If you’ve ever had those slimy debt collectors blowing up your phone, you already know that the world of consumer debt collection is a rotten business. But this book is an exposé on the whole sordid underbelly of the biz, following a former bank executive and an armed robber who team up to chase paper—uncollected debt—all over the USA. While you wait for the October release, read this adaptation recently written for the New York Times Magazine.
The other 8 or 9 books about Bob Dylan cover the music, his influence, interviews. This new one from Bob’s close friend and tour manager Victor Maymudes is the story of Dylan’s personal history, constructed using Maymudes’ taped, 24-hour recording of personal memories, after which he died from a brain aneurysm.
Cinemax’s new series The Knick promises turn-of-the-century medical drama that gets gory but this book about renowned Dr. Thomas Mütter who practiced only 50 years earlier chronicles straight-up butchery. But Mütter pioneered the use of ether as anesthetic & the sterilization of surgical instruments, making surgery safer for all.
Amped up on “Arctic Fever”, the USS Jeanette set sail for the uncharted waters of the North Pole in 1879. It never came back. Amazingly though, the few sailors who survived the ice-pack shipwreck walked 1000-miles across Siberia battling Polar Bears and starvation.
Anthrax gave metal what their peers like Slayer, Megadeth, & Metallica never dared: a bit of humor. And the fans loved them for it. This memoir from Anthrax ax-man Scott Ian, a self-proclaimed ‘weird Jewish kid from Queens’ tells the bands whole history as well as Ian’s personal story which is also quite humorous.
Sure, your Vitamix is amazing but what can you do with a waffle iron? Steak? Pizza? Apple Pie? Yup. These and 50 other recipes are just waiting to be discovered in this quirky new cookbook from food freak Daniel Shumski.
This is the story of an American boy raised by his terrorist father, El-Sayyid Nosair—the man who planned the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. But contrary to popular wisdom, the boy (& now author) Zak Ebrahim did not evolve into a radicalized terrorist himself but rather developed an ideology of peace, empathy, & tolerance.
Author Walter Isaacson wrote the blockbusting, best-selling biography Steve Jobs but definitely not the straight-to-DVD movie starring what’s his face. Now Isaacson is back with another tale of American innovation, chronicling the weirdos & wizards who brought us computers and the Internet.
Escaping into the wilderness is much more enjoyable than facing the realities of today. Especially when you’ve built a cool hideout. And that’s what this book celebrates: contextual architecture, also known as hideouts, cabins, and summer homes in places where peace & quiet do not require a prescription.
In the US, soccer has never been more popular than it is today (we checked). But back in the 70s it was much cooler. This book gives 300 pages of photographic proof that soccer wasn’t about faking injuries and gambling pools. The game’s big stars burned brighter & the games, groupies, hairdos & hooligans were just plain awesomer.