Here at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside, we used our time at the virtual booksellers trade shows this past September and October to look into bringing you more nonfiction titles, concentrating most on biographies and memoirs. We think you’ll find something for everyone amongst our selections this holiday season.
First we have two titles from the arts: Dave Grohl and his memoir THE STORYTELLER, covering his time with Nirvana and his subsequent musical journey with Foo Fighters; and HIRSHFELD – THE BIOGRAPHY, written by Ellen Stern, about the legendary illustrator Al Hirshfeld whose caricatures of musicians, writers, actors and performers became synonymous with Broadway.
Next we have two memoirs by stars of television and film. Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the host of B-movie horror marathons, gives us YOURS CRUELLY, ELVIRA, and comedian Kal Penn shares his story in YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS.
Past and present LGBTQIA icons are featured in SYBILLE BEDFORD – A LIFE, written by Selina Hastings, about the British writer, and BAGGAGE – TALES FROM A FULLY PACKED LIFE, the second memoir by Alan Cumming.
Finally we shine our spotlight on two very different books, each with their own appeal. TRAVELS WITH GEORGE by Nathaniel Philbrick is an attempt by the historian to find the real George Washington amidst all the folk stories, particularly the ones that grew up around places marked with plaques saying “George Washington Slept Here.” VANDERBILT – THE RISE AND FALL OF AN AMERICAN DYNASTY is Anderson Cooper’s research into his own forebears and their history as one of the richest and most influential families in the world.
Thank you, as always, for making our shelves your destination.