Ricky Skaggs “Kentucky Traveler”

September 11th, 2013

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From the first moment he took to a stage — and played Bill Montoe’s mandolin — at age six, Ricky Skaggs has been delighting audiences with his unique mastery of country and bluegrass.

Born and raised in eastern Kentucky, Skaggs hit his professional stride in the 1980s, when he started winning Grammys and CMA awards by the bushel.

But he didn’t forget his roots. By the beginning of the 2000s, Skaggs returned to traditional bluegrass.

And now he’s written his autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler,” which his publisher calls “a priceless look at America’s most cherished and vibrant musical tradition through the eyes of someone who has lived it.”

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Michael Oher “I Beat the Odds”

February 12th, 2011

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If you’ve read Michaal Lewis’ book “The Blind Side,” or have seen the Academy Award-winning movie based on the book, you know about Michael Oher, the virtually-homeless Memphis teenager, who went on to become a college All-American football star and first-round draft pick by the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. But there’s a whole lot more you don’t know about Michael Oher — and some of what you think you know may be wrong.

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In his book “I Beat the Odds” Oher fills in his backstory — the crack-addicted mother, the nearly-dozen brothers and sisters who often had to fend for themselves, the feared social workers who he now realizes were often reduced to tears in their efforts to help him and his family. And he has a message for the many thousands of other youngsters who find themselves where he was, not that many years ago.

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Pam Grier “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts”

June 16th, 2010

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Pam Grier is an icon. Her film roles playing strong, assertive women helped shape the culture of the early ’70s and inspired millions. Grier was the first African-American female lead in an action film, in that genre known as “blaxploitation.” Now in her memoir “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts” Grier describes her career, her loves, and her battle with cancer.

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Christopher Plummer “In Spite of Myself”

November 30th, 2008

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For six decades Christopher Plummer has entertained audiences, on the stage and on the screen, playing roles from King Henry II and Julius Caesar to Baron Georg Von Trapp and Klingon General Chang.

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Plummer’s first love is the theater, and he takes us on a grand tour in his memoir “In Spite of Myself,” spilling out anecdotes about his many co-stars, lovers, friends and nemeses. Publishers Weekly calls it “a sparkling star turn from a born raconteur for whom all the world is indeed a stage.”

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Janis Ian “Society’s Child”

August 15th, 2008

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“At Seventeen” may be the song she’s best known for, but in real life, at seventeen singer-songwriter Janis Ian was already a rapidly rising star.

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“Society’s Child” put her on the map at age fifteen, and before long, this girl with lingering worries about her hair and her skin was playing at Carnegie Hall and being reviewed in The New York Times. Janis Ian now tells her story in a frank autobiography called “Society’s Child.”

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