Biography

Riding The Lightning: A Year in the Life of a New York City Paramedic by Anthony Almojera - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780358652908
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Published: Mariner Books - June 7th, 2022

Searing, brutally honest account of Almojera's experience as a Brooklyn paramedic in the first year of Covid. Almojera reveals the frequent horror of his job, and his anger at the stifling political and bureaucratic apparatus that made his work even more challenging. Yet, his book is a testament to the valor of those on the front lines,and a memorial to those who perished. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Becoming FDR: The Personal Crisis That Made a President by Jonathan Darman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781400067077
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Published: Random House - September 6th, 2022

Franklin Roosevelt's life of privilege and pleasure crashed when he contracted polio at 39. Darman superbly illuminates how FDR's painful ordeal not only failed to shatter his natural buoyancy, but awakened an empathy for suffering which fostered his great achievement of lifting the nation out of the Great Depression. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Sentimental Economy by Edoardo Nesi - Book Review

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By Edoardo Nesi, Antony Shugaar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781635422146
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Published: Other Press - August 2nd, 2022

Nesi recounts his family's textile company in Italy, which he inherited and eventually sold, while reflecting on the huge changes Covid brought to his former business, and to the world economy. An affecting, unusual blend of micro and macro-economics, and memoir. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by Ben Shattuck - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781953534040
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Published: Tin House Books - April 19th, 2022

Shattuck is the perfect companion on his Thoreau-inspired ambles on the beach and through the woods. The book succeeds as an extremely agreeable example of armchair travel combined with masterful nature writing. It also ignited in me a new curiosity about his muse, Henry David Thoreau. Sprinkle in the kindness of strangers, the importance of friendship, and the comfort of family, Six Walks is a deeply personal and highly relatable excursion by a very talented writer. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha LaPointe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781640094147
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Published: Counterpoint - March 8th, 2022

A poetic and heart wrenching autobiography of an indigenous woman, that includes the stories of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. LaPointe shares the struggles of her life and the generational trauma of the women in her family. From sexual assault and homelessness, to alcoholism and child loss; she experiences her pain and anger through her love of punk rock, combining a punk aesthetic with the spiritual teachings of her culture, to heal herself. With her loving descriptions of the landscape of her home enriched by references to songs by Bikini Kill and PJ Harvey, LaPointe's writing is rich and intense. Might end up being in my top five favorites for 2022! ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings by Geoff Dyer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374605568
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 3rd, 2022

Geoff Dyer, the author of always engaging books on all kinds of topics that never fit easily into a category or genre, returns with this study ostensibly on “late style.” His references and subjects range from tennis to Beethoven, from JMW Turner to Bob Dylan, from lecturing on Jazz at Burning Man to unsuccessfully taking DMT at Joshua Tree. The Last Days of Roger Federer and Other Endings is built from small sections of prose usually no more than a page that follow a pattern of one topic gradually shifting into the next which might not outwardly seem connected until Dyer brilliantly makes his point clear. Structured along threads like tennis (both the pros and his own avid playing), Nietzsche, Philip Larkin’s poetry, the effects of Covid, Jazz, almost confrontationally “interdisciplinary,” The Last Days of Roger Federer offers a bounty of riches and meditations from one of our most talented critics. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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