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Always Young and Restless: My Life On and Off America’s #1 Daytime Drama

For those interested in show business memoirs, both Young and the Restless fans and those unfamiliar with the series.
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Levon: From Down in the Delta to the Birth of The Band and Beyond

This meticulously researched book offers music fans a thorough introduction and adds to current material, including Helm’s autobiography This Wheel’s on Fire, Barney Hoskyns’s Across the Great Divide, and the film Ain’t in It for My Health.
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State of Play: The Old School Guide to New School Baseball

A well-written account by one of baseball’s most influential players. Fans of America’s pastime and die-hard sabermetrics devotees will savor this informed perspective.
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140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan’s Last Chance to Avert Armageddon

This look at the negotiations surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is appropriate for any beginning World War II scholar.
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Raising Hell: Backstage Tales from the Lives of Metal Legends

Metal devotees will devour, casual fans will enjoy browsing, but all music lovers will have a blast.
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The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius

Compared with William Cook’s King of the Bootleggers, this is a more comprehensive look at Remus’s life, though Cook’s work more closely examines its subject’s political connections and has deeper coverage of his courtroom performances. Recommended primarily for readers already interested in nonfiction accounts of organized crime or Prohibition.
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Sheeran: A Biography

This bland biography fails to capture Sheeran’s personality or the essence of his artistry. It will suffice as an introduction to Sheeran for casual fans, but there is nothing here that the singer’s ardent admirers haven’t already heard.
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The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete

This work adds intriguing depth to Roosevelt histories. Highly recommended for cultural, presidential, and sport histories.

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The Life of Lou Reed: Notes from the Velvet Underground

Reed devotees might appreciate this account, but newcomers would be better served by Anthony DeCurtis’s Lou Reed: A Life.

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