Matthew Daddona is a Senior Editor at Dey Street Books where he focuses on nonfiction in the categories of sports, music, journalistic narrative, military, pop culture, and memoir. In his five and a half years at the imprint, he has published the #1 New York Times bestseller The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by The Try Guys, as well as the New York Times bestsellers What Does This Button Do? by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson and From the Outside by NBA hall-of-famer Ray Allen. His national bestselling and critically acclaimed titles include: Fly Into the Wind by Lt. Col Dan Rooney; America’s Game by Jerry Rice; Twilight of the Gods by Steven Hyden; Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss; Lands of Last Borders by Kate Harris (also an Indie Next Pick and winner of the 2018 Banff Adventure Award for travel literature); and The History of the Future by Blake Harris. His recent and forthcoming titles include Breathe by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie; The Way Forward by decorated war heroes Robert O’Neill and Dakota Meyer; Can’t Knock the Hustle by Bleacher Report alum Matt Sullivan; and Blood by The Jonas Brothers. In addition to his work at Dey Street, Matthew is a poet, journalist, and fiction writer. His first collection of poems, House of Sound, was published in 2020.
In March 2014 I acquired Byers Shaw, MD.'s narrative memoir about organ transplant surgery; in May 2014 I acquired comedian Josh Gondelman and journalist Joe Berkowitz' You Blew It!, an irreverent and humorous look at faux pas in America; in October 2014 I acquired Ryan Britt's Luke Skywalker Can't Read, a collection of essays about pop culture and science fiction; In April 2015 I acquired a short story collection and novel by Ohio State MFA-grad Nick White.
New York Times BestsellerThe record-holding two-time NBA champion and recently inducted hall-of-famer reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he's played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir.Playing in the NBA for eighteen years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the... read more
A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever.Pioneers of Britain’s nascent Rock & Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second, but twi... read more
A September 2018 Indie Next List Pick"Lands of Lost Borders carried me up into a state of openness and excitement I haven’t felt for years. It’s a modern classic." —Pico IyerA brilliant, fierce writer makes her debut with this enthralling travelogue and memoir of her journey by bicycle along the Silk Road—an illuminating and thought-provoking fusion of The Places in Between, Lab Girl, and Wild... read more
A "Must" pick by Entertainment WeeklyAn A.V. Club "Best Books of June" selectionA "New and Noteworthy" selection by USA TodayIn celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.Four-time... read more
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe Try Guys deliver their first book—an inspirational self-improvement guide that teaches you that the path to success is littered with humiliating detours, embarrassing mistakes, and unexpected failures.To be our best selves, we must become secure in our insecurities. In The Hidden Power of F*cking Up, The Try Guys - Keith, Ned, Zach, and Eugene - reveal their phi... read more
A USA Today bestsellerThe dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus, its quest for virtual reality, and its founder's contentious battle for political freedom against Facebook, from the bestselling author of Console Wars.In The History of the Future, Harris once again deep-dives into a tech drama for the ages to expertly tell the larger-than-life true story of Oculus,... read more
National Bestseller * Named one of Rolling Stone's Best Music Books of 2018 * One of Newsweek's 50 Best Books of 2018 * A Billboard Best of 2018 * A New York Times Book Review "New and Noteworthy" selectionThe author of the critically acclaimed Your Favorite Band is Killing Me offers an eye-opening exploration of the state of classic rock, its past and future, the impact it has had, and what i... read more
National BestsellerDon’t despair. Don’t retreat. Fight back.The stunning election of Donald J. Trump rocked an already divided America and left scores of citizens, including the nearly sixty-five million voters who supported Hillary Clinton, feeling bereft and powerless. Now, Gene Stone, author of The Bush Survival Bible, offers invaluable guidance and concrete solutions they can use to make a... read more
The wildly entertaining and eye-opening biography of J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who invented the concept of "Close Encounters" with alien life, inspired Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic science fiction epic film, and made a nation want to believe in UFOs.In June 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold looked out his cockpit window and saw a group of nine silvery crescents weaving between ... read more
A USA Today New and Noteworthy Selection This is the definitive biography of one of the most iconic, complex and enduring legends of Hollywood’s golden age, whose major presence in American film, radio, television, stage and theater lasted beyond the second half of the 20th Century, and whose classic films are known throughout the world. Written by New York Times bestselling, prize-winning aut... read more
In this love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course, and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life. With a Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.“Bing Crosby was a great ambassador for our game, as well as a great man,” hails longtime friend and golf partner, Jack Nicklaus. The beloved singer and star was also an ex... read more
“Ryan Britt is . . . the Virgil you want to guide you through the inferno of geekery.” —Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling Magician's trilogy Pop Culture and sci-fi guru Ryan Britt has never met a monster, alien, wizard, or superhero that didn’t need further analysis. Essayist Ryan Britt got a sex education from dirty pictures of dinosaurs, made out with Jar-Jar Binks at midnight, and fig... read more
For readers of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Paul A. Ruggieri's Confessions of a Surgeon, and Atul Gawande's Better, a pioneering surgeon shares memories from a life in one of surgery’s most demanding fields The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, M.D., who studied under Tom Starzl in Pittsburgh, was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. S... read more
"Jason Porter could find a place on the shelf beside Richard Brautigan, George Saunders, and David Sedaris. This is a quick, odd, wonderful book, one that pinned me back on my heels and made me laugh."–Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World SpinHave we all sunken into a species-wide bout of clinical depression? Porter’s uproarious, intelligent debut centers on Raymond Champs, an illustrat... read more
“Hilarious and Heartbreaking. Comedy shouldn’t take courage, but it made an exception for Bassem.” --Jon Stewart"The Jon Stewart of the Arabic World"—the creator of The Program, the most popular television show in Egypt’s history—chronicles his transformation from heart surgeon to political satirist, and offers crucial insight into the Arab Spring, the Egyptian Revolution, and the turmoil roil... read more
The next frontier of sports training doesn't rest with the body, but with the mind. For years, common wisdom has held that athletic performance is rooted in genetics and peak physical enhancement of the body. But journalist Brandon Sneed has another idea: that mental engineering -- training the cognitive process of the brain -- presents yet a new level of sports performance, and that athletes,... read more
On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Jets' historic achievement, a nostalgic, inside look from the men who composed the team behind Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win, filled with exclusive insights and stories from the surviving players, coaches, and management of that championship team whose victory changed the landscape of American football.On January 12, 1969, the New York J... read more
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