Derek Sanderson

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Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

Gorey aficionados will inevitably want this book. Others will do better by starting with Ascending Peculiarity, a wonderful collection of Gorey interviews and profiles, edited by Karen Wilkin. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]
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Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times

Though the style is breezy and doesn't go too deep emotionally, Barlow's memoir tells such riveting stories on a variety of topics that it's hard to resist. Essential for Deadheads, fans of Wired, and Internet technology mavens.
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Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

For Deadheads only and not all will be interested. Better starting points would be Dennis McNally's definitive A Long Strange Trip, David Browne's So Many Roads; or Blair Jackson and David Gans's This Is All a Dream We Dreamed.
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Room To Dream

An excellent and unusual portrait of a one-of-a-kind artist. Essential for Lynch's fans but just as valuable to anyone interested in filmmaking, contemporary art, or the creative process in general.[For more on Lynch's eclectic background, see the recent documentary The Art Life (LJ Fast Scans, 11/15/17)—Ed.] [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]
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Flunk. Start. Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

An early candidate for memoir of the year, this is a thrilling story of one woman's search for truth and her place in the world. (Memoir, 1/12/18)
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The Wine Lover's Daughter

A fascinating book with something to interest anyone; a pure reading pleasure. [See "Reconciling Histories, Unraveling Mysteries," ow.ly/IGNv30fklIH].
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The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered

This marvelous memoir will appeal to anyone who loves good stories and interesting lives. (Memoir, 3/15/17; ow.ly/tdvI30a5BVh)
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The Mighty Franks

More than a memoir, this account offers a study of human pathology and should be read widely for its insights into families and the processes of growing up. [Memoir, 3/15/17; ow.ly/tdvI30a5BVh]
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Cornell' 77: The Music, the Myth, and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall

While essential reading for Deadheads, this title will be of little interest to the unconverted.

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