Biography

Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe by David Maraniss - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476748412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

Great from the first page to the last. Thorpe's colossal athletic achievements propelled him to a nearly mythological status, which belied his post-Olympic false starts, bad marriages, and financial insecurity. Yet it is not Thorpe the myth, but Thorpe the flawed man that achieves, through his innate decency, a hard-won dignity. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593498064
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Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022

Zamora's first work of prose is a stunning, nearly moment-to-moment recounting of his seven week, 3000 mile journey as a nine year old from El Salvador to the Arizona desert. No family members accompanied him. His parents had already fled the civil war in their home country. Led by one coyote or pollero after another, Javier joined a group of strangers who traveled by bus, boat and foot, on a harrowing, traumatizing journey to join his parents in the United States. Through a nearly unbelievable force of will and the care of three strangers who became his second family, Javier made it. An incredible, unforgettable work of literature. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


The Family Outing: A Memoir by Jessi Hempel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063079014
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Published: HarperOne - October 4th, 2022

The whole Hempel family stops being repressed. But it takes a long time. Jessi Hempel's self-absorption and dizzying number of flings are balanced by a growing interest in her parents and siblings, all of whom embark on rocky roads to self-realization. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643753287
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 16th, 2022

This collection of jewel-like essays is a gift to be savored. While acknowledging the ways in which our world can be ugly and broken, Ross Gay finds delights - both large and small - and reminds us, in perfect lyrical prose, how to appreciate them. This is a rare book that can help make hard times a little easier. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


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


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