- This Is Your World: The Story of Bob Ross
It’s not the most eventful life story, but there is comfort in seeing a gentle soul (he rescued injured animals and “didn’t like to yell”) gradually find his voice and his calling through art and community.
- Street Player: My Chicago Story
He also covers his tumultuous childhood in a street gang and a tenuous connection to the Chicago Mafia, often naming names, and it's obvious that the wounds inflicted by his former band mates have yet to completely heal.
- Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story
But for all his exhaustive research and evocative scene-setting, Maraniss never seems to find the zeitgeist of the historical moment he covers, the essential spirit that lifted up but ultimately ruined the Motor City.
- Gimp: The Story Behind the Star of Murderball
Refusing to gloss his story, he speaks frankly and humorously about subjects like "quad sex."
- Genesis: The Story of How Everything Began
Tonelli covers the formation of atoms, the onset of light, and the distribution of stars in the Milky Way.
- A Treasury of African-American Christmas Stories
The design and format--12 line drawings; padded case cover; printed end papers; ribbon marker--signals the publisher's confidence that the book will find an appreciative audience. 50,000 first printing.
- News from the World: Stories & Essays
While the story "The Broad Estates of Death," published in Harper's in 2004, will be wonderfully familiar to many readers, her essays often seem even more original and telling.
- Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons
Where fact and narrative blend in balance, however, the stories are riveting.
- The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
These 30 SF tales, arranged chronologically from 1903 to 1990, cover a typically wide and uneven range in the genre.
- Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl
Numerous side panels place aspects of the tragedy in context, e.g., in recounting the slaughter of buffalo, a sidebar shows a drawing of a buffalo hunter on the cover of Harper's Weekly (“Hunters were social outcasts.
- Corrections to My Memoirs: Collected Stories
The Corrections this certainly isn't, and many pieces aren't really stories, either.
- WOMEN OF ILLUSION: A Circus Family's Story
Still, it's worth the cover price to learn such intriguing facts as what Betty's "tummy money" was (the half dollar emergency fund she stashed in her navel).
- THE ANCHOR BOOK OF MODERN AFRICAN STORIES
(Dec.)Forecast:Another excellent anthology (Under African Skies, edited by Charles Larson; Noonday, 1998) covers similar ground.
- WHITE SWAN, BLACK SWAN: Stories
(June 26)Forecast:Balletomanes will be attracted by this book's evocative cover.
- THE VANISHING POINT: A Story of Lavinia Fontana
An afterword reveals that the real Lavinia wed Paolo and 30 of her paintings still exist, including a self-portrait reproduced on the back cover.