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Holly George-Warren, author of Janis: Her Life and Music

Janis Joplin has passed into legend as a brash, impassioned soul doomed by the pain that produced one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But in these pages, Holly George-Warren provides a revelatory portrait of a woman who wasn’t all about suffering. Janis was a perfectionist: a passionate, erudite musician who was born with talent but also worked exceptionally hard to develop it. She was a woman who pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality long before it was socially acceptable. She was a sensitive seeker who wanted to marry and settle down --- but couldn’t, or wouldn’t. She was a Texan who yearned to flee Texas but could never quite get away --- even after becoming a countercultural icon in San Francisco.

Week of October 12, 2020

Paperback releases for the week of October 12th include A MRS. MIRACLE CHRISTMAS, an uplifting holiday tale from Debbie Macomber, whose beloved protagonist, Mrs. Miracle, shows an ordinary family that they are blessed beyond belief; HOME WORK, a follow-up to Julie Andrews' critically acclaimed memoir, HOME, in which she reflects on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Victor/Victoria; THE SIBERIAN DILEMMA, a continuation of Martin Cruz Smith's series featuring Arkady Renko, who travels deep into Siberia to find missing journalist Tatiana Petrovna; NO STOPPING US NOW, a lively social history of American women and aging from acclaimed New York Times columnist Gail Collins, who illustrates the ways in which age is an arbitrary concept that has swung back and forth over the centuries; and JANIS, Holly George-Warren's intimate biography of Janis Joplin that establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was.