Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction 3/4-10/13

This week here on Who's On Top,

Hardcover Nonfiction:

The Soundtrack Of My Life
By: Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis

In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last fifty years of popular music as only a true insider can.In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than forty years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and hosted the world’s highest profile parties.

In this fully illustrated, personal account, Davis tells all, from becoming an orphan in high school and getting through college and law school on scholarships, to being falsely accused of embezzlement and starting up his own record company, J Records. His wealth of experience offers valuable insight into the evolution of the music business over the past half-century and into the future.

Told with Davis’s unmatched wit, frankness, and style, The Soundtrack of My Life exposes a trove of never-before-heard stories—some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing—that will captivate and inspire all music lovers.

Paperback Nonfiction:
America The Beautiful  
By: Ben C. Carson and Candy Carson

What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares experiential insights that help us understand: ... what is good about America ... where we have gone astray ... which fundamental beliefs have guided America from her founding into preeminence among nations Written by a man who has experienced America's best and worst firsthand, America the Beautiful is at once alarming, convicting, and inspiring. You'll gain new perspectives on our nation's origins, our Judeo-Christian heritage, our educational system, capitalism versus socialism, our moral fabric, healthcare, and much more. An incisive manifesto of the values that shaped America's past and must shape her future, America the Beautiful calls us all to use our God-given talents to improve our lives, our communities, our nation, and our world.

E-Books Nonfiction:
After Visiting Friends  
By: Michael Hainey

“I inhaled this story. Everything you want and need in a book. I started chapter one with my coffee in the morning and then never made it to work. A beautiful book.” -Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter

A decade in the writing, the haunting story of a son’s quest to understand the mystery of his father’s death — a universal memoir about the secrets families keep and the role they play in making us who we are.

Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family’s back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael’s father, was found alone near his car on Chicago’s North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. And then suddenly he was gone, leaving behind a young widow, two sons, a fractured family—and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his death that would obsess Michael throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. Finally, roughly his father’s age when he died, and a seasoned reporter himself, Michael set out to learn what happened that night. Died “after visiting friends,” the obituaries said. But the details beyond that were inconsistent. What friends? Where? At the heart of his quest is Michael’s all-too-silent, opaque mother, a woman of great courage and tenacity—and a steely determination not to look back. Prodding and cajoling his relatives, and working through a network of his father’s buddies who abide by an honor code of silence and secrecy, Michael sees beyond the long-held myths and ultimately reconciles the father he’d imagined with the one he comes to know—and in the journey discovers new truths about his mother.

A stirring portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets, After Visiting Friends is the story of a son who goes in search of the truth and finds not only his father, but a rare window into a world of men and newspapers and fierce loyalties that no longer exists.

Top 5 Books Of The Week: 
Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. American Sniper - By: Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
2. The Soundtrack Of My Life - By: Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis
3. My Beloved World - By: Sonia Sotomayor
4. Killing Kennedy - By: Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
5. Killing Lincoln - By: Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Proof Of Heaven - By: Eben Alexander
2. American Sniper - By: Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
3. America The Beautiful - By: Ben C. Carson and Candy Carson
4. Quiet - By: Susan Cain
5. Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey - By: The Countess of Carnarvon

E-Books Nonfiction:
1. Drinking And Texting - By: Brandi Glanville with Leslie Bruce
2. American Sniper - By: Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
3. Proof Of Heaven - By: Eben Alexander
4. America The Beautiful - By: Ben C. Carson and Candy Carson
5. After Visiting Friends - By: Michael Hainey

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