Top 5 Nonfiction:
1. SI-COLOGY 1, by Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach
2. STILL FOOLIN' 'EM, by Billy Crystal
3. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
4. ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan
5. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
by Linda Ronstadt
In this memoir, iconic
singer Linda Ronstadt weaves together a captivating story of her origins
in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California
music scene of the 1960s and ’70s.
Born into a musical family,
Linda’s childhood was filled with everything from Hank Williams to
Gilbert and Sullivan, Mexican folk music to jazz and opera. Her artistic
curiosity blossomed early, and she and her siblings began performing
their own music for anyone who would listen. Now, twelve Grammy Awards
later, Ronstadt tells the story of her wide-ranging and utterly unique
Ronstadt arrived in Los Angeles just as the
folk-rock movement was beginning to bloom, setting the stage for the
development of country-rock. After the dissolution of her first band,
the Stone Poneys, Linda went out on her own and quickly found success.
As part of the coterie of like-minded artists who played at the
Troubadour club in West Hollywood, she helped define the musical style
that dominated American music in the 1970s. One of her early back-up
bands went on to become the Eagles, and Linda would become the most
successful female artist of the decade. She has sold more than 100
million records, won numerous awards, and toured all over the world.
Linda has collaborated with legends such as Emmylou Harris, Dolly
Parton, Aaron Neville, J.D. Souther, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Bette
Midler, and Frank Sinatra, as well as Homer Simpson and Kermit the Frog.
By the time she retired in 2009, Ronstadt had spent four decades as one
of the most popular singers in the world, becoming the first female
artist in popular music to release four consecutive platinum albums.
Simple Dreams, Ronstadt reveals the eclectic and fascinating journey
that led to her long-lasting success. And she describes it all in a
voice as beautiful as the one that sang “Heart Like a Wheel”—longing,
graceful, and authentic.
1. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
2. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
3. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot
4. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell
5. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls
HOW MUSIC WORKS
by David Byrne
How Music Works
is David Byrne’s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has
spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music
is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of
recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our
relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.
as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he
searches for patterns—and shows how those patterns have affected his own
work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from
Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger,
almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural
and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian
opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school
reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and
all the big studios in between).
Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the business of making music, How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music’s liberating, life-affirming power.
1. _____ MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern
2. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman
3. STILL FOOLIN' 'EM, by Billy Crystal
4. EMPTY MANSIONS, by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.
5. THE WITNESS WORE RED, by Rebecca Musser with Bridget Cook
by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.
No. 1 New York Times bestseller
When Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bill Dedman
noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty
years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions
is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age
opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle
over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress
named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her
death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades.
Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and
Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital
room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being
sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those
managing her money?
Dedman has collaborated with Huguette
Clark’s cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have
frequent conversations with her. Dedman and Newell tell a fairy tale in
reverse: the bright, talented daughter, born into a family of extreme
wealth and privilege, who secrets herself away from the outside world.
Huguette was the daughter of self-made copper industrialist W. A.
Clark, nearly as rich as Rockefeller in his day, a controversial
senator, railroad builder, and founder of Las Vegas. She grew up in the
largest house in New York City, a remarkable dwelling with 121 rooms for
a family of four. She owned paintings by Degas and Renoir, a
world-renowned Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls.
But wanting more than treasures, she devoted her wealth to buying gifts
for friends and strangers alike, to quietly pursuing her own work as an
artist, and to guarding the privacy she valued above all else.
The Clark family story spans nearly all of American history in three
generations, from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to mining camps in the
Montana gold rush, from backdoor politics in Washington to a distress
call from an elegant Fifth Avenue apartment. The same Huguette who was
touched by the terror attacks of 9/11 held a ticket nine decades earlier
for a first-class stateroom on the second voyage of the Titanic.
reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious Huguette and her intimate
circle. We meet her extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her
star-crossed sister, her French boyfriend, her nurse who received more
than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives fighting to inherit
Huguette’s copper fortune. Richly illustrated with more than seventy
photographs, Empty Mansions is an enthralling story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.
Praise for Empty Mansions
“An amazing story of profligate wealth . . . an outsized tale of rags-to-riches prosperity.”—The New York Times
exhaustively researched, well-written account . . . a blood-boiling
expose [that] will make you angry and will make you sad.”—The Seattle Times
“An evocative and rollicking read, part social history, part hothouse mystery, part grand guignol.”—The Daily Beast
“An enlightening read.”—Library Journal
childlike, self-exiled eccentric, [Huguette Clark] is the sort of of
subject susceptible to a biography of broad strokes, which makes Empty Mansions, the first full-length account of her life, impressive for its delicacy and depth.”—Town & Country
“A spellbinding mystery.”—Booklist
Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list come from NYTimes.com.