King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King by Daniel de Vise (Grove/Atlantic)

Longlisted for the PEN Award

“Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist De Visé amply demonstrates his masterful storytelling and research skills in this definitive look at legendary blues musician B.B. King . . .An intimate portrait of a cultural luminary . . . Even readers who aren’t fans of the blues will be engrossed by this nuanced look at an American icon.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The definitive biography of blues master Riley ‘B.B.’ King . . Engaging. The book expertly interweaves King’s music career into the U.S. social fabric, especially the civil rights movement. With this fast- moving, informative, evenhanded, and exhaustive biography, de Visé vividly captures King’s life.”―Library Journal (starred review)

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