In His Words
Fiction, biography and even some hip-hop history from men with something to say
- Edited byDarren Elms
KEEP CURIOUS AND CARRY A BANANA: WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE WORLD OF CURIOUS GEORGE
by H.A. Ray
Perfect for both young and young at heart. For more than 75 years, the world of Curious George has delighted readers with its playful charm and deceptively simple wisdom. Each inspiration is humorously accompanied by an illustration from the original works of H. A. Rey’s books.
GAME 7, 1986: FAILURE AND TRIUMPH IN THE BIGGEST GAME OF MY LIFE
by Ron Darling and Daniel Paisner
Every little kid who’s ever taken the mound in Little League dreams of someday getting the ball for Game 7 of the World Series. Ron Darling got to live that dream—only it didn’t go exactly as planned. Published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets championship season, Darling’s book will break down one of baseball’s great “forgotten” games—a game that stands as a thrilling, telling and tantalizing exclamation point to one of the best-remembered seasons in baseball.
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR
by Paul Kalanithi
At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. The book chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” … into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
THE REASON I JUMP: THE INNER VOICE OF A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH AUTISM
by Naoki Higashida
From the introduction by David Mitchell: “The thirteen-year-old author of this book invites you, his reader, to imagine a daily life in which your faculty of speech is taken away. Now imagine that after you lose your ability to communicate, the editor-in-residence who orders your thoughts walks out without notice. A dam-burst of ideas, memories, impulses and thoughts is cascading over you, unstoppably. Your editor controlled this flow, diverting the vast majority away, and recommending just a tiny number for your conscious consideration. But now you’re on your own.”
LEAVES OF GRASS
by Walt Whitman
In 1855 Walt Whitman published—at his own expense—the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a visionary volume of 12 poems. Exalting nature, celebrating the human body and praising the senses and sexual love, the monumental work was condemned as “immoral.” This edition presents the original 12 poems from Whitman’s premier 1855. Included are some of the greatest poems of modern times, works that continue to upset conventional notions of beauty and originality even today.
Original Cast Recording
Grammy-winning cast album Hamilton, which transferred to Broadway following a sold-out run at The Public Theater, is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. Hamilton has book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer Lin Manuel Miranda, who also plays the title role.