Paulina Gretzky is a lot more popular than her dad these days but if you’re one of those fanatics who prefers hockey to silicone, this book will take you inside the life and times of the man widely considered to be the greatest hockey player of all time. This bio is Gretzky-approved and written by his long-time friend and veteran sports journalist Al Strachan.
Twitter went from zero to a $20 billion business very quickly. We could look up exactly how fast but then there’d be one less scintillating factoid for you to absorb from this book that chronicles how the social networking service blew up.
Any former reality show idiot can get a book deal. Especially to “write” a cookbook. But Southern chef John Currence won the James Beard award. And this won’t make his colorful personal stories or music pairings any better but at least you know his 130 recipes will be legit.
The funniest man that ever lived: Richard Pryor. This new book tells his whole story, from his upbringing in the family whorehouse to his legendary, boundary-bursting material, and enduring comedic legacy.
Looking at your own X-Rays in the doctor’s office is usually depressing but this book by X-Ray photographer Nick Veasey captures much more entertaining images. Random everything: a Boeing 777, animals, insects, humanoid robots, an F1 car, and many more.
Back in the 1930s, Marvel Comics owner Martin Goodman was publishing more than just superhero comics. His company also pumped out pulp novels & magazines filled with lurid romance, celebrity gossip, and shocking detective stories. This unseen history also features the work of Marvel artists who split their efforts between drawing comics and the titillating art of the pulp publications.
Technically, Ted Williams is dead but what endures and makes him immortal—that batting average. The 500+ homers. But there’s more to this book than heavy stats. There’s heavy drama. Did you know that for most of his life Williams disguised his Mexican heritage? Or that he fought in both WWII & Korea? Better read up.
Winespeak. It’s for waiters and the ex-wives they wait on. All you need to appreciate wine is a mouth but this book can get you a few steps further along in understanding what you’re drinking. Written without winespeak, master sommelier Richard Betts adds insight and humor (gasp) to help you identify and appreciate your wine. Yes, it really is a scratch-n-sniff book.
Acclaimed typist William Boyd picked up where the late, great 007 creator Ian Fleming left off and brings us the newest James Bond novel, set in 1969 Africa. This go around, Bond is sent to quash rebel forces threatening a West African regime. Will the legacy continue with Mr. Boyd at the helm?
The world knows all about Dr. J’s skills on the court and his enduring NBA legacy. We also know plenty about those adulterous baby moms. This new autobiography comes straight from the heart of the Doc as he explains his crazy, conflicted double-life in his own words.