When President Clinton bestowed the National Medal of Arts on Norman Lear, he noted that “Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.” Lear has the distinction of being among the first seven television pioneers inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
Kim Gordon started out as a visual artist, rose to prominence as the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist of alternative rock band Sonic Youth. In her memoir, Girl in a Band, she tells her story — of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll.
Gretchen Rubin is a thought-provoking and influential writer on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Happier at Home and The Happiness Project. In her upcoming book, Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin tackles the critical question: How do we change? Her answer: through habits.
The Harder They Come is a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. T.C. Boyle’s stories have won accolades for their irony and black humor, for their verbal pyrotechnics, for their fascination with everything bizarre and queasy, and for the razor-sharp way in which they dissect America’s obsession with image and materialism.
Greg Iles’ upcoming The Bone Tree is the second in his southern gothic trilogy featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage. Natchez Burning, the first volume debuted at #2 on The New York Times bestseller list. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and The Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries.
2015 marks 100 years since the Armenian Genocide. Eric Bogosian — actor, playwright, and novelist of Armenian descent — crafts a masterful account of the conspiracy of assassins that hunted down and killed the perpetrators of the massacre.
Also known as BEK, Bruce Eric Kaplan’s single-panel cartoons frequently appear in The New Yorker. Kaplan is also a screenwriter and producer, and has worked on Seinfeld and HBO’s Six Feet Under and Girls. In his memoir, I Was a Child, he examines his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small moments we all similarly carry into adulthood.
Actress and activist Maria Bello made waves with her essay, Coming Out as a Modern Family, in the New York Times popular “Modern Love” column, in which she recalled telling her son that she had fallen in love with her best friend, a woman—and her relief at his easy and immediate acceptance with the phrase “Whatever Mom, love is love.”
Jillian Lauren, a regular storyteller with The Moth, is the bestselling author of the memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, and the novel, Pretty. She is not your typical mom. In Everything You Ever Wanted, she recounts her journey of starting a family after a radically untraditional beginning.
Jack Welch is the former chairman and chief executive officer of GE. During his tenure, GE became the world’s most valuable corporation and was consistently voted the most admired company in the world by Fortune magazine. Jack and Suzy Welch draw on their experiences to address the biggest problems facing modern management—and offer pragmatic solutions to overcome them.
“Matthieu Ricard provides convincing evidence based on both careful research and personal experience that altruism is an integral part of our nature, and that a more altruistic society is not only possible, but essential if we care about the future.” — Jane Goodall