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The Contender: Andrew Cuomo, a Biography

Ultimately, “The Contender” has a value that will endure beyond any particular presidential campaign ­season.

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

Although it drags and feels unnecessary for large stretches, this new addition to the Apple pantheon redeems itself with access to key players and their previously untold accounts, thereby presenting a layered portrait of the mercurial Jobs, whose style and personality, the book argues, were constantly evolving, right up to his early death.

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

Less truly revelatory and more just a difference in tone and spirit than previous accounts.

Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square

Boyagoda has explored and explained this fascinating American as well as anyone could have hoped.

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom

The bombing could support a book of its own, but not this one.

The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan

“The Upstairs Wife” does manage to cover so much ground so skillfully, casting a sharp eye on complicated personal politics and affairs of state alike.

Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader

Middlekauff has written about Washington’s war rather as Washington himself might have, had he been a historian: carefully, thoroughly, with an eye for detail and a grasp, at all times, of the important points.

American Ghost

Whether you believe in ghosts or are just intrigued by their persistence in popular culture, American Ghost is itself a haunting story about the long reach of the past.

B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

Good books not only constitute human relationships; the act of reading is “keeping a promise.” Hallman suggests readers find their own Nicholson Baker, a writer they can welcome to the canon. As for Hallman — welcome to my canon, and Elda may want to read you, too.

The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

Strauss handles the actual action of the assassination with aplomb, even though it’s a familiar tale. But it’s the part of the story that sets up the assassination and the aftermath that mark THE DEATH OF CAESAR as an impressive and necessary work.

The Wild Oats Project

By normalizing the confessional mode, like these books do, like so much of American culture does (reality TV, talk shows etc.), something is gained (less stigma) but something is lost.

Girl in a Band

With this book, she sheds a silence that is neither cool nor coy, but is, in fact, the result of a profound fear of weakness, of the social disharmony that emotions incite, of feelings and so-called traditional femininity.

Kirkus Reviews : Frank (March 17, 2015)

Much more entertaining than most political memoirs, Frank’s story isn’t just revealing; it may be the most fun you can have reading about the United States Congress.

B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

Hallman's book, while filled with clever observations that compare reading to sex (both, he claims, even better outdoors or the second time around), curiously glosses over some of Baker's most striking characteristics as a writer — his extraordinary vocabulary, verbal felicity, and wit.

Girl in the Dark: A Memoir

Her prose is disorienting and dreamy, a nonlinear string of impressions that tries to capture what it feels like to live in the dark, where her personhood, her presence as a body, is always in question.

H is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk is a wonder both of nature and of meditative writing; the flat truism that we all handle grief and loss in our different ways has never been given such raw and fierce form.

H is for Hawk

It’s a book to give as a gift, to anyone you know well enough to send sifting through old bones, shattered hearts and mutilated pheasants, in search of grace.