Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

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Bruuuuuce! The long-awaited memoir from the Boss has finally arrived, with a whirlwind tour of a life in rock and roll. In Born to Run (Simon & Schuster, $32.50) Bruce Springsteen takes us from his humble beginnings in working-class Freehold, New Jersey, all the way to the pinnacle of his superstar performance at the Super Bowl—and everything in between. Springsteen is not one to shy away from any subject, including his difficult, distant, and sometimes emotionally abusive relationship with his father; failed bands and a failed first marriage, and the deaths of fellow band members and close friends. But mostly, this memoir is about the music: the feeling in his hands of the first guitar he ever bought, those early live shows at run-down, seedy bars on the beaches of Asbury Park, the cutting of each album along the way and what the writing and recording process was like, and the meaning behind many of the characters and lyrics we have grown to love. The prose reads as if you are listening to a Bruce song, sitting in the front row at one of his legendary concerts. It’s a ride you’ll hope never ends. Check out the companion CD as well, which features some top tracks and previously unreleased early recordings.

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ISBN: 9781501141515
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781501141522
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 5th, 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

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A Gentleman in Moscow, the new novel from Amor Towles, is a fresh, fun and joyful story about a usually dreary, depressing subject: life during the early decades of the Soviet Republic. Count Rostov, a young vestige of the Tsarist monarchy, is sentenced to life under house arrest by the new Bolshevik leaders. Yet the house in question is actually Moscow’s historic Metropol Hotel. From this elegant and central viewpoint, we see the arc of the Count’s life, as well as the fledgling nation outside. Through all of the colorful characters, fun antics, unexpected children, and the usual political absurdity, the Count holds onto the “gentleman” manners that define him as a light of salvation in a dark world. The novel is broad, spanning decades, and sometimes feels like a series of connected short stories, yet the Count and the Metropol are a world that is a delight to return to again and again.

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ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016