Best Books for Men

It’s Garry Shandling’s Book at werd.com

It’s Garry Shandling’s Book

Garry Shandling was a comic’s comic. A guy funny people thought was funny. So it makes sense that Judd Apatow edited his story—an intimate portrait of his mentor, the legendary stand-up comic and star of The Larry Sanders Show. It features never-before-seen journal entries and photos, as well as new contributions by fellow comedians and writers that shed new light on every facet of his life and work. This book is the final word on the lasting impact of the great comedian.

Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other at werd.com

Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other

Anyone who knows hockey knows that Scotty Bowman is the greatest coach the sport has ever seen. He stacked up more game wins and more Stanley Cups than anyone before or since. And coached some of the greats: Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur, and Mario Lemieux. Written by Habs’ Hall Of Fame goalie Ken Dryden, this book is about a life—a hockey life, a Canadian life, a life of achievement. It is Scotty Bowman in his natural element, behind the bench one more time.

Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything at werd.com

Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything

Tap Code shares never-before-told details of underground operations during the Vietnam War. Written in his own words, it follows the story of downed U.S. pilot Carlyle “Smitty” Harris & his time in the infamous Hoa Lo prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton.” Once inside with no hope of rescue or escape, Harris remembered the Tap Code, an old, long-unused World War II method of communication through tapping on a common water pipe. He covertly taught the code to many POWs, and in turn they taught others. It became a lifeline during their internment—a morale booster and a way to communicate the chain of command that would be instrumental in helping them prevail over a brutal enemy.

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.