Biography

Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth by Benjamin Taylor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525505242
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Published: Penguin Books - May 19th, 2020

Philip Roth in his later years, Philip Roth as only a close friend would see him. A must-read for Roth fans and of interest to any reader who wonders about the inner workings of a writer's mind. ~ Reviewed by Laurel Rhame


Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143128045
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

This was my first time reading a Shirley Jackson book and I think I love her. Her storytelling is delightful, amusing, and makes even the most mundane moments charming and humorous. Life Among the Savages is the true story of her domestic life in Bennington, Vermont raising her sassy and entertaining young children who will easily keep you smiling and laughing. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982141462
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

This book may provide people who harbor guilt feelings about judging Donald Trump too harshly with a great deal of reassurance in their judgment. Mary Trump's unflinching look at her epically dysfunctional family is more focused upon Fred Trump, her grandfather, than on the president himself, who was both the major beneficiary of his father's business acumen and the most consequential victim of his psychological abuse. The surprising aspect of Ms. Trump's book is how little of it is truly surprising. You may want to file it between Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King where it should be right at home. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Becoming Duchess Goldblatt by Anonymous - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780358216773
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - July 7th, 2020

The true story behind a fictional character, Becoming Duchess Goldblatt details the anonymous author's search for meaningful connections after her company goes under, her marriage ends, and she is left with only partial custody of her son. She's still grieving as she writes the character of Duchess, but as an online community forms around the character, the author finds humor and light and even a real-life friendship with musician Lyle Lovett. This book is a balm for anyone who's hurting but hoping to laugh again. ~ Reviewed by Laurel Rhame


The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781644450314
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 2nd, 2020

This memoir left me with a choking knot in my throat because of the life the author has led so far. The power of Wayetu's wordcraft is so strong that she sweeps you up and holds the reader rapt to the point where I had to reread passages because the construction was so beautiful that I missed the action. It also happened in reverse and, believe me, you don't want to miss any part of this painful, powerful, and regenerative odyssey through the life of a child in war torn Liberia and as an immigrant. One of the most important memoirs I have read in a long time. Comparable to A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Reconsidering Reagan: Racism, Republicans, and the Road to Trump by Daniel S. Lucks - Book Review

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Published: Beacon Press - August 4th, 2020

Severe critique of Ronald Reagan's record on Civil Rights. Lucks argues that Reagan, while vehemently denying personal animosity toward minorities, consistently and callously advocated and implemented policies that stalled or reversed the prospect of equal rights for all Americans. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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