Biography

A Year Without a Name: A Memoir by Cyrus Grace Dunham - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316444965
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 15th, 2019

A selfie of a body in transition. Embarrassed by her breasts and put off by societal expectations, Grace desires masculine embodiment. Cyrus, always consciously present, gradually assumes physical form. The intensely personal transition to honor an honestly gendered identity is rendered unflinchingly, and with grace. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer by Ahmet Altan - Book Review

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By Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Congar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590519929
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Published: Other Press - October 1st, 2019

A trumped up charge, a dingy cell, no prospect for release: brutal reality becomes tangential for Altan. His memories of life and a lifetime of reading fill his mind and heart, and grant him precisely what his jailers wish to deny: release. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson III by Robert A. Caro - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780394720951
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Published: Vintage - April 25th, 2003

This is the best biography--and quite possibly the best book--I've ever read. Caro is not only a master historian, but a brilliant storyteller, whose narrative weaves in enough depth and breadth of Johnson's world to make you feel as if you were right there. Downright brilliant. ~ Reviewed by Ramsay Eyre


The Wonders: The Extraordinary Circus Performers Who Transformed the Victorian Age by John Woolf - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643132204
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Published: Pegasus Books - November 5th, 2019

The freak flag flew high throughout the Victorian Age: the Queen herself was enthralled by General Tom Thumb. Meanwhile, the Siamese Twins, the Bearded Lady, giants, and other unusual personages were paraded by the likes of P.T. Barnum, and carnivals, sideshows, and midways thronged with spectators. Woolf strips away the bluster to reveal authentic people trapped in alarming bodies, who ought to be remembered not as freaks, but wonders. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393345438
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 29th, 2013

Harjo is a shapeshifter, weaving ancestral lore and personal memory, lessons, and experiences of beauty and sharp edges that blend into sublime lyrics in her work and her well-lived life. They are one and the same. This memoir exemplifies her desire to "aim in humanizing and healing" as American Poet Laureate. I did not want this book to end. ~ 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

Educated into extreme fundamentals: Mormonism. Survivalism. White supremacy. Patriarchal preponderance: Tara Westover grows up to not trust herself, even when her active, agile mind accesses great achievement, and carries her far from her family's isolated, Idahoan mountaintop home. Written in a muted, often numbing prose, Westover's memoir replays those extremes' most emotive scenes, recomposing her memories as if as one-acts, staged in their shaping of her character's nature, and so scripted by her having directed them, her self emerging through each script's enactment. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


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