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Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

In these pages, Mr. Tye conscientiously strips away the accretions of myth that have come to surround Robert F. Kennedy, while at the same time creating a sympathetic portrait of this complex, searching man — a genuine pilgrim and a hard-nosed politician, a fierce romantic dedicated to “the art of the possible.”


An Abbreviated Life

It is about understanding and recovery, and about looking back in order to take the first step forward.


The Latter Days: A Memoir

“The Latter Days” is clean, strong and deep, a raging river of a story that its author carried until she couldn’t hold it back. It is an arrow straight from Mormon country, from the Mountain West and from the heart.


Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life

What’s remarkable about WEAR AND TEAR is its compassion.... Forget that I know and adore Tracy Tynan. I can’t praise this book enough.


The Voyeur's Motel

Mostly, however, one feels flattened by a sadness at the cynicism and distrust that years of catching folks with their pants down has engendered, as well as the utter tedium of life as the Voyeur, adrift in “a dry-docked boat whose guests endlessly watched television, exchanged banalities, had sex mainly under the covers if they had sex at all.”


Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life

Ms. Tynan gives a harrowing account of a daughter born three months premature. And she speaks of her continuing struggle to survive her own childhood; silent meditation retreats are involved.


The Accidental Life: An Editor's Notes on Writing and Writers

“The Accidental Life” is intelligent, entertaining and chivalrous. It’s a savvy fax from a dean of the old school.


The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur’s Motel is a work of great moral queasiness, and intellectual inertia.


The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End

This book is Roiphe’s haunting but muddled attempt to come to terms with the mystery of extinction. Her father died, and she will never know what he was going through. Salter, who died last year, knew best: “Don’t dwell on it.”


The Age of Bowie

In Morley’s vision, Bowie sits in the dark, thinking about the life he has had, wondering if it can possibly get any darker in there, when “a voice says I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for everything.”


The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

Maybe life after hope will be the subject of his next novel, if he is able to leave behind the loss of and longing for his father that have provided his inspiration until now.


Trump and Me

Singer gets a lot of laughs out of Trump – the ridiculous apartment, the humourless pomposity – but Trump is not the point. At best he is a sorcerer’s apprentice with little understanding of the forces he professes to control.


The Age of Bowie

As it draws to its close, The Age of Bowie becomes mildly repetitive in its contention that Bowie was in total control of everything he did, as if even his bad music was made deliberately.


Harley and Me: Embracing Risk On the Road to a More Authentic Life

Her story inspires without being tritely inspirational, and that is a real gift.


The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima

The Heart of Hell portrays the significance of a Landing Craft Infantry vessel and the lives of its crew.


I'm Just a Person

Her grief and recovery are in their rawest forms in I’m Just A Person, but so is her hope.


Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Reading this book might be easier than that overenthusiastic fan behavior. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.