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Dear Reader,

If this had been a straight biography, I probably would have never picked this book up, but there was no way to resist this combination of writer and subject.

Jerry Lee Lewis and Rick Bragg both came from the rural South, from dirt poor families, and each made a name for himself. We know Bragg because of his heartbreaking trilogy of books chronicling his early life and the history of his parents and extended family in northeastern Alabama. We know Lewis as one of the pioneers of rock and roll, whose hell-raising derailed his career more than once.

Bragg is one of the best storytellers around, and after spending two years working closely on this book with Lewis, he brings this complex man’s story to life like no other writer could. Ann Patchett says she “loved every amphetamine-laced, whiskey-soaked, gun-shot page of it.” If you are a fan of either man, or just a music lover in general, we think you will whole- heartedly agree. You may even want to buy copies of this for several folks on your holiday shopping list.

Yours in reading,

Karen Hayes Parnassus Books co-owner


Membership Information

Here's how it works: 

• If you sign up for the Parnassus First Editions Club, we will deliver a signed first edition of a book to your doorstep 12 times a year.

• The selections will be hand-chosen by the staff of Parnassus, and will include a mix of established authors and potential new literary and non-fiction stars.

• We hope you'll love the books we choose, but in the event that you don't, you can return a selection within two weeks of receiving it.

• To sign up, simply fill out the form below or feel free to stop by the store, where one of our friendly booksellers will be happy to assist you. All books are billed at list price, plus postage. 

Please note: Pending charges from this program may appear as "Stripe." This is the payment processor that we use and the description will update to "Parnassus Books" within a week.

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