Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways by Evelyn McDonnell
Though there’s much to like about Evelyn McDonnell’s well thought out and researched biography of The Runaways, the first all-girl, all-teen rock band, Queens of Noise (Da Capo). But what slays me are the might-have-beens.
Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas by Eric Fischl
The idyllic suburban childhood was a facade. What appeared like American perfection from the outside was, from inside, a living hell. Eric Fischl’s mother was an alcoholic, their family life often violent and dark.
Official Truth: 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera by Rex Brown and Mark Eglinton
A decade after they were torn asunder, super metal group, Pantera, has more than seven million Facebook fans. Numbers like would be a major feat for an active group, never mind an essentially dead one. And make no mistake, though three of the original four bandmembers are still alive, Pantera is no more, nor will it be. That much is clear from Official Truth: 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera.
John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger
No one writes biography quite like Harlow Giles Unger. His last half dozen or so books have brought as many long dead presidents back to something like literary life.
Truth Be Told by Larry King
Those who enjoy Larry King’s odd style and eclectic guest list as well as his acerbic and slightly off-the-wall approach will have no trouble getting into Truth Be Told.
American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare, The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee by Karen Abbott
Following on the success of 2007’s magnificent Sin in the Second City, author Karen Abbott seems determined to build a career writing books about sexy seductresses of the past.
Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
Though she will always be Star Wars’ Princess Leia to many of us, Fisher was born a Hollywood princess. The daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, some would say she was born royal.
Recipes for Life by Linda Evans
The record gets set entirely straight in Recipes for Life: My Memories a surprisingly candid -- not to mention surprisingly delicious -- collection of both Evans’ memories and her recipes. Who would have thought that when she used the word “recipe” in the title, she actually meant it?
One With the Sea by Richard Daniel O’Leary
In One With the Sea, much is made of author Richard Daniel O’Leary’s affinity and passion for the sea. But it’s more than that that pushes the young man back to become head of a large shipping and cruise company.
Nica’s Dream by David Kastin
Nica’s Dream: The Life and Legend of the Jazz Baroness is one of those books that you wouldn’t find credible if it were fiction.
Joe Simon: My Life in Comics by Joe Simon
While biographies of the real superheroes in the world of comics are, sadly, few and far between, it’s difficult to imagine one much better than Joe Simon: My Life in Comics.