Biography

Solitary by Albert Woodfox - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802129086
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

Woodfox' insider story of a life lived deep in the bowels of the unjust, inhumane, violent, sadistic and vile world of the American “justice” system may not be for the faint of heart. But it is, by turns, appalling and nauseating, horrific yet inspiring. Woodfox' ability to recall the minutia of his daily life in countless prison facilities throughout his life is uncanny- there are so many guard attacks/beatings, gassings, strip searches and constant violent humiliations that the reader's head may spin. But throughout it all- after an indoctrination by Black Panther prisoners to a noble mission of both bettering himself and the lives of his fellow African Americans gave him a lifetime of strength, determination, grit and grace to endure the endless prison purgatory that has taken down the souls of countless men- Woodfox manages to stand tall, standing for himself and for others no matter the cost. A most impressive tale. A most impressive man. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250208668
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 4th, 2019

A wonderfully authentic memoir by one of the beloved Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye. We get to meet the real Tan France, from his childhood growing up in the north of England, his various jobs in the fashion business, to marrying his love-at-first-sight husband and moving to Utah, and, of course, getting the dream job which has made him one of the world’s sweethearts. This reads like an intimate chat with Tan himself, his voice shines through, and you can hear it in his words, I thoroughly enjoyed it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

A crackling true crime tale morphs into much more: the story of a great writer who found her voice once and then sacrificed her privacy, risked her reputation, and poured all her intellect and creativity into a valiant effort to discover it once again. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Invested: Changing Forever the Way Americans Invest by Charles Schwab - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984822543
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Published: Currency - October 8th, 2019

Charles Schwab hired me for my first 'adult job' when I was not yet 19. The discount brokerage Schwab had created and named after himself contracted me and about a dozen others to convert paper pages and handwritten data into a fledgling computer program he had purchased, at a new office building he had leased outside San Francisco's business district. Everything about this company was innovative, including how Schwab logged hours alongside the hired staff. Throughout the forty years since, "Chuck" Schwab has amassed a fortune pursuing inventive, and often high-risk, ideas, all of which he highlights in his autobiography, Invested. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Robin by Dave Itzkoff - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250214812
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Published: Picador - May 14th, 2019

Testimony to both Robin Williams' artistic brilliance and to this nation's utter inability to understand depression, Itzkoff's biography, Robin, characterizes the actor's intensive vitae as spirited by his creative depths, and by how Williams desired, always, to improve upon his art. Yet this desire manifested as a need to push beyond his self, which following his death left even his family and his closest friends, almost all of whom are comedic performers, as unwilling to accept his final act's role. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594206740
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Published: Penguin Press - August 6th, 2019

After her father dies, Alexandra Fuller realizes the world she had written herself out of contained the life his laid-back nature had composed, from his moving her and her family to pre-Revolutionary Rhodesia when she was very young. In her newest memoir, Travel Light, Move Fast, Fuller reconsiders her father's role in shaping her world, exploring ideas about 'forever,' a concept she now recognizes as untenable in her. She talks with her mother, who recalls too well the poverty her husband's socialist ideals forced them to endure, and with her sister, who like the author was sent to attend Africa's best white boarding schools, which opened opportunities for them upon which they both left Africa. Now finding herself unable to elegize her or her family's loss, Fuller realizes that the "peace and calm" her father lived by were the same concepts which continue to elude her living as an adult. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


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