New Release Books by Lisa Rogak

Lisa Rogak is the author of Rachel Maddow (2021), Who Is Alex Trebek? (2020), Dogs Who Serve (2016), Stones and Bones of New England (2016) and other 60 books.

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Rachel Maddow

release date: Aug 31, 2021
Rachel Maddow
The first biography of the most popular anchor in cable news. Rachel Maddow has beaten the odds in a way that’s novel in today’s America: she uses her brain. In a world of banal and opinionated soundbites, she regularly crushes Sean Hannity’s ratings thanks to her deeply researched reports. And in our highly polarized world, Maddow amiably engages the staunchest conservatives, while never hesitating to expose their light-on-facts defenses. As a result, she's become the top anchor for MSNBC and a beloved representative for all that progressive America holds dear. The news that Maddow was the first publicly-out lesbian to anchor a prime-time TV news show seemed almost anticlimactic to her millions of viewers, who will be surprised and intrigued by little-known details of her life, as written by New York Times bestselling biographer Lisa Rogak. Growing up in a conservative California town – and viewing herself as a perennial outsider – helped spark an early interest in activism. After attending Stanford and Oxford, she opted for a minimum-wage job as a radio DJ in a tiny Massachusetts market while finishing her Ph.D. She planned to pursue a career as an activist, but 9/11 changed all that, so she returned to local radio where she could help listeners by "explaining stuff." A stint at Air America raised her national profile, which led to her groundbreaking MSNBC show where she dissects the news of the day with an approach found nowhere else on TV.

Who Is Alex Trebek?

release date: Jul 21, 2020
Who Is Alex Trebek?
After a contestant wrote “We love you, Alex!” as his Final Jeopardy! answer, fans around the world quickly chimed in to proclaim their own love and support for beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. In the wake of his devastating cancer diagnosis, the moment provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on what the show — and the man – meant to them. It was no surprise, since millions of devoted viewers have long considered Alex Trebek to be a part of their daily lives ever since he began hosting the show in 1984. Now, bestselling biographer Lisa Rogak gives readers a look at Trebek's early life, his career, and his personal life throughout the years, drawing on many sources to tell his full story for the first time. There are many surprises, like the fact that Trebek was almost 50 when he discovered that he had a half brother, as well as the revelation that for a short time he actually dreamed of becoming a priest. The native Canadian also struggled with depression after the failure of his first marriage, and for years afterward he despaired of ever having a family of his own until he met the woman who would become his soulmate. Who Is Alex Trebek? is the first biography of the much-loved game show host, and as such, celebrates the man who has created a remarkable legacy that will live on in popular culture for generations to come.

Dogs Who Serve

release date: Oct 18, 2016
Dogs Who Serve
Military Working Dogs have played a vital role in the United States armed forces throughout history. This book is a celebration of their contributions to our nation. In Dogs Who Serve, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Rogak profiles these heroic dogs and their handlers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and even the Coast Guard. She chronicles their path to service, from puppyhood to training, then through their career in the field and on to retirement and adoption. And she showcases them in vivid, full-color photographs that capture the devotion and respect that these amazing canines, their devoted handlers, and fellow soldiers share for one another. A tribute to America's Military Working Dogs, as well as others serving around the globe, Dogs Who Serve is a heartwarming collection for dog lovers everywhere.

Stones and Bones of New England

release date: May 15, 2016
Stones and Bones of New England
Whether it's for their solace and beauty or for the sense of history that seeps from the ground, cemeteries are fascinating places to visit, this guide shows where to find the most interesting and unusual ones in all of New England. Some have headstones that are fine art, others are associated with notorious events, and others are the final resting place of famous poets, soldiers, and statesmen. Included are large public facilities as well as the small family burying grounds hidden away behind crumbling stone walls and along once-cultivated farmland. A sampling of cemeteries profiled: *Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont, where lifelike sculptures of angels and Greek goddesses stand next to a stone soccer ball and Shell Oil truck gravemarker, all elaborately carved from local granite by immigrant Italian stonecutters. *Spider Gates Cemetery, in Leicester, Massachusetts, a notorious Quaker burying ground famed for its frequent ghost sightings and still in use today. *A cemetery situated on the raised median of the Interstate in Warner, New Hampshire,which was preserved in 1970 by highway planners, who constructed the roadway around it. *Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven, Vermont, final resting place of Timothy Clark Smith, whose 1893 crypt includes a window to help him escape in case he was buried alive. Driving directions are provided for each cemetery, and detailed maps show the location of the more obscure graveyards. This unique guide offers an intriguing way to learn about the history and culture of New England.

The True Tails of Baker and Taylor

release date: May 03, 2016
The True Tails of Baker and Taylor
"Not since George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life has someone so lifted the spirits of an entire community. That the 'someone' in this case is, in fact, two library cats makes this true tale of the love of literature combined with a fondness for nose licking all the more magical. This book, like a purring kitten who may also be a genie, should be welcomed into any home."—Francesco Marciuliano, New York Times bestselling author of I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats It all started with mice in the library. Assistant librarian Jan Louch and a coworker decided that what the library needed was a cat. Or, even better, two cats. Soon, they found a pair of Scottish Folds who were perfect for the job. Jan named them Baker and Taylor, and they took up residence in the library. But these cats were much more than mousers. Visitors to the library fell in love with Baker and Taylor and their antics just as Jan had. And then, after Jan let the cats be photographed for a poster, they became feline celebrities. Children from across the country wrote them letters, fans traveled from far and wide to meet them, and they became the most famous library cats in the world. In The True Tails of Baker and Taylor, Jan Louch looks back and tells the remarkable story of these two marvelous cats and the people—readers, librarians, and cat lovers of all ages—who came together around them.

Cats on the Job

release date: Oct 06, 2015
Cats on the Job
In recent years, dogs have received attention for performing tasks such as sniffing out cancer, helping hospital patients recover, and serving in our military. But cats have not been sitting idly by. Indeed, felines of all stripes are earning their keep in a surprising variety of jobs.While a number of working cats are specifically hired for their superb mouse-catching skills, others have more focused careers as hosts and bedwarmers at inns and hotels, as assistants to bike messengers, or as companions at bookstores. Some even provide therapy and comfort as diabetic alert cats and service cats for veterans and children. And in the case of those cats who are originally brought on for their mousing skills, it often doesn't take long for their job duties to expand as their talents are discovered.Each one of Cats on the Job's stories of adorable feline coworkers will be paired with heartwarming color photographs, making this the perfect book for cat lovers of all ages.

Angry Optimist

release date: Sep 09, 2014
Angry Optimist
A New York Times Bestseller Since his arrival at The Daily Show in 1999, Jon Stewart has become one of the major players in comedy as well as one of the most significant liberal voices in the media. In Angry Optimist, biographer Lisa Rogak charts his unlikely rise to stardom. She follows him from his early days growing up in New Jersey, through his years as a struggling standup comic in New York, and on to the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show. And she charts his humbling string of near-misses—passed over as a replacement for shows hosted by Conan O'Brien, Tom Snyder, and even the fictional Larry Sanders—before landing on a half-hour comedy show that at the time was still finding its footing amidst roiling internal drama. Once there, Stewart transformed The Daily Show into one of the most influential news programs on television today. Drawing on interviews with current and former colleagues, Rogak reveals how things work—and sometimes don't work—behind the scenes at The Daily Show, led by Jon Stewart, a comedian who has come to wield incredible power in American politics.

One Big Happy Family

release date: Oct 01, 2013
One Big Happy Family
"Inspiring, true tales of interspecies adoption, One Big Happy Family tells the heartwarming stories of animals who have reached out to save the lives of babies from other species and raise them as their own. Whether it's the border collie and his piglets, the cat and her ducklings, the orangutan and his lion cubs, or even the Labrador and her baby hippo, these are poignant, charming tales of animals who have felt the parental instinct and cared for little ones of every stripe. Filled with adorable photos of these baby animals and their foster moms and dads, Lisa Rogak's One Big Happy Family celebrates the intimacy and emotional connections of parenthood and the amazing miracle of interspecies adoption"--

Dan Brown: The Unauthorized Biography

release date: May 07, 2013
Dan Brown: The Unauthorized Biography
The Revealing Story of Dan Brown, the Man Who Outsold the Bible The Da Vinci Code made Dan Brown one of the most popular authors in history. Yet he's also one of the most secretive, rarely granting interviews or making public appearances. In this illuminating biography, Lisa Rogak uncovers the life of the high school English teacher and singer/songwriter who became one of the world's bestselling writers. She recounts his bumpy road to publishing success and the legal battle that he fought and won. And she sheds light on the writing process--- and Brown's fascination with puzzles and codes--- that has brought us Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. For the first time in paperback, this revised-and-updated biography offers fans a chance to learn more about the author whose novels have captivated millions of readers.

Dogs of Courage

release date: Oct 30, 2012
Dogs of Courage
A celebration of the amazing canines who perform feats of bravery every day Dogs don't just make lovable pets. They also work at an incredible number of jobs, helping humans in countless ways. From working with search-and-rescue teams to find missing persons to helping patients recover from injuries, Lisa Rogak covers the many ways in which dogs are an essential part of our world. And she tells the surprising stories of regular dogs who have gone above and beyond to help their owners—and even each other. Dogs of Courage reveals the heartwarming and awe-inspiring stories of these hard-working dogs, from the training they receive to the ways we honor their sacrifices and reward their years of service. Affirming what every dog lover knows, this book shows how deep a dog's loyalty and friendship can go.

The Dogs of War

release date: Oct 25, 2011
The Dogs of War
Reveals the amazing range of jobs that our four-legged soldiers now perform. Rogak examines the dogs' training and equipment, and sets the record straight on those rumors of titanium teeth. A must-read for animal lovers everywhere.

Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words

release date: Dec 01, 2014
Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words
With more than 300 quotations from the former First Lady of the United States, Senator of New York, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words goes way beyond politics as usual to reveal Clinton's intimate perceptions and public stands on issues that interest everyone -- from health care to hairstyles, from social security to social media. Whether they are remarks from speeches delivered at international summits or bon mots exchanged in friendly sparring matches with the press, Clinton's wit and intelligence are always apparent -- as are her passion, eloquence, humility grace and tenacity. This definitive collection will appeal not only to politically minded readers but also to those interested in her philosophies as she plots the course of her own future as the first woman to hold the office of US president.

And Nothing But the Truthiness

release date: Oct 11, 2011
And Nothing But the Truthiness
A funny and personal portrait of the comedian who became the headline-making, ground-breaking star of The Colbert Report. "My name is Stephen Colbert, but I actually play someone on television named Stephen Colbert, who looks like me and talks like me, but who says things with a straight face [that] he doesn't mean."—Stephen Colbert No other comedian can generate headlines today the way Stephen Colbert can. With his appearance at a Congressional hearing, his rally in Washington, D.C., his bestselling book, his creation of the now-accepted word truthiness, and of course his popular TV show, nearly everyone (except the poor Congressional fools who agree to be interviewed on his show) has heard of him. Yet all these things are part of a character also named Stephen Colbert. Who is he really? In And Nothing But the Truthiness, biographer Lisa Rogak examines the man behind the character. She reveals the roots of his humor, growing up as the youngest of eleven siblings, and the tragedy that forever altered the family. She charts his early years earning his chops first as a serious acting student and later as a budding impov comic, especially his close connection with Amy Sedaris, which led to the cult TV show Strangers with Candy. And Rogak offers a look inside how The Daily Show works, and the exclusive bond that Colbert and Jon Stewart formed that would lead to Colbert's own rise to celebrity. A behind-the-scenes look into the world of one of the biggest comedians in America, And Nothing But the Truthiness is a terrific read for any resident of Colbert Nation.

Haunted Heart

release date: Jan 05, 2010
Haunted Heart
A fascinating look at the life of the author who created such modern classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining. One of the most prolific and popular authors in the world today, Stephen King has become part of pop culture history. But who is the man behind those tales of horror, grief, and the supernatural? Where do these ideas come from? And what drives him to keep writing at a breakneck pace after a thirty year career? In this unauthorized biography, Lisa Rogak reveals the troubled background and lifelong fears that inspire one of the twentieth century's most influential authors. King's origins were inauspicious at best. His impoverished childhood in rural Maine and early marriage hardly spelled out the likelihood of a blossoming literary career. But his unflagging work ethic and a ceaseless flow of ideas put him on the path to success. It came in a flash, and the side effects of sudden stardom and seemingly unlimited wealth soon threatened to destroy his work and, worse, his life. But he survived and has since continued to write at a level of originality few authors could ever hope to match. Despite his dark and disturbing work, Stephen King has become revered by critics and his countless fans as an all-American voice more akin to Mark Twain than H. P. Lovecraft. Haunted Heart chronicles his story, revealing the character of a man who has created some of the most memorable---and frightening---stories found in literature today. Stephen King on Stephen King: "I'm afraid of everything." "As a kid, I worried about my sanity a lot." "I am always interested in this idea that a lot of fiction writers write for their fathers because their fathers are gone." "Writing is an addiction for me." "I married her for her body, though she said I married her for her typewriter." "When you get into this business, they don't tell you you'll get cat bones in the mail." "You have to be a little nuts to be a writer." "There's always the urge to see somebody dead that isn't you."

Michelle Obama in Her Own Words

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Michelle Obama in Her Own Words
This compendium of funny, fascinating, inspiring (and occasionally controversial) quotes from our future First Lady covers topics such as: ; Abortion ; Affirmative Action ; Balancing career and family ; Barack's safety ; Being compared to Jackie Onassis; Her childhood ; Her critics ; Her fashion sense ; Hillary Clinton ; Iraq ; Racism ; Rev. Jeremiah Wright ; Sarah Palin ; Terrorism ; The ''elitist'' tag ; The Presidential campaign ; The role of the First Lady ; Women who have influenced her

A Boy Named Shel

release date: Nov 13, 2007
A Boy Named Shel
Few authors are as beloved as Shel Silverstein. His inimitable drawings and comic poems have become the bedtime staples of millions of children and their parents, but few readers know much about the man behind that wild-eyed, bearded face peering out from the backs of dust jackets. In A Boy Named Shel, Lisa Rogak tells the full story of a life as antic and adventurous as any of his creations. A man with an incurable case of wanderlust, Shel kept homes on both coasts and many places in between---and enjoyed regular stays in the Playboy Mansion. Everywhere he went he charmed neighbors, made countless friends, and romanced almost as many women with his unstoppable energy and never-ending wit. His boundless creativity brought him fame and fortune---neither of which changed his down-to-earth way of life---and his children's books sold millions of copies. But he was much more than "just" a children's writer. He collaborated with anyone who crossed his path, and found success in a wider range of genres than most artists could ever hope to master. He penned hit songs like "A Boy Named Sue" and "The Unicorn." He drew cartoons for Stars & Stripes and got his big break with Playboy. He wrote experimental plays and collaborated on scripts with David Mamet. With a seemingly unending stream of fresh ideas, he worked compulsively and enthusiastically on a wide array of projects up until his death, in 1999. Drawing on wide-ranging interviews and in-depth research, Rogak gives fans a warm, enlightening portrait of an artist whose imaginative spirit created the poems, songs, and drawings that have touched the lives of so many children---and adults.

The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code

release date: Jan 01, 2005
The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code
Traces the life and career of the popular author, from his childhood through his early years of struggle as a writer, and describes the research and writing process behind "The Da Vinci Code."

The Impatient Optimist:

release date: Sep 01, 2012
The Impatient Optimist:
Ruthless billionaire or benevolent philanthropist? Whatever your take on him, Bill Gates is a force to be reckoned with in the world of business and in the realm of international philanthropy. Drawing on more than three decades of quotes and media coverage—print, electronic and online—this book offers real insight into the man behind the millions. Hailed by most as an ingenious visionary, considered by some to be an unscrupulous monopolist, Bill Gates has had an indelible impact on the growth of digital technology. As founder and former CEO of Microsoft he helped spearhead one of the greatest revolutions in modern history, seizing on the importance of software in the rise of personal computing and becoming in 1987—at the tender age thirty-one—the youngest ever self-made billionaire. But Bill Gates’ second act has been no less compelling than his first. After leaving Microsoft’s day-to-day operations in 2008 to devote himself full-time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kinder, gentler Gates began to emerge, one deeply concerned with Third World health issues and educational reform. Essential reading for anyone seeking wisdom from the world’s entrepreneur extraordinaire.

Escape to a Small Town!

release date: Mar 01, 1999
Escape to a Small Town!
At the beginning of the 21st century, many people are taking stock of their lives. For those who live in a congested city or suburb, moving to a small town is high on their list of priorities. This book explains how to select a town, and then how to become accepted, how to find a job or start a business, and how to help children adjust to a new lifestyle.

Pretzel Logic

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Pretzel Logic
A novel about a women's group which meets once a week for mutual support. The heroine is Emily who thinks her husband may be a homosexual. To attend the meeting she has to drive two hours there, two hours back, all the time hoping things will work out.

Smart Guide to Starting a Small Business

release date: Mar 08, 1999
Smart Guide to Starting a Small Business
Offers advice on such topics as targeting customers, choosing a location, pricing for profit, and planning for growth
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