storytelling the la literary agency
Many of the books we have represented are narrative nonfiction, which is storytelling. The subjects are eclectic and it’s difficult to put them in one category. These titles, with brief backgrounds, offer a glimpse into our list.
Light My Fire, by Ray Manzarek (Putnam). With perfect recall, Ray reveals how he founded The Doors with Jim Morrison and takes us on their personal and musical trips, many of them fueled by drugs and alcohol. Reviewers called it “spellbinding,” “best rock bio of the year,” “striking personal memoir.” Ray wrote his first draft in pencil on yellow legal pads.
Beyond the Limits, by Stacy Allison with Peter Carlin (Little Brown). Stacy was the first American woman to crest Mt. Everest. After years of preparation and several failed attempts, Stacy and her two companion climbers were hours away from the top of Everest. Without warning, two of the Sherpas suddenly turned around and, without speaking, headed down the mountain. They left the remaining climbers in dangerous weather and with enough oxygen for only one person to attempt to reach the summit. This moment became our sample chapter.
Where the Money Is, by William Rehder with Gordon Dillow (W.W. Norton). CBS News described FBI Special Agent Rehder as “America’s secret weapon in the war against bank robbers.” The review from Booklist: “…unforgettable characters and unbelievable incidents more exciting than any movie or miniseries.” And the highest praise came from Publishers Weekly: “Should become a standard in the genre.”
Uppity, by Bill White with Gordon Dillow (Grand Central). Bill had three careers in baseball: Major League player, voice of the New York Yankees for 18 years, and President of the National League for five years (the first African-American to reach that level in any sport). Bill has seen the game and the business of baseball from three perspectives and in this book he holds nothing back. “Brutally frank…a truly controversial baseball memoir that will not be easily forgotten.” (PW) “A hard-hitting take-no-prisoners assessment of baseball over the past sixty years…entertains from cover to cover.” (NY Daily News)
Never Too Late, by Bobby DeLaughter (Scribners). A criminal prosecutor, DeLaughter solved the mystery of Medgar Evers’ murder thirty years after his slaying. By chance, he found the missing weapon in the closet of a judge-- his then father-in-law. The judge wasn’t hiding the gun; he didn’t know that he had the crucial lost piece of evidence in the case.
I Am Roe, by Norma McCorvey with Andy Meisler (HarperCollins). We never know where we will find a book. When our daughter was in college, she went to a lecture given by Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe of Roe v Wade). Nobody had ever asked Norma to tell her story. A small slice of history: Norma learned about the Supreme Court decision when she opened the Dallas daily newspaper lying on her doorstep and saw the front page headline.