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The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini at werd.com

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski takes a fresh look at the life of iconic illusionist Harry Houdini. Through years of traveling to visit museums, aspiring magicians, and all sorts of offbeat characters, the author captures the voices of his devoted fans, exploring his impact on American culture and why Houdini’s legacy endures to this day.

Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As lived by Jon Zazula at werd.com

Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As lived by Jon Zazula

Megaforce Records was started by Jonny Zazula in a New Jersey apartment in 1983. Nobody cared. Then a little record called Kill ’Em All by Metallica started percolating. So yeah. Jonny Z’s Megaforce  went on to release records by Anthrax, Testament, Mercyful Fate, Raven, Overkill, Exciter, Stormtroopers of Death, Method of Destruction, Ace Frehley, King’s X, Ministry, & many more. These are his stories, straight from the source. Plus over 100 rare photos unearthed from the MegaVault.

A24 Screenplay Books Celebrate Original Cinema at werd.com

A24 Screenplay Books Celebrate Original Cinema

Independent film studio A24 is launching a new collection of books celebrating writer screenplays from its catalog of award-winning films. Starting with Ex Machina by Alex Garland, The Witch by Robert Eggers, and Moonlight by Barry Jenkins the collection will showcase writer-director works, concept art, images, and original essays. The first edition of these 8” X 11” hardcovers will be released in a limited pressing of just 2000 each. Available for pre-order now.

Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright at werd.com

Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Regarded as America’s preeminent architect, Frank Lloyd Wright was also a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Written by the award-winning author of Hemingway’s Boat and Sons of Mississippi, biographer Paul Hendrickson explores the icon’s dark side; the emotional and romantic struggles and the fires that haunted him throughout his life.

I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story at werd.com

I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story

With a foreword by director J.J. Abrams, and a spirited narrative created by C-3PO himself, late actor Anthony Daniels’ recounts his experiences of the epic cinematic adventure that has influenced pop culture for more than 40 years. For the very first time, he candidly shares intimate memories as the only actor to appear in every Star Wars film – from first meeting with George Lucas to the final, emotional days on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Cinema on Paper: The Graphic Genius of Movie Posters at werd.com

Cinema on Paper: The Graphic Genius of Movie Posters

Featuring classic, award-winning and forgotten films that date from the turn of the 20th century to the early 2000s, Assouline’s Cinema on Paper highlights more than 100 works from one of the most prominent collections of film posters in the world, showcasing the artistry & creativity of an inspiring array of international artists & illustrators.

Conversations With Tom Petty at werd.com

Conversations With Tom Petty

Conversations With Tom Petty is the first authorized book to focus solely on the life and work of the man responsible for some of the most memorable rock anthems of a generation, including: ‘American Girl’, ‘Breakdown’, ‘Refugee’, & scores more. Based on a series of in-depth discussions with Tom about his career & specifically his songwriting, author Paul Zollo originally published it back in 2005. This new edition has been updated with a foreword from Petty himself as well as photos from his last live performance.

Janis: Her Life & Music at werd.com

Janis: Her Life & Music

The short, crazy and incredibly influential life of Janis Joplin finally gets its due in this new biography written by Holly George-Warren, one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history. Based on unprecedented access to Joplin’s family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis draws an intimate portrait of the one they called the Queen Of Rock n’ Roll.

Rick Baker: Metamorphosis 2-Volume Set at werd.com

Rick Baker: Metamorphosis 2-Volume Set

Artist and “monster-maker” Rick Baker is a legend of Hollywood special effects. From the zombies of Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking Thriller to Men in Black and all the way back to the horrifying effects in An American Werewolf in London, his work is iconic. This deluxe, two-volume set, packed with more than 1,600 color images and original sketches, covers the makeup artist’s forty-plus-year career. Hardcover available for pre-order now.

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography at werd.com

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

Following on the heels of his sweeping RocketMan biopic, Elton John has released his first (and the only official) autobiography. In it, the global pop culture icon reveals intimate truths about his extraordinary life as an entertainer, from the rollercoaster superstar lifestyle depicted in the film to his personal evolution into a saner, more grounded human while upholding his legacy as a living legend. Elton goes deep & covers it all.

Thomas Edison Finally Gets the Biography He Deserves at werd.com

Thomas Edison Finally Gets the Biography He Deserves

Thomas Edison was the most famous American of his time and today is considered the most prolific genius in American history. This new biography, Edison by Pulitzer Prize winning author Edmund Morris is the result of 7 years of research among five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison’s New Jersey laboratory, exclusive access to family papers still held in trust, and the writer’s own acuity for creating deeply layered personal portraits.

Rick Ross Pens <i>Hurricanes: A Memoir</i> at werd.com

Rick Ross Pens Hurricanes: A Memoir

In his new memoir Hurricanes, hip-hop mogul Rick “The Boss” Ross chronicles his wild ride to fame and fortune in the music industry: from his days as a dope boy in Carol City’s notorious Matchbox housing projects, coming of age amid Miami’s crack epidemic, the music, the star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame. Available September 3.

Edward Snowden Autobiography: <i>Permanent Record</i> at werd.com

Edward Snowden Autobiography: Permanent Record

Permanent Record is the story of American whistleblower Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the U.S. government’s system of mass surveillance. In this new autobiography he reveals for the first time the story of his life, from his early years to the classified NSA & CIA leaks he published to his current exile in Russia. Available September 17.

Golf: The Impossible Collection at werd.com

Golf: The Impossible Collection

Assouline continues to add ambitious & incredibly crafted books to its Ultimate Collection. The latest is a 20-pound, 200 page tome of Golf, created by George Peper, former editor in chief of Golf Magazine. The book follows the award-winning editor as he travels the world detailing the 100 most significant & historically important courses. In it he describes intricate holes that have confounded the game’s best, revisits make & break championship tournaments,  and expounds on the unique characteristics of each course.

Nights in White Castle: A Memoir at werd.com

Nights in White Castle: A Memoir

Following up his acclaimed memoir Sting-Ray Afternoons, sports writer Steve Rushin digs deeper into his own story. If the first book was a coming of age story, Nights In White Castle is the young adult years. From his first summer job at a Bennigan’s in suburban Milwaukee to his first career writing gig in New York at the legendary Time & Life building, it paints a tender portrait of an interesting journey.

Prince: The Beautiful Ones at werd.com

Prince: The Beautiful Ones

Filled with words, images, & writings from the artist himself, The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince; a first-person account of a kid who created a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The 4th & final segment of the book cover the Purple Rain years, so this is coming-of-age, pre-superstardom Prince—a period of his life that is sure to inspire. Available in hardcover October 29.

Barnum: An American Life at werd.com

Barnum: An American Life

P.T. Barnum is known as the greatest showman on earth. In this new biography, the first in a generation, author Robert Wilson captures the full genius, infamy, and allure of the man who created Barnum & Bailey’s circus. It is a story of ingenuity, grit, reinvention, and redemption through which Wilson makes the case for P. T. Barnum’s place among the icons of American history.

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver at werd.com

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver

Relatively speaking, very little of the world’s oceans have been explored. But cave diver and author Jill Heinerth, is doing all she can. Her new book, Into The Planet is her firsthand account of exploring the earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the caves she finds down there. Heinerth is the first in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and led a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations. She has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman & brings back some very cool stories.

NFL 100: A Century of Pro Football at werd.com

NFL 100: A Century of Pro Football

To celebrate the upcoming Golden Anniversary of the National Football League, NFL 100 celebrates a hundred years of history, tracking America’s most popular and highly watched sport from its humble beginnings in Canton, Ohio, to its current state of high stakes commercial influence. All the key moments and famous athletes are honored within the pages of this handsomely produced book.