Two new entries this week. WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by DK is an official publication aimed at children. There’s also now a September release date for Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story by Bertrand Hebert and Pat Laprade:
The true story of one of pro wrestling’s most charismatic, feared, and beloved icons
Who was Maurice the man, and who was Mad Dog the character? Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon was a gold medalist, a pro-wrestling legend, and a pop culture icon ― but he was also a son, husband, and father. Mad Dog explores Vachon’s career and personal struggles with painstaking, detailed historical research and through both Maurice’s own recollections and those of the people who knew him best.
As a young man, Maurice could have chosen a dark, criminal path, but then wrestling and family changed him. Chronicling his slow but steady rise to prominence across America and internationally in some of pro wrestling’s most important territories, this in-depth biography shows how Vachon’s life came to be defined by the words of Mark Twain: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Fiercely proud, motivated, and supremely talented, Vachon’s story is also the amazing tale of how a lifelong make believe heel became a real life hero outside of the ring.
With a foreword by his brother, Paul Vachon, and an afterword by his widow, Kathie Vachon.
I also now have a blurb for Saint Mick by Mick Foley and let’s say my initial suggestion it could be a crime novel was somewhat off the mark…
Sailing into the Holiday season with the earnestness of George Bailey discovering how wonderful life can be, the dog-eared determination of Ralphie on his Red Ryder quest, and with the speed and precision of a Buddy Elf snowball barrage, Saint Mick from New York Times #1 bestselling author Mick Foley is a Yuletide tale like no other: part jolly memoir, part whimsical ode to a lifetime love affair with Christmas, part solemn tribute to the power of finding the best part of oneself in the unlikeliest of places.
After a lifetime of putting his body on the line to entertain his dozens (and dozens!) of fans, the Hardcore Legend is paying the price – both physically and emotionally.. Unable to resist the roar of the crowd, Mick returned to the ring too often, risking too much, losing belief in the characters that had defined him, and losing sight of his dreams. When the final bell on Mick’s career finally tolled – not with glory inside the ring, but with solemn words in a neurologist’s office, the future is far from merry and bright. Until hope and redemption come to him in the form of a beloved figure from his past.
Given the chance to become Santa Claus – not dress up, not pretend, but become – Mick Foley rediscovers the joy of performing, finds a character he can believe in, and even finds a way to put his body on the line in commitment to his new craft, enduring an excruciating six hour bleaching so that the beard on his chin can be as white as the snow.
Mick charts a course from the heartwarming to the surreal, detailing the drastic measures he takes to keep the magic age of belief alive for his younger children, as well as taking us inside the secret world of the Santa subculture – where “real-bearded Santas” and “traditional” or “mystical” Santas are quite often at odds as to who makes the better red suit ambassadors. Along the way, Mick worries that he will be excommunicated from the Santa world for everything from his colorful WWE background, to his Santa character being run over by a motor vehicle on Christmas Eve on WWE television, to his intentional breaking of “The Santa Claus Oath” by promising toys to families in need, to his participation in a controversial Santa Claus documentary.
With the help of an unlikely elf – 8 time Grammy award winner Norah Jones – Mick learns valuable lessons about the real power and responsibility of the red suit, and that success as Santa comes not by appearing in front of millions on TV, but by touching hearts and creating “Santa moments” for the young and the young at heart – one memory at a time.
Titles in bold are new additions. Titles in italics have changed release date in the past week.
17 February: Hardway by Hector Acosta
28 February: The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them)
14 March: Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Womens Wrestling by Pat Laprade & Dan Murphy
21 March: Looking at the Lights: My Path from a Nobody to a Wrestling Heel by Pete Gas
21 March: WWE: WrestleMania: The Poster Collection
1 April: Best Seat in the House: A Backstage Pass to My Journey As Wwe Announcer by Justin Roberts
4 April: Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by AJ Mendez Brooks
11 April: NXT: The Future Is Now by Jon Robinson (official WWE release)
9 May: WWE Book Of Top 10s by DK
25 July: Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte by Ric Flair & Charlotte
8 August: Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One of America’s Favorite Sports by Ronald Snyder
29 August: No Is a Four-Letter Word: How I Failed Spelling But Succeeded in Life by Chris Jericho
5 September: Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story by Bertrand Hebert and Pat Laprade
3 October: Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling by Jim Ross
3 October: WWE Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by DK
17 October: Saint Mick by Mick Foley
31 October: The Book of Booty: Shake It. Love It. Never Be It (It’s Twerked for Us!) by The New Day