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White Beech: The Rainforest Years

What Greer is saying is it is not posterity that defines us but rather history — history as continuum, in which the future is not open-ended but an extension of the past.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

The Mockingbird Next Door gives a sense of how attached Harper Lee is to the town and the culture that she has long inhabited.

My Two Italies

In his elegant, thoughtful new memoir, My Two Italies, he writes of watching his father and uncle carve up an entire goat, make wine, and hold a meeting of brothers to determine the fate of an uncle's unfaithful wife.


Forgiveness is a personal journey but it also reminds us not to forget.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

This book does touch, glancingly, on deeper matters.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

Mills' congenial book is an intimate portrait that does nothing to invade the privacy of Harper Lee.

I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir

Don't call Grant a survivor. She is a fighter and flourisher who proves Lucille Ball's maxim: "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age."

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

A charming-if-slight book called The Mockingbird Next Door that provides glimpses into the twilight years of Alice and Harper Lee.

My Salinger Year

If you’re fascinated with J.D. Salinger, the 90?s, New York and/or publishing, you’ll love My Salinger Year.

White Beech: The Rainforest Years

“White Beech” does deliver a farmer’s marketbasket of pleasures. I enjoyed her observations about sexism and natural history, what she calls “the blokiness of botany.”

Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce

This full, warts-and-all biography hauls her back into the limelight and does her full justice. When she first laid eyes on Ms. Morris, her shrewd old instincts were exactly right.

Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Chaotic Life of a Physical Therapist InsideWalter Reed Army Medical Center

By the end of the book, some of the most rewarding moments have come from witnessing the simultaneous growth of the patient and therapist, the latter in many ways just as misunderstood as the soldiers.

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams may not have been one of America’s greatest presidents, but he was definitely one of its greatest citizens.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

“The Mockingbird Next Door” is warm yet wistful, a lament for the books Harper Lee never wrote.

My Salinger Year

Compulsively readable, My Salinger Year will take you racing through the New York publishing scene in 1996, and then have you reaching for your copy of Catcher in the Rye.

Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce

Her biography isn’t likely to convert readers into admirers, but in a culture where the rage for fame feels inescapable, it might just help us to weigh its costs more accurately and count the blessings of obscurity.

The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor

This gracefully written book is an original and textured study of Churchill’s imagination.

American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church

An even slightly less outrageous personality could never have ensured that his followers would be hated and exiled — and thus, paradoxically, survive.

Let the Tornado Come: A Memoir

This powerful debut memoir is at once a story of recovery, renewal and hope.

Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

In prose that often crackles with insights, Phillips refashions the heroic period in Freud’s life, when he believed “that making things conscious extended the individual’s realm of choice; where there was compulsion there might be decision, or newfound forms of freedom.”