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Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

Author Charles R. Cross vividly recounts the life of Jimi Hendrix, from his difficult childhood and adolescence in Seattle through his incredible rise to celebrity in London’s swinging ’60s. It is the story of an outrageous life — with tales of sex, drugs and excess — while also revealing a man who struggled to accept his role as idol and who privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

American Fool / John Cougar (Mellencamp)

Though credited to John Cougar, 1982’s “American Fool” marks the moment when John Mellencamp began to assert his true identity as an artist. This is a scrappy version of classic rock ‘n’ roll, built around storytelling lyrics and guitar-centered tunes that harkened back to Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero

Authors Tom Clavin and Danny Peary chronicle the life and career of baseball’s “natural home run king” in the first definitive biography of Roger Maris —including a brand-new chapter to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his record breaking season.

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Explore the life and career of “The Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson — seen by more people than anyone else in U.S. history — through unprecedented access to Carson’s personal and professional archives.

The Odd Couple

A comedic classic from the mind of Neil Simon. Jack Lemmon plays fussy Felix, fastidious to a fault. He proves that cleanliness is next to insanity. Walter Matthau is Oscar, who wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of a tornado.

Victor/Victoria

From director Blake Edwards. Out-of-work singer Julie Andrews conspires with Robert Preston to pose as a female impersonator in order to get work on the Paris cabaret circuit.