Biography

Wolf Hustle: A Black Woman on Wall Street by Cin Fabré - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250816856
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 20th, 2022

Cin Fabre is a heroine "before her time", a projects-raised hustler (i.e. tremendously hard worker but also wheeler-dealer) living life on her own terms, fighting off the endless misogyny of her male peers and supervisors and forcing her way into the boys' club through virtue of both "nature" and "nurture." The “nurture” of her driven but non-affectionate mother and negligent and abusive father, and the quick, calculating and determined nature she inherited from both. Her unprecedented success at an early age and as a minority woman in the questionable moral morass of a Wall St cold-calling brokerage may bring the reader to the book, but the haunting tales of her Bronx childhood that she has brought to life so vividly here are the richest part of her story. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people by Tracy Kidder - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984801432
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Published: Random House - January 10th, 2023

A profound portrayal of humble heroism. For decades, Dr. Jim O'Connell and his medical team have aided the homeless of Boston with compassion and without judgment. The humanity of the doctors, nurses, and especially the ravaged people on the streets shine in this testament to our innate potential for good. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982185824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

In I'm Glad My Mom Died, McCurdy writes with candid vulnerability, shedding light on the darker side of Hollywood. She discusses not only her unhealthy relationship with both acting and her own mother, but also her personal struggles with addiction and various eating disorders. Although heartbreaking, McCurdy's journey to take back control of her life is a beautiful one to witness. This is the memoir of the year. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe by David Maraniss - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476748412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

Great from the first page to the last. Thorpe's colossal athletic achievements propelled him to a nearly mythological status, which belied his post-Olympic false starts, bad marriages, and financial insecurity. Yet it is not Thorpe the myth, but Thorpe the flawed man that achieves, through his innate decency, a hard-won dignity. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593498064
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Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022

Zamora's first work of prose is a stunning, nearly moment-to-moment recounting of his seven week, 3000 mile journey as a nine year old from El Salvador to the Arizona desert. No family members accompanied him. His parents had already fled the civil war in their home country. Led by one coyote or pollero after another, Javier joined a group of strangers who traveled by bus, boat and foot, on a harrowing, traumatizing journey to join his parents in the United States. Through a nearly unbelievable force of will and the care of three strangers who became his second family, Javier made it. An incredible, unforgettable work of literature. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


The Family Outing: A Memoir by Jessi Hempel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063079014
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Published: HarperOne - October 4th, 2022

The whole Hempel family stops being repressed. But it takes a long time. Jessi Hempel's self-absorption and dizzying number of flings are balanced by a growing interest in her parents and siblings, all of whom embark on rocky roads to self-realization. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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