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Just for a Thrill
Lil Hardin Armstrong, First Lady of Jazz James L. Dickerson | Non-fiction | Biography

Along with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, Lillian “Lil” Hardin (1898-1971) was arguably the third most crucial figure in the creation of popular jazz, but today her important contributions are largely unknown today because of past and present hostility of male jazz critics. Today’s “MeToo” generation should embrace Lil Armstrong for the pioneer that she was. No other genre of American music has been quite so inhospitable to women as jazz, which makes it perfect timing for the reprint edition of this important book. Publishers hope to soon see this book in development for a motion picture.

I'm So Sorry!
The Devil Made Me Do It
James L. Dickerson | Non-Fiction | Humor and Entertainment

More than 100 celebrity apologies and the stories behind them. From the time Marv Albert apologized for his various bizarre sexcapades to the time Garth Brooks apologized for wearing out a pair of jeans by crawling on his knees behind a woman, to the time George Michael admitted to letting it all hang out, I'm So Sorry tells the tales of the hottest, steamiest, and sexiest of the world's most titillating scandals, and ushers in the Age of the Public Apology. Confessions of wrongdoing and apologies from Kristen Stewart, David Letterman, Ariana Grande, Hugh Grant, David Duchovny, to name a few. Also included are apologies for serious transgressions such as the one from the Japanese for the attack on Pearl Harbor and the one from the Southern Baptist Convention for the abomination of slavery.

Caviar and Dirt
The Incredible Journey of
Michael Levine

From Underdog To Hollywood Power Broker
James L. Dickerson | non-fiction | biography

Michael Levine is one of the most successful celebrity public relations experts in the country. In this authorized biography, he discloses the disability that he has kept secret for three decades—and he explains how he used that disability to go from underdog to a successful Hollywood power broker. He also discusses famous clients who had to overcome obstacles to find success. He has represented 58 Academy Award winners, 34 Grammy Award winners, and 42 New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author of several books on public relations, including Guerrilla P.R. His client list has included Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, George Carlin, Mickey Rooney,  Charlton Heston, and broadcaster and author Bill O'Reilly.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

A History of Mississippi Newspapers

James L. Dickerson | Non-fiction / History


Mississippi has a history of journalism that is second to none. Politically, newspapers in the state have run the gambit from liberal to arch-conservative, with editors displaying varying levels of leadership and news gathering abilities. Some newspapers, such as the Delta Democrat-Times, made news by going against social custom on racial issues; others resisted social change of any kind. The author is one of few journalists to work on the staffs of the Delta-Democrat-Times, the Greenwood Commonweatlh, the Clarion-Ledger/Jackson Daily News—and The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, which had an enormous influence on the northern third of the state and, in earlier years, was considered by Mississippians to be a state newspaper.

Chips Moman
The Record Producer Who Changed America
James L. Dickerson | Biography | Music history

Chips Moman, who passed away in 2016, was one of the most celebrated music producers in American history. He began his career in Memphis but later worked in Nashville. Among the artists he worked with in the studio were Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Petula Clark, Wilson Pickett, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, the Gentrys, Ringo Starr, and Paul Revere and the Raiders, to name a few. Moman’s vision helped change the musical and social landscape of America. The author knew Moman quite well and conducted dozens of hours of interviews with him.