Coming June 5 from
Atlantic Monthly Press
The Comeback chronicles the life of one of America’s greatest athletes, from his roots in the windswept hills of Nevada's Washoe Valley to the heights of his global fame at the Tour de France. With a swift narrative drive and a fierce attention to detail, Daniel de Visé reveals the dramatic, ultra-competitive inner world of a sport rarely glimpsed up close, and builds a compelling case for LeMond as its great American hero.
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Andy and Don went on sale yesterday, Nov. 3, exactly 55 years and one month after the debut of The Andy Griffith Show on CBS. The response so far has been great. Here's a recap of the week to date:
On Monday, I traveled up to New York to tape a segment for Inside Edition, the decorated entertainment news-magazine, for broadcast this week or next. I met a great team in a fun newsroom with a terrific view of the Hudson River.
Returning home Tuesday, I caught up on some enthusiastic press coinciding with Publication Day for both the book and the audiobook:
• Parade Magazine listed Andy and Don in its weekly column, What to Watch, Rent or Buy. (Excerpt: "Daniel de Visé, Don Knotts’ brother-in-law, gasses up the car for a biographical road trip back to Mayberry...")
• The popular website SitcomsOnline ("All sitcoms, all the time.") weighed with another very favorable review, concluding thus: "This isn't one of those books that just repackages information readily available online and adds more to it as filler, it is a well-written and heavily sourced book with details that may be new or even surprising to some fans."
• Good Grit Magazine, chronicler of Southern culture, presented its own very flattering review.
• And Mark Washburn, a real Andy Griffith scholar from the Charlotte Observer, stepped up with that paper's second feature about the book, provocatively headlined "Secret strife behind the scenes in Mayberry."
Earlier today, I chatted with Kansas City broadcaster Steve Kraske on his popular KCUR-89.3-FM daytime show, Up to Date. Steve knows the show well, and Kansas City is full of Andy & Don fans; Don returned there many times for theatrical performances. Listen to the full interview here.
In Orlando, veteran critic Gary Roen broadcast an on-air review of Andy and Don on radio station WBZW 1520-AM. Excerpt: "Fans of both actors will not want to miss this one."
Finally: In honor of publication day, I want to send someone a free book! Post a comment listing your five favorite episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. The winner is whoever comes closest to my own list!