Biography

The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War by John "Chick" Donohue - Book Review

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War By John "Chick" Donohue, J. T. Molloy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062995476
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 28th, 2021

A U.S. Marine veteran is "drafted" by his friends to undertake a dangerous and unprecedented journey to deliver local beer- and best wishes and familial greetings- to neighborhood “boys” serving in Vietnam. Donohue's travel log features countless tales of his remarkable luck at actually finding his old friends at their war posts without somehow getting himself killed. Along the way, he refreshes our collective memory regarding how poorly enlisted men were treated stateside and, through his first hand account, fills in details of the war itself that many readers may have long since forgotten or never even known. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

In a passage about how a pupil of Eileen Myles describes her teaching method as "throwing a pizza at us", and Nelson's response being, "you should be so lucky to get a pizza in the face from Eileen Myles", makes me believe we should be so lucky to get a book in the face from Maggie Nelson.
What I like most about Nelson's topographic exploration into the nuances of gender and sexual identities is how candid and human she makes every page feel. Joys and pains between her romantic and maternal relationships are underlined by acknowledgements of her own self doubts and triumphs, no matter how fleeting.
Like its author, the Argonauts is too smart to be tied down to any one category of thought or genre, instead you might call it an experience, and you should, it's a blistering experience, one I plan to consume over and over. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - Book Review

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By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

Dr. Angelou's voice is beautiful. The poetic heart and ancient-style wisdom of this phenomenal woman come through clearly as she shares some of her life story and experiences. A must for those who want to know why the caged bird sings. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385547215
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Published: Doubleday - September 7th, 2021

This resounding, evocative, and heartrending memoir is one that will sit in the pit of your stomach long after you've finished. Wang's childhood living undocumented after immigrating from China to Brooklyn is filled with hardships that need to be read to be believed. For those who are privileged enough to not live these experiences, it is of vital importance to read stories like this so that we may begin to understand the struggles, roadblocks, and failing systems faced by those who come here seeking a better life. ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393248524
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 7th, 2021

Elegant yet intimate, Harjo is able to move effortlessly between the past and the present, introducing the reader to ancestors and the inner workings of Harjo herself. Weaving her poetry throughout you are not only intellectually absorbing the spirituality that imbues the poetry you are made aware of of history that makes Harjo not just a great wordsmith but also historian and lore keeper. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Dear William: A Father's Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Loss by David Magee - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781953295682
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Published: Matt Holt - November 2nd, 2021

Magee pivots his own unsavory qualities: a drunken, drug-addicted philanderer who blames everything on his upbringing, into a piercing remembrance of his deceased son. Lucid and revelatory, Dear William seeks, and finds, forgiving light at the end of long, dark tunnel. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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