Other Books

Lisa Dickey has helped write and/or edit eighteen published nonfiction books, including eight New York Times Best Sellers. Scroll down for details and descriptions, or click here for reviews.


3-Then   HerbieHancock   RememberingWhitney   Citizenville

happyaccidents   akula   lee1   swayze_cover

devil-we-know-robert-baer-hardcover-cover-art-1   Basic Black   The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk   aol.com


Then Comes Marriage, by Roberta Kaplan with Lisa Dickey (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015)


The thrilling inside story of how Edie Windsor’s case brought down the Defense of Marriage Act.
  • “[A] timely, well-told story, brimming with observations about the importance of family” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Compelling… [a] deeply moving book.” – Los Angeles Times, Top Ten books of 2015

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Herbie Hancock:  Possibilities, by Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey (Viking Adult, 2014)


Legendary jazz musician and composer Herbie Hancock reflects on his life and seven-decade career.


  • “Melodically weaving the notes of his personal life around his exploration of numerous music genres… Hancock elegantly composes a tuneful sound track of his life in music.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “A warm, inspiring book” – Kirkus Reviews

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Remembering Whitney, by Cissy Houston with Lisa Dickey (Harper, 2013)


Gospel star Cissy Houston’s moving account of the life of her beloved daughter, Whitney Houston.


  • New York Times Best Seller list, February 2013
  • “[Houston] paints a picture of her daughter’s life… that is both triumphant and anguished.” – Boston Globe

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Citizenville, by Gavin Newsom with Lisa Dickey (Penguin Group, 2013)


Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s rallying cry for revolutionizing our democracy in the digital age, Citizenville reveals how ordinary Americans can reshape their government for the better.


  • “Fresh and lively… empowering, motivating” – Kirkus Reviews
  • “A passionate and well-reasoned argument for a new style of government” – Booklist (starred review)

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Happy Accidents: A Memoir, by Jane Lynch (Voice, 2011)


Jane Lynch has created her own improbable and hilarious path to success. Part comic memoir and part inspirational narrative, Happy Accidents is a book for anyone who needs a new perspective on life, love and success.


  • New York Times Extended Best Seller list, September 2011
  • “A triumphant memoir… achingly sad and sweetly comic at the same time” – Kirkus Reviews

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A Fistful of Rice, by Vikram Akula (Harvard Business Press, 2010)


Vikram Akula, the founder of India’s largest microfinance organization, reveals how he wove together philanthropy and capitalism to help millions of India’s poor.


  • “This thoughtful book presents a rare melding of genuine compassion with a businessman’s commitment to efficiency and growth.” – Publishers Weekly
  • An “engaging account” – Fast Company

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The World is Bigger Now, by Euna Lee with Lisa Dickey (Broadway, 2010)


In this harrowing story of survival and faith, Euna Lee describes her emotionally wrenching months of captivity after being arrested near the border of North Korea. Separated from her husband and young daughter, Lee describes in vivid detail what it was like to lose, then miraculously regain, life as she knew it.


  • “[M]ovingly describes Lee’s guilt as a mother with a career… remarkable.” – Los Angeles Times
  • “A heartrending story” – Booklist

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The Time of My Life, by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi (Atria, 2009)


A behind-the-scenes look at a Hollywood life and a remarkable love. Patrick and Lisa’s marriage is a journey of two lives intertwined and lived as one–throughout their years in Hollywood and at home on their working ranch outside Los Angeles, and culminating in the hope and wisdom they imparted to all who know them.


  • New York Times Best Seller list, October 2009
  • UK Best Seller list, October 2009
  • “Heartwarming and brave.” – The Daily Mail

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The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower, by Robert Baer (Crown, 2008)


Former CIA agent Robert Baer, the real-life inspiration for George Clooney’s character in “Syriana,” uses on-the-ground sleuthing and interviews with key Middle East players to offer a surprising take on Iran.


  • New York Times Extended Best Seller list, October 2008
  • “An important text studded with keen insights into a nation about which America remains dangerously misinformed.” – Kirkus Reviews

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Basic Black, by Cathie Black (Crown Business, 2007)


In an exuberant, down-to-earth voice, former Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black offers insight into achieving what she calls a “360 life” — a blend of professional accomplishment and personal contentment.


  • New York Times Best Seller list, November 2007. NYT Paperback Best Seller list, October 2008.
  • “Black’s insights… are hard-won, and her wisdom, set down here, has the potential to enrich careers and lives.” — USA Today

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Barn Burning, Barn Building, by Ben Barnes with Lisa Dickey (Bright Sky, 2006)


Texas legend and former LBJ protégé Ben Barnes offers an inside look at the extraordinary years when Texas Democrats dominated American politics.


  • New York Times Extended Best Seller list, May 2006.
  • “A fascinating window into a bygone Democratic era” — Dallas Morning News

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There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere, by Kara Swisher with Lisa Dickey (Crown Business, 2003)


An insightful, fast-paced account of the biggest debacle in corporate history: the AOL-Time Warner merger and its flameout.


  • “Entertaining and sharply written” — Variety
  • “[Readers] will be entertained by Swisher’s barbed wit and carried along by her expertly constructed narrative” — Forbes.com

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The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk, by Susan McDougal with Pat Harris (Carroll & Graf, 2002)


Imprisoned for 18 months for refusing to testify against her Whitewater partners Bill and Hillary Clinton, Susan McDougal broke her silence in this book, revealing what really happened in the deal and giving a moving portrait of what happens to women in American prisons.


  • New York Times Best Seller list, February 2003.
  • “A page-turner of a memoir” — Biography magazine

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Wireless Nation
Wireless Nation,by James B. Murray, Jr. (Perseus, 2001)


Wireless Nation is two fascinating stories in one: It’s the sensational account of the entrepreneurs who built America’s wireless industry, and an insider’s perspective on the greatest government boondoggle of our time.


  • Booklist Top Ten Business Book of 2001.
  • “Reads like a Gold Rush novel…[Murray is] an astute analyst and canny observer, as well as a gifted prose stylist” — Miami Herald

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Confessions of a Venture Capitalist, by Ruthann Quindlen (Warner, 2000)


One of the most successful venture capitalists of the late-90s Internet boom offers an insider’s guide to venture capital: who’s got it, how to get it, and what to do with it.


  • “The apparent ease with which she conveys her minimalist vignettes belies Quindlen’s considerable literary talent” — Publishers Weekly
  • “Quindlen is an unusual breed of VC. She’s a real player, and she can write” — Fast Company

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AOL.COM, by Kara Swisher (Crown Business, 1998)


A lively, comprehensive account of the ascendant America Online, rich with anecdotes and insight. AOL.COM was the first book to examine the company that brought the Internet to the masses.


  • “A fascinating and instructive story… well researched and comprehensive” — New York Times
  • “The best tech-scene book of the year” — Chicago Tribune

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