Biography

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501139154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2017

When you think of Leonardo, think of his drawing of the Vitruvian Man; the perfectly proportioned of a figure in a circle, within a square. This is Leonardo. As Isaacson so eloquently writes, the perfection of artistic endeavor through science was the artist’s true genius. Isaacson's biography is pitch perfect. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World by A. J. Baime - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780544617346
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 24th, 2017

Dropped into a maelstrom of earth-shattering events, Harry Truman acted with bluntness, bravery, and little bravado. His decisions at the end of World War II, including deployment of the atomic bomb, permanently altered, for better or worse, our world. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

Alexie beautifully describes the personal frustrations he had growing up as a Native American on the Spokane reservation with an often absent father and an intensely emotional mother he never truly understood. Using a mixture of poetry and short story, Alexie finds a way to let the reader into his heart as he debates the confusing yet loving relationship he had with his heritage and his late mother. You do not need to know anything about Alexie prior to reading this book because in the end you will feel like you have known him and his family all along. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


We Are All Shipwrecks: A Memoir by Kelly Grey Carlisle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781492645207
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Published: Sourcebooks - September 5th, 2017

A somewhat shocking memoir of a girl whose mother was murdered in the mid 1970s, possibly an early victim of the Hillside Stranglers. She is raised by her grandfather and his wife. He is, in turns, benevolent and indulgent, but also vulgar, demanding and selfish. Her upbringing is, by all accounts, quite unorthodox. An interesting voyage through somebody else's normal. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle


Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz by Fred Hersch - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101904343
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Published: Crown Archetype - September 12th, 2017

Fred Hersch is one of the greatest jazz pianists of his generation. This is his story--from upper middle-class Midwestern beginnings to wild times in New York City where he ultimately forged his illustrious career. Hersch is the first openly gay, HIV positive jazz man. In the overtly masculine world of be-bop and straight-ahead jazz, his was a difficult road in coming to terms with who he was and dealing with serious health concerns. Readers and listeners of jazz will appreciate this candid and musical memoir. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row by William A. Noguera - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781609807979
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Published: Seven Stories Press - January 9th, 2018

Escape Artist is a gripping, sad, inspirational and amazing story of being on death row in America's worst prison and, more interestingly, the emotional journey that got Mr. Noguera into prison and how he evolved into a world-class artist and rehabilitated human being. This book is fascinating on many levels. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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