Biography

Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult by Faith Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062952455
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Published: William Morrow - November 30th, 2021

The moment Faith is born she's thrown into the world and intense rituals of The Family, a religious movement of free love and disciplined rules started by her grandfather in the 1960s. As she grows and matures Faith faces mental and sexual abuse leading to her eventual break away from the dangerous cult that previously ruled her life. Fans of Educated and true crime junkies will love this tale of hope, survival, and self acceptance. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812986952
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 17th, 2022

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Andrea Elliott shows in the most vivid detail possible the day to day reality of poverty and homelessness through the lives of one family in New York City. It is nearly impossible to encapsulate what this family endures. The focus is on Dasani, the oldest child in the family, as she and her siblings are moved from homeless shelter to public housing to the homes of family members to foster homes. It is a story full of contradictions, heroes and villains, hope and heartbreak. Elliott has written an impossible to ignore masterpiece about this country and our neighbors. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385543101
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Published: Doubleday - May 17th, 2022

Millard brings her vigorous research and readability to the 19th Century quest to find the source of the Nile. Two Englishmen, Richard Burton and John Speke, collaborated, then competed with each other in the search, where the raw beauty and danger of the unexplored African subcontinent is palpable, and where survival, and sanity, are not guaranteed. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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

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Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk By Sasha LaPointe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640094147
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Published: Counterpoint - March 8th, 2022

This memoir blew me away! Though it is more than an autobiography, it is much more a treatise on genetic/ ancestral memory and haunted landscapes both physical and metaphysical. It is also a poetic grammar of grief and surviving physical and emotional abuse all channeled through the native traditions of The Pacific Northwest Salish in particular. Intensely, ferociously personal and beautiful. One of the most profound memoirs of miscarriage and the grief that surrounds it that I have ever read. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers by Ken Krimstein - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635573701
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 16th, 2021

A beautifully curated collection of anonymous autobiographies written by Yiddish youth in the years shortly before WW2, When I Grow Up perfectly encapsulates the anxieties of entering adulthood as the world enters war. Krimstein's narrative and illustrations breathe new life into these short, poignant stories making their contents even more vulnerable and heart wrenching. A wonderful read for all ages, and a true introduction to Yiddish culture. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming - Book Review

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The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece By Laura Cumming Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476762180
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Published: Scribner - November 8th, 2016

Art and obsession fuse 17th Century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez and obscure 19th Century English bookseller John Snare. Cumming traces Snare's single-minded devotion to a Velazquez painting of England's Prince Charles, and hazards acute perceptions of how art can provoke passion, addiction, and mania. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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