We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford’s Ice Cream Empire


Santa Fe Writer's Project - As the last gifford heir unfolds his story with remarkable immediacy and candor, he reveals the byzantine betrayals and intrigue rooted in the company from its modest beginnings—dark influences that would ultimately destroy the legendary Gifford business and its troubled founding family. For more than 70 years, gifford's ice Cream and Candy Company was associated with nothing but pleasure for native Washingtonians and visitors to the nation's capital.

Few knew the dark truth. Behind the iconic business's happy facade lay elaborate schemes, two million dollars of missing cash, a crushing bankruptcy, and a tragic suicide.

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Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer


Simon & Schuster - Mayer, the chief of metro-goldwyn-mayer—MGM—the biggest and most successful film studio of Hollywood’s Golden Age. An immigrant from tsarist russia, Mayer began in the film business as an exhibitor but soon migrated to where the action and the power were—Hollywood. He had two daughters: Irene, who married David O.

He would eventually fall out with Edie and divorce his wife, Margaret, ending his life alienated from most of his family. At the same time, he used his influence to place a federal judge on the bench, pay off local officials, on occasion, cover up his stars’ indiscretions and, arrange marriages for gay stars.

Lion of hollywood is a three-dimensional biography of a figure often caricatured and vilified as the paragon of the studio system. Mayer rose from his impoverished childhood to become at one time the highest-paid executive in America. Lion of hollywood is the definitive biography of Louis B. His chief assistant, was his closest business partner, Irving Thalberg, but they quarreled frequently, and Thalberg’s early death left Mayer without his most trusted associate.

Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer - Despite his power and money, Mayer suffered some significant losses. Through sheer force of energy and foresight, where he became the most powerful man in Hollywood, he turned his own modest studio into MGM, bending the film business to his will. Louis, and An American in Paris. He made great films, and he made great stars: Garbo, including the fabulous MGM musicals, Gable, Garland, and dozens of others.

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The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It


Bettie Youngs Book Publishers - Now after nearly a century of silence, a man whose vision rocketed him to success along with the woman held in his orbit, this true story celebrates the life of an American entrepreneur, Evelyn Boecher—who became his lifelong fascination and muse. Captivated by her “roaring charisma, ” he affectionately called her the “real Miss Maybelline” and based many of his advertising campaigns on the woman she represented: commandingly beautiful, hard-boiled and daring.

Mabel’s simple beauty trick ignited tom Lyle’s imagination and he started what would become a billion-dollar business, one that remains a viable American icon after nearly a century. In 1915 when a kitchen stove fire singed his sister mabel’s lashes and brows, Tom Lyle Williams watched in fascination as she performed a “secret of the harem”—mixing petroleum jelly with coal dust and ash from a burnt cork and apply it to her lashes and brows.

The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It - He named it Maybelline in her honor. Throughout the 20th century, collapsed, endured, the Maybelline Company inflated, and thrived in tandem with the nation’s upheavals—as did the family that nurtured it. A fascinating and inspiring story, a tale both epic and intimate, the hustle, alive with the clash, the music, and dance of American enterprise.

Setting up shop first in chicago, williams later, to avoid unwanted scrutiny of his private life, cloistered himself behind the gates of his Rudolph Valentino Villa and ran his empire from a distance. Evelyn masterminded a life of vanity, but would fall prey to fortune hunters and a mysterious murder that even today remains unsolved.

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Not Exactly Love: A Memoir


She Writes Press - It was 1969, a woefully single french teacher on long Island, met the handsome but edgy new teacher at her school, and all the rules were changing, when Betty, a hippie just back from Woodstock. His vitality opened up a new world to her—but when they married, his rages turned against her, and often ended with physical violence.

. Like millions of women who discover they’ve married an abusive man, to keep it secret or report, and ultimately, Betty was forced to make daily decisions—to suppress her feelings or risk confrontation, to live with it or leave. Part memoir, part warm-hearted look at the ’70s, and part therapeutic journey, Not Exactly Love: A Memoir is an intense and inspirational story of a woman who grew from her experience.

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Fatal Charm: The Shocking True Story of Serial Wife Killer Randy Roth


Open Road Media - But when roth’s fourth wife, drowned in an apparent speedboating accident in Washington State’s Lake Sammamish just weeks after their first anniversary, Cynthia, a pattern of suspicious behavior finally caught up to him. Roth had been careful—and so close to getting away with it. As roth set about collecting on a hefty insurance payout, the authorities were on to his game.

But, as chronicled by seattle times reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Carlton Smith, his lies were about to come crashing down around him. But for all his charm and good looks, he was seemingly cursed with the ladies. Randy roth was handsome, kind, hardworking, and in top physical shape.  . His first marriage ended in divorce before the couple’s fifth anniversary; his second wife plunged to her death during a hike; and his third wife left him after less than five months.

Fatal Charm: The Shocking True Story of Serial Wife Killer Randy Roth - From the bestselling author of the Search for the Green River Killer: A chilling true account of the dream husband who was every woman’s nightmare.

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Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire


Grove Press - But behind the façade of his success was a dark secret: lavin was also the mastermind behind a cocaine empire that spread from Miami to Boston to New Mexico, stockbrokers, catering to lawyers, and other professionals, and generating an annual income of $60 million for the good doctor. A smoothly crafted, exciting, can’t-put-it-down book.

The new voice louisville   “Bowden has emerged as one of our best writers of muscular nonfiction. The denver Post  . From the # 1 new york times–bestselling author of Black Hawk Down: The “shocking” story of the country’s unlikeliest drug kingpin The Baltimore Sun. He was a bright, charismatic young man who rose from working-class upbringings in a Massachusetts mill town to become a dentist with an Ivy League education and a thriving practice—a beloved father with a well-respected family in one of Philadelphia’s most exclusive suburbs.

Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire - That shoots straight from the hip” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. By the early 1980s, Larry Lavin seemed to have everything going for him. An engrossing crime story and a compelling morality tale. The arizona republic   “Has all the elements of a chilling suspense thriller .  .  . Now, mark bowden, a “master of narrative journalism” The New York Times Book Review tells the harrowing saga of Lavin’s rise and fall in “a shocking American tragedy .

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Murder of Innocence: The Tragic Life and Final Rampage of Laurie Dann


Crossroad Press - In this book, and interviewed at length scores of people who knew Dann, unearthed valuable psychiatric information, three Chicago Tribune reporters who covered the Laurie Dann tragedy have pulled together all the available police evidence, many of whom had never before spoken to the media about this case.

Murder of innocence is a searing portrayal of a family—and a society—unable to cope, and of a young woman who wanted all too desperately only to be loved. What lead her to do it? could she have been stopped? The case raised a host of agonizing questions that have remained unanswered—until now. By its passivity and silence, a community comfortable and quiet on the surface, yet reluctant to admit its underlying flaws, became an unwitting accomplice to the final rampage of Laurie Dann.

Murder of Innocence: The Tragic Life and Final Rampage of Laurie Dann - Her parents, her doctors, and the police officers who knew her pathological behavior all failed her at critical times. Despite clear and ominous warning signs, a young woman of beauty and privilege was allowed to deteriorate and go slowly berserk—and no one stopped her. She murdered an eight-year-old boy and critically wounded 5 other children inside an elementary school.

Driven by fear and hate, she was going to make something terrible happen. Before the end of the day, illinois, fire, Dann had blazed a murderous trail of poison, and bullets through the unsuspecting town of Winnetka, and other North Shore suburbs. It finally took a massed force of armed police to end the killing.

The shocking story of innocence destroyed by a rich young babysitter inexplicably gone mad made headlines all across the nation and inspired at least two psychotic killers to follow her example.

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Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist's Memoir SFWP Literary Awards


Santa Fe Writer's Project - In 1960, sawyer was institutionalized, and suffered through 89 electroshock treatments before being transfered, as a suicidal teenager, misdiagnosed, labeled as “unimproved. The damage done has haunted her life. That is, when she reviewed her hospital records and began to remember a broken childhood and the even more broken mental health system of the 1950s and 1960s, Revisiting scenes from her childhood and assembling the pieces of a lost puzzle, until 2001, her autobiography is a cautionary tale of careless psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, both 50 years ago and today.

Annita sawyer’s memoir is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. Hers is a unique voice for this generation, shedding light on an often misunderstood illness. Most of all, acceptance, hope, healing, it’s a story of perseverance: pain, and success.

Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass: A Psychologist's Memoir SFWP Literary Awards - It is an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness. Discharged in 1966, raise two children, sawyer kept her past secret and moved on to graduate from Yale University, after finally receiving proper psychiatric care, and become a respected psychotherapist.

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Secret Formula: The Inside Story of How Coca-Cola Became the Best-Known Brand in the World


Open Road Media - A "highly entertaining history of global hustling, cola wars and the marketing savvy that carved a niche for Coke in the American social psyche” Publishers Weekly. Secret formula follows the colorful characters who turned a relic from the patent medicine era into a company worth $80 billion. Written with unprecedented access to coca-cola’s archives, as well as the inner circle and private papers of Woodruff, Allen’s captivating business biography stands as the definitive account of what it took to build America’s most iconic company and one of the world’s greatest business success stories.

Award-winning reporter frederick allen’s engaging account begins with Asa Candler, a nineteenth-century pharmacist in Atlanta who secured the rights to the original Coca-Cola formula and then struggled to get the cocaine out of the recipe. In 1919, an aggressive banker named Ernest Woodruff leveraged a high-risk buyout of the Candlers and installed his son at the helm of the company.

Secret Formula: The Inside Story of How Coca-Cola Became the Best-Known Brand in the World - Robert woodruff spent the next six decades guiding Coca-Cola with a single-minded determination that turned the soft drink into a part of the landscape and social fabric of America. After many tweaks, he finally succeeded in turning a backroom belly-wash into a thriving enterprise.

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Double Exposure: A Twin Autobiography


Papamoa Press - The edwardian era had its lily langtry, the Napoleonic its Josephine, the eighteenth century its Du Barry and its Lady Hamilton—and so on back to antiquity. In our time, among those women who have come close to fitting this role are Lady Furness and Gloria Vanderbilt. From childhood each had the elusive qualities that characterize the femme fatale.

While much has been written from the outside about all of this, the two principals have never before disclosed the real truth behind the rumors and the headlines. The whole world followed with bated breath the searing custody trial over young Gloria that pitted mother against daughter and shook the Vanderbilts and society.

In 1921 there burst upon the new york social scene the famous Morgan twins, Thelma and Gloria, whose names in the decade that followed came to spell glamour and excitement in that magic world of the “international set. Two continents thrilled to thelma furness’s romances with Richard Bennett, Aly Khan, Lord Furness, the Prince of Wales, and Edmund Lowe.

Double Exposure: A Twin Autobiography - In this spirit, and with all sincerity, they have set down the story of their lives. In double exposure, we are given a matchless picture of life among the great—and the near-great—in the now-vanished world between the two wars. Above all, we come to know the minds and hearts and philosophy of life and love of two fascinating women, and something of the nature of fascination itself.

And exciting as are their personal adventures and escapades, their story is also a portrait of an era.

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Closing Time: A True Story of Robbery and Double Murder


Pen-L Publishing - Unknown to him, two men—a seasoned criminal with a propensity for violence and a younger man, but broke and with an obsessive thirst for alcohol—plotted to rob the jewelry store at closing time on September 10, handsome, 1980. Although crippled with rheumatoid arthritis and unable to walk without crutches, fine quality jewelry sold at fair prices, he had built his business through excellent watch repair work, and a dedication to his customers that surpassed all other merchants.

The thugs had only met each other days before, and it was the younger one's first venture into armed robbery. When staton and his daughter Suzanne didn't show up for supper, his other two daughters became alarmed and went to the store. Get ready for some late nights because you won’t be able to put this one down.

Greg shepard, author of earthstains, the story of Matt and George Kimes who came of age in the Roaring Twenties with a string of sensational bank robberies. There they found the bodies of their father and youngest sister lying in pools of blood, hogtied, gagged, and shot twice in the head. Closing time reveals an unvarnished truth that will, at times, leave her readers breathless.

Closing Time: A True Story of Robbery and Double Murder - Kenneth staton was the well-respected owner of a jewelry store in Van Buren, Arkansas. From the best-selling author of blind rage “Blood from two bullets fired at close range into the head of the man and two bullets into the head of the pretty girl with long, light-brown hair. The staton slaughter is one of the saddest true-crime events of the 1980s, told by the best-selling author of Blind Rage.

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