Biography

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520221
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 6th, 2018

This book left me breathless and heart sore with sympathy. The episodes are told as though each distinct part of her body had it's own voice and wanted my sole attention. Even the years between each event are full of meaning and nuance. This one of the most mesmerizing memoirs I have ever read. The breadth and scope of Maggie's 17 brushes with death are told in a strong, indelible voice that cautions the reader that life is to be treasured, but not treated too delicately. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

An astonishing account of one woman's isolated childhood and youth among her Mormon family in rural Idaho. Never having been vaccinated, never having attended public school, spending her years stocking away canned peaches for Y2K and scrapping metal in her anti-government father's junk yard, she remains ignorant of all the things people today assume are common knowledge: the Holocaust, the World Trade Center, etc. Despite her abusive older brother's gaslighting, her father's desire to keep the family off the grid, and her mother's inclination to treat all the family's wounds—regardless of severity—with homeopathic remedies,Tara studies trigonometry, takes the SATs, and with the encouragement of professors, ends up studying at Cambridge and Harvard. A story of the strength it takes to leave home to become more than what you are, and of the strength it takes to return home when home no longer wants you. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


I Found My Tribe: A Memoir by Ruth Fitzmaurice - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635571585
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 6th, 2018

After living a life full of laughter and fun, the author is shaken when her husband is diagnosed with ALS. This memoir is about the strength and dexterity of the spirit and how her family and the friends who make up the Tragic Wives Swimming Club deal with "the tough stuff of life." The book traces the essence of learning who you really are and what you are capable of accomplishing. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780871409416
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - January 9th, 2018

Lansdale was the CIA agent who during the 1950s helped save the Philippines from the Communist menace. A patriot with tremendous sensitivity to foreign cultures, his counter-insurgency strategy came unraveled in Vietnam. In this fascinating biography, Boot mines the life and work of a spy to see how his ideas still have relevance to American foreign policy. It's a book that deserves to be read by anybody interested in our place in the world. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


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


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