America’s capital city in the 19th century: sordid, squalid, tawdry, filthy, and corrupt. . . . Only someone who loves the city can be so honest about its flaws, and this love shows in Dickey’s flowing style and knowledgeable approach.”