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Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

In other words, you’ll be in the nimble hands of a pro if you read “Respect.”


Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

Dunham gives us permission to examine our own flaws, and perhaps even value them as a source of strength and perseverance.


Angry Optimist

Is it too much to ask for us readers to get a chuckle or two every, say, 20 pages or so? Springsteen and I would’ve liked that.


The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved
Kirkus Reviews : The Good Son (October 28, 2014)

An intimate and compelling look at “the most brilliant star in the Kennedy firmament.”


De Niro: A Life
Kirkus Reviews : De Niro (October 28, 2014)

An impressive biography that will surely stand as the definitive De Niro volume.


Yes Please
Kirkus Reviews : Yes Please (October 28, 2014)

A wise and winning—and polite—memoir and manifesto.


Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

Not that Kind of Girl is as confusing, multi-layered and self referential as the criticism surrounding the author herself, evoking everything from YA romance to grotesque body horror. And it is because of this fact, and not despite of it, that the book, and indeed its creator, are so fascinating.


Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

This is more a book about a deprived boy showing how ready he was to roar, and how he lit a touchpaper for others like him.


Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

Although Mr. Lahr’s book is billed as a comprehensive, stand-alone account of Williams’s turbulent life, it treats the playwright’s “Memoirs” as required reading to get the fullest sense of his private voice and exploits.


Yes Please

Yes Please is a breezy read that runs on its own internal logic, mimicking the stream-of-consciousness flow of improvisational comedy.


Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

Reading John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams’ is a journey into purgatory. But purgatory has an exit…in this case exits, the works of art that Tennessee Williams created.


The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature's Greatest Monsters

Stott’s narrative is fluid, informative and stylish, offering uncommon insight into Claire and Polidori, who were misguided and overmatched.


The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb

In Plumly’s graceful prose and propulsive storytelling, the Romantics come alive for us as creative forces and, perhaps more remarkably, as endearing, complex, authentic individuals.


Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child is a moving read, at once both the personal story of Adie and her interviewees, and also a damning account of the difficulties foundlings have faced, and still continue to face. It's a book to make you angry, but also one filled with hope.


Not My Father's Son

There is no discounting the visceral punch of Cumming’s father-son face-offs, but one wishes the author had devoted a portion of “Not My Father’s Son” to exploring the roots of his father’s pathology.


My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich

Startlingly prescient words from a moral crusader during a perilous time.