Scintillating ­Summer Page Turners

The untold story of a legendary athlete, an examination of a great TV drama, a historic and outstanding television series, tips for turning a hobby into a career, and a hypothesis about the future of Hollywood

Tiger Woods

Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian
Simon & Schuster
512 pages

PLOT Tiger Woods had been the picture perfect athlete, crafting a radiant persona that showcased an ideal family, outstanding career, and a seemingly flawless character, all while managing to be at the top of the golf world. However, things weren’t what they seemed, and a Thanksgiving car crash gave light to his underlying darkness. In this intriguing new biography, the story of a legendary athlete unfolds.

MEAT Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian delve deep into the recesses of Woods’ life, exploring behind the headlines, conducting a plethora of interviews, and undergoing extensive research, to finally be able to answer the question: Who is the real Tiger Woods?

TWIST The authors uncover the true human trapped within the most famous athlete of all time with revelations that were shaped from his upbringing and family, allowing for a glimpse at the man behind the myth.

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire

Jonathan Abrams
Crown Archetype
335 pages

PLOT The Wire has become a behemoth in its daunting thematic exploration and critical analysis, finding its way into university discussions, political agenda references, and activism discourse. Now Jonathan Abrams is offering a new insight into the world of one of the greatest works of the 20th century by going behind the camera.

MEAT An astonishing and compelling behind-the-scenes look into HBO’s crime drama The Wire, featuring accounts and unrestricted access to the actors and creative writers involved in the inception, the following six years of production, and the conclusion of the acclaimed show.

TWIST All the Pieces Matter reminds you why The Wire is still relevant in today’s unstable political and societal climate. It ventures into a serious contextualization of the masterful show and acts as a companion piece, rather than a play-by-play.

Ready, Fire, Aim: How I Turned a Hobby into an Empire

Melissa Carbone
BenBella Books
181 pages

PLOT Melissa Carbone, founder of Ten Thirty One Productions and securer of the largest sum of investment to ever be given on Shark Tank, has gone through the trial and error of entrepreneurship. Now she wants others to be able to build an empire out of their own passionate hobbies, like she successfully has.

MEAT The renowned horror enthusiast gives a detailed account of all the shots that she has taken, especially highlighting the ones that haven’t worked out and facing failure right in the face. Her journey into success started from the ground but with her determination and perseverance she has cornered a terrifying market.

TWIST Carbone shares her tips, anecdotes, and secrets, hoping to help and provoke anyone with a dream to disrupt the industry and turn it into reality. She outlines finding inspiration by choosing boldly, activating your ideas, and killing your fears of failure.

The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies

Ben Fritz
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
309 Pages

PLOT Hollywood is going through a cataclysmic moment rivaling that of the end of the silent film dynasty. Stars and directors are seeing power shifts, while writers and producers are gaining momentum through TV, comic books, and the toy business. Ben Fritz records this shake-up with mastery because of his fluency in both the financial and entertainment realms of Hollywood.

MEAT Fritz holds nothing back as he drives straight into dozens of interviews with key players of Hollywood, Disney, Marvel, Netflix, Amazon, Imax, and others to discover what it took to reinvent the business, delving deep into the evolution of Marvel and the renovation of Disney.

TWIST Hollywood’s “reinvention of the wheel” happens to be for the better as this shift brings on a new dawn for film. Fritz is able to capture this new Golden Age through the creative mavericks who are moving it and illuminating a new era of what movies should look like.