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The Year My Mother Came Back

A captivating and enjoyable read, one you will want to share with friends.


Have You Been Good?: A Memoir

Have You Been Good? reads as a jumble of archival bits and pieces, waiting for someone to ask the right questions, the ones that will begin to make sense of it all.


It's a Long Story: My Life

I learned many interesting facts about the man that I wasn’t aware of previously, and I enjoyed reminiscing about the aspects of his life with which I was already familiar.


Hope and Other Luxuries: A Mother's Life with a Daughter's Anorexia

Overall, HOPE AND OTHER LUXURIES is important, informative and provocative. I hope that Dunkle’s story will inspire others who love those suffering from mental illness to speak up about their experiences.


The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

Rarely has a mad passion brought forth such a splendid and enduring fruit.


Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Hold Still is a portrait of Mann and of the south—of an individual who identifies inextricably with her southern birthplace.


The Folded Clock: A Diary

This book is really about the universal quest to understand how desire shapes and drives all of us. Julavits wants more than anything to live a rich life, to be fully here, to be present.


The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy

The Brothers makes readers feel the tragedy of the Boston bombing in all its complexity.


Michelle Obama: A Life

Slevin’s book well captures what happens when a gifted and driven community activist — one with a famous aversion to politics — is faced with a husband who becomes interested in running for office.


Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Throughout this memoir, gothic is never too far from ghoulish. It’s all part of a journey home.


It's a Long Story: My Life

Time, as a clean-shaven young Nelson once observed, does in fact slip away. Thankfully that voice, all his own, has long since become everyone’s.


Reagan: The Life

In “Reagan,” Brands, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Andrew Jackson, provides a lively and lucid narrative of the life of America’s 40th president.


On the Move: A Life

What gives this memoir a unique poignancy is the knowledge that Sacks was diagnosed earlier this year with terminal liver cancer.


No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII

Weintraub’s paean to a remarkable dog will be seen by animal lovers as affirmation that all pets deserve our respect, because any one of them might save a life (or many lives) and inspire a nation, as Judy did --- given the chance.


Legend: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
Kirkus Reviews : Legend (May 01, 2015)

In the hands of a Junger or Krakauer, this story might have taken more memorable form. Still, Vietnam War completists will be interested.


After the Dance

A fascinating, unsentimental account of a be-careful-what-you-wish-for romance.


God is Not Here: A Soldier's Struggle with Torture, Trauma, and the Moral Injuries of War

War is hell, and hell is other people. In this serviceable account, Edmonds assures us that both adages are true.


Elon Musk

Despite Vance’s best efforts, Musk comes off as another megalomaniacal hypercapitalist whose stock in trade is luxury goods and services for luxury clients.


Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator

An ambitious yet manageable biography of Stalin, this book sheds new light on its subject for amateur historians and experts alike.


The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

A brisk chronicle of how William Shakespeare almost vanished into obscurity and how one obsessive American created the playwright's finest modern shrine.