Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Biographies

Bob Marley: The Untold Story by Chris Salewicz
Chris Salewicz interviewed Marley in Jamaica in 1979. In this thorough and detailed account of Marley's life and the world in which he grew up and came to dominate, Salewicz brings to life not only the Rastafari religion and the musical scene in Jamaica but also the spirit of the man himself. –Summary.

Damaged by Cathy Glass
“Eight-year-old Jodie’s behavior is so challenging and disturbing that she has already been through five foster carers in four months. But it is Jodie who is the real victim. Only Cathy has the determination, patience and love to really change her life for the better.” –Back Cover.

Fab: An Intimate Life Paul McCartney by Howard Sounes
Fab, an extensive biography of the legendary musician, tells Sir Paul’s entire life story. From childhood to present day this biography covers McCartney’s working-class Liverpool beginnings, his participation in the cultural phenomenon that was The Beatles, his successful post-Beatles career, and his unsuccessful second marriage to Heather Mills. –Summary.

J.R.: The Fast, Crazy Life of Hockey's Most Outspoken and Most Colourful Personality by Jeremy Roenick
"In J.R., Roenick reveals all, from his youth hockey days commuting across the continent; to his time with the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and his other teams; to skating with the American team in international competition; to acting as judge on Battle of the Blades. Elaborating on the events and opinions that he is known for, including his famous media battle with Patrick Roy, his claims of a bias against American players, his accusation that USA Hockey has "blackballed" him, and his thoughts on Wayne Gretzky and the Phoenix Coyotes, Roenick tells it as only he can, in his own words." –Jacket.

The Ovechkin Project by Damien Cox and Gare Joyce
“The Ovechkin Project takes a probing look at the game’s most dangerous player in the most tumultuous and difficult season of his phenomenal career. This unauthorized biography tells the story of hockey’s brightest star and more. It goes behind the scenes with those who made him a unique talent, those who are on the business ends of his bodychecks and paycheques, and those who see him as a friend, teammate, captain and their best shot at glory.” –Jacket.

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli
“When Norma Jeane Baker became famous as Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s, she said her mother, Gladys Baker, was either dead or not a part of her life, depending on the publicity campaign or the moment. However, neither was true. Marilyn’s mentally ill mother was very much present in her world and the complex family dynamic that unfolded behind the scenes is a story that has never before been told...until now. Here J. Randy Taraborrelli draws detailed portraits of the people so influential in Marilyn’s life. He tells the heartbreaking story of a world-famous daughter dealing secretly with a parent’s severe paranoid schizophrenia – and exposes the shocking scope of Marilyn’s own mental deterioration. Taraborrelli also uncovers the identity of Marilyn's father and the half-brother she never knew.” –Back Cover.

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers readers a view of his personal and professional life. He tells of his childhood in Ontario; his contraction of polio at the age of five; struggling to pay rent during his early years; performing in a remote towns; leaving Canada for the United States in 1966 in order to pursue his musical dreams; falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children. Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young’s journey as only he can tell it. – Summary