Friday, July 18, 2008

In Good Company

From the Publishers Weekly article on Fall Hardcovers, Part One:

"Maybe it’s fall signaling the end of another year, or the prospect of yet another difficult year—politically, economically—looming ahead. In any case, nostalgia seems to be key among the season’s forthcoming titles, with publishers focusing on a number of iconic people, items and events. Biographies recall such memorable figures as R.F.K, John Lennon and Ronald Reagan, while other titles celebrate pop culture institutions Dilbert, Sesame Street and Macy’s. Musicians can read about Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead. The Titanic still fascinates after nearly a century, and movie stars—from Douglas Fairbanks to Tony Curtis to Lana Turner—still stir the public’s imagination. Finally, what can be bad about a season that includes social histories of the doughnut and the potato chip? Taste matters."

You'll find this notice under "Biography and Memoir" about three-quarters down the page.

Seven Wheelchairs: A Life Beyond Polio (Sept., $24.95) by Gary Presley. The author, who at 17 contracted the disease after taking the Salk injections, recalls 50 years of rediscovering his independence.

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