Memoir (Molly Wizenberg), Sports (Mariano Rivera), & Dad Talk (Bill & Willie Geist) | Nonfiction Previews, May 2014, Pt. 4

Bishop, Bryan. Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried To Kill Me. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. May 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781250039842. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466835337. MEMOIR
The ever-popular sidekick on the top-rated Adam Carolla Show, Bishop was flying high (and newly engaged) when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor. Soon he was following a tight schedule of radiation and chemotherapy, as reported in a memoir said to be hilarious—obviously darkly so. I mean, how many people take chemo in a strip club? Immense publicity, including with various cancer organizations.

Geist, Bill & Willie Geist. Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees…and Other Conversations We Forgot To Have. Grand Central. May 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781455547227. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781455547203. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455552047. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. HUMOR/FAMILY
They’re both TV hosts—Willie Geist on the Today show and Morning Joe and Bill Geist on CBS Sunday Morning—and best-selling authors to boot. But they’ve never done a book together. Now that Bill has revealed his struggle with Parkinson’s disease, son and father have decided to collaborate on a book that will give their children and grandchildren (not to mention us) a portrait of their close relationship. Funny and easily promotable.

Lazenby, Roland. Michael Jordan: The Life. Little, Brown. May 2014. 688p. ISBN 9780316194778. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316228763. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316228787. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. SPORTS
Veteran sports journalist Lazenby drew on his personal relationships with Michael Jordan’s coaches, plus interviews with Jordan’s friends, family, teammates, and Jordan himself, to present a portrait that details the moves of one of our greatest basketball players while considering his darker side as a gambler and one mean competitor. With an author tour to Charlotte, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Wilmington, and Chicago.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The Hall: A Celebration of Baseball’s Greats: In Stories and Images, the Complete Roster of Inductees. Little, Brown. May 2014. 640p. ISBN 9780316213028. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780316213035. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316322829. BASEBALL
The National Baseball Hall of Fame turns 75 in 2014, and what better way to celebrate than with a complete registry of all the inductees with plaques, photographs, and extended biographies? It’s never been done before. With a foreword by Tom Brokaw.

Rivera, Mariano. The Closer. Little, Brown. May 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780316400732. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316400756. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316365673. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. SPORTS
Rivera is counted among the top Yankees of all time, along with Ruth, Mantle, Gehrig, and DiMaggio, but he’s also seriously committed to family and charity. Here he talks not only about his career but his Christian beliefs and his struggles as a Latino baseball player in America. Look for a simultaneous Spanish-language edition and a 250,000-copy first printing.

Vecsey, George. Eight World Cups. Times: Holt. May 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780805098488. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780805098495. SPORTS
Getting ready for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil? Then check out this sports history from best-selling author Vecsey, who wrote the “Sports of the Times” column at the New York Times for nearly 20 years. Vecsey covers the last eight world cups, on and off the field, detailing the leagues, clubs, fans, star players, and endless rivalries, while refusing to shy away from evidence of corruption and other dark doings.

Webb, James. I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir. S. & S. May 2014. 400p. ISBN 9781476741123. $NA. MEMOIR
By all accounts, Webb, the former U.S. senator from Virginia and former secretary of the navy, has led a rich and varied life, and the publisher has big plans for this book.

Wizenberg, Molly. Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage. S. & S. May 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781451655094. $25. MEMOIR
Read Wizenberg’s blog Orangette regularly? (It’s been called the best food blog in the world by the London Times.) A fan of her first book, A Homemade Life? (It was a New York Times best seller.) Then you’ll want to read her account of opening a pizza restaurant with her husband, who never had followed through before on his wild schemes. But this one stuck, the restaurant was a hit, and Wizenberg found that she wasn’t particularly happy. Fans are lining up; with a six-city tour to New York, Oklahoma City, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC, and a reading group guide.

Williams, Richard & Bart Davis. Black and White: The Way I See It. Atria. May 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781476704203. $25. SPORTS
Williams was born poor in Shreveport, LA, in the 1940s and raised by a caring mother who taught him courage and commitment. He grew up to be a self-made businessman with the conviction that he could raise his two daughters to be world-class tennis champions. Venus and Serena proved him right. Aiming to dispel a few rumors here about father-daughter troubles.


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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.