Biography

Three Pianos: A Memoir by Andrew McMahon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781648960208
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 26th, 2021

Lyrical, dizzying memoir of a gifted musician's many highs and lows. Road trips, family, friends, bandmates, drugs, disease, booze, relationships, tours, and concerts scatter McMahon's attention and complicate his life. Through it all, his sole solace awaits: his piano. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062964618
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Published: Harper - September 21st, 2021

Cooper's family history is rich in drama, ambition, dissipation, and especially money. Examining his ancestors' actions with a cool, compassionate eye, Cooper reveals, time and again, the essential truth that genuine wealth comes in a currency that cannot be bought. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life by Nigel Poor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593238868
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Published: Crown - October 19th, 2021

Ear Hustle is not your run-of-the-mill podcast. It originates from San Quentin prison, and its guests are prisoners. Poor and Woods speak as candidly in the book as they do on the mic, and the often disturbing topics beam a light on men and women that many in society either ignore or abhor. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Smile: The Story of a Face by Sarah Ruhl - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982150945
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 5th, 2021

Can you be happy, or joyous, if you cannot smile? Bell's palsy robbed Ruhl of that simple, yet transcendent, facial expression years ago. Her resolve to live with purpose while seeking to eradicate her unfortunate grimace becomes, in her words, a profound expression that disfigurement can neither mask, nor hinder, joy. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye: A Memoir of Loss, Grief, and Love by Ivan Maisel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780306925740
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Published: Hachette Books - October 26th, 2021

Losing his 21-year old son to suicide brought unbearable grief to Maisel. In clear-eyed prose honed from a career in journalism, Maisel communicates how embracing, rather than denying, grief allowed him to value his son's life, and his own. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War by John "Chick" Donohue - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062995476
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 28th, 2021

A U.S. Marine veteran is "drafted" by his friends to undertake a dangerous and unprecedented journey to deliver local beer- and best wishes and familial greetings- to neighborhood “boys” serving in Vietnam. Donohue's travel log features countless tales of his remarkable luck at actually finding his old friends at their war posts without somehow getting himself killed. Along the way, he refreshes our collective memory regarding how poorly enlisted men were treated stateside and, through his first hand account, fills in details of the war itself that many readers may have long since forgotten or never even known. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


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