Interesting People from Chen Guangcheng to Bob Dylan to Pat O’Brien | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 4

Callahan, Maureen. Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion. Touchstone. Sept. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781451640533. $26. FASHION
Style and pop culture journalist Callahan offers a history of fashion in the 1990s, when mere callahanglamor morphed into culturally significant cutting-edge artistry, touching on dozens of personalities but using model Kate Moss and designers Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen as the keystones of her story. Insider dishing, too.

Chen Guangcheng. Untitled Memoir. Holt. Sept. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780805098051. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780805098068. MEMOIR
Blind, self-taught, and China’s most prominent political activist, Chen slipped away from house arrest in April 2012 and finally surfaced at the American embassy in Beijing, which led to the tense negotiations that finally brought him to this country. His life story gives special insight into contemporary China.

E., Sheila & Wendy Holden. The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir. Atria. Sept. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781476714943. $26. MEMOIR
Daughter of famed percussionist Pete Escovedo, Emmy and Grammy Award nominee Sheila E. first grabbed a pair of drumsticks at age three, began collaborating with Prince at age 21, and has toured with the likes of Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, and Ringo Starr. A story of personal and professional triumph with Seventies and Eighties pop and Latin music as backdrop.

Halbreich, Betty with Rebecca Paley. I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Fashion, Straight, No Chaser. Penguin Pr. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781594205705. $27.95. MEMOIR
Since the 86-year-old Halbreich has spent nearly 40 years at New York’s sparkling Bergdorf Goodman helping the rich, the famous, and the everyday woman find clothes that express themselves, you can bet this will be an eye-opening memoir.

Junor, Penny. Harry: Prince, Soldier, Son. Grand Central. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781455549832. $28. BIOGRAPHY
English journalist Junor, who has already written about Diana, Charles, and William, among other juicy subjects, offers a biography of Harry, fourth in line to the British throne and evidently heading toward 30 with his life more under control after some well-publicized youthful indiscretions.

Maymudes, Jake. Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781250055309. $26.99. BIOGRAPHYmaymudes
Bob Dylan’s tour manager and close friend for four decades, beginning with Dylan’s rise to fame in 1960s Greenwich Village, Victor Maymudes had planned to write a book about his experiences, recording over 24 hours’ worth of taped memories before dying suddenly from a brain aneurysm in 2001. Now his son, a director and visual effects supervisor, has completed the project.

Nolte, Nick. Rich Man, Poor Man: A Memoir. Morrow. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780062219572. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062219596. MEMOIR
Nolte, a method actor who preps obsessively for his roles, has been nominated for three Academy Awards. He’s also been through drug and alcohol abuse that led to ignominious arrest. Here’s an account of his struggles with creativity and the bitch goddess of fame; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

O’Brien, Pat. I’ll Be Back Right After This: My Memoir. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2014. ISBN 9780312564377. $26.99. MEMOIR
Sports and entertainment reporter O’Brien, currently radio host with Fox sports radio, knows just about everybody, has seen just about everything the entertainment and media worlds have to offer, and has recovered from a particularly devastating bout with substance abuse. His memoir is reportedly both hilarious and gasp-inducing, so be prepared. Late August publication; just dropped into the schedule.


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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.