In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. Read more...
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In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began.
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.
He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang" seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.
Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.
Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road," "Badlands," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," "The River," "Born in the U.S.A.," "The Rising," and "The Ghost of Tom Joad," to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.
Audio: A puff of white smoke
Robert Harris, who has written many brilliant, thoughtful thrillers, has outdone himself with his latest. Conclave, perfectly narrated by Roy McMillan, takes us into the Sistine Chapel (which becomes the ultimate smokeless smoke-filled room) and the secret intrigues of a papal conclave. Harris’ fictional pope has just died, and 117 cardinals from around the globe plus one unknown newcomer, the Filipino Archbishop-Cardinal of Baghdad, have arrived in Rome to select his successor. Overseeing the sequestered, politically charged, deeply divided conclave is Cardinal Lumeli, and we see these men of God, who are not always above very mortal power plays, through his intelligent eyes, trained by years of Vatican service. Tension and high suspense surround the elaborate, richly described rituals of each vote, as hidden revelations about the leading contenders surface. Harris leaves us with an ending that would knock off the papal socks.
MISSING FOR 30 YEARS
John Puller, combat veteran and U.S. Army criminal investigator extraordinaire, makes his fourth foray in No Man’s Land, David Baldacci’s latest action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller-diller. Puller is pulled back into his mother’s mysterious disappearance that occurred 30 years ago when a letter accuses his father, a renowned three-star general now diminished by dementia, of murdering her. On the other side of the country, Paul Rogers, preternaturally strong, fierce and fearless, gets out of prison after 10 years. Both Puller and Rogers are headed for the same town. Though it’s difficult, at first, to figure out the connection, their stories collide and twist in a plot filled with Baldacci bravura, derring-do, near-death experiences and people without morals or remorse. Puller’s brother, last seen in The Escape, lends a helping hand, as does elusive agent Veronica Knox. A master of this genre, Baldacci never fails—his characters are multidimensional, his narrative engaging, energetic and exciting. Narrators Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy mirror his intensity.
TOP PICK IN AUDIO
It’s no surprise to find the lyric perception of Bruce Springsteen’s songs in his autobiography. And for those of us who’ve seen him perform, it’s not surprising that he can keep us enthralled for the 20 hours of this extraordinary audio version of Born to Run. The Boss reads his own words. No one else could have; his voice has become as iconic as his lyrics. So settle in for a long listen and get to know how Springsteen thinks about his life. You’ll also get insight into how he became who he is and what fuels his epic talent and exuberant performances. With colorful detail and limitless candor, even about his bouts of depression, he begins in working-class Freehold, New Jersey, with his adoring Italian grandmother, encouraging mother and misanthropic dad, whose “power not to love” still shadows his life. But in those early days, he also found the single-minded passion for rock ’n’ roll that has made all the difference. With amazing narrative skill, Springsteen takes listeners on an unforgettable journey through his next 60 years and his awesome career.