Biography

The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812998368
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Published: Random House - May 21st, 2019

Mulish, pugnacious, and racist, President Andrew Johnson foiled civil rights, disdained Reconstruction, and promoted white supremacy. His policies provoked his impeachment, and the country lurched from a horrifying Civil War to an uncharted Constitutional crisis which threatened to spill political, and human blood. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476796628
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Published: Scribner - October 2nd, 2018

Krug examines personal and collective German heritage and history uniquely, through drawings, sketches, notebooks, photos, and original text. Traveling from her American home to Germany, she sees long-lost relatives, and discovers she cannot escape, and must reconcile, her family's direct associations with Germany's Nazi past. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524732714
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Published: Knopf - January 15th, 2019

Inheritance is about memory, love, loss and self, all things often written about but here the truth of identity is weighty and profound. But never sloppy or over sentimental. In a truly astonishing personal twist to the social/scientific fad of DNA testing, Shapiro tells her personal story in nail tearing detail. You know what I mean the half painful, sometimes necessary ripping of a nail when no clippers are available. I read this book in one sitting and if you don't think this story could apply to you - just read the 1st paragraph. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

A hilarious look into Lockwood's experience moving back in with her zany Catholic parents as a married adult. The author's father who just so happens to be an unconventional priest will simultaneously confuse you while leaving you in stitches because of his shenanigans. Easily one of the most unique and bizarrely charming memoirs I have ever read! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399589287
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Published: Random House - March 19th, 2019

Our nation's first female Supreme Court Justice took an incremental approach to the law. Avoiding sweeping judgments, grandiose language, and cutting dissents, she approached each case rationally and realistically. O'Connor's flexibility placed her in the middle of an often divided court, and made her, during her tenure, the most influential jurist in America. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Why Religion?: A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062368539
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Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2018

Elaine Pagels is a personal favorite of mine who is an impeccable scholar of Religious History. This time in an intimate memoir that is is so eloquent and elegant- even as your bones feel the scrape of anguish of the internal tumult of Pagels' story; the priority of understanding the gospels is a focus that helps her core being. "Why Religion" also poses the question of why and how does Religion still exists at all in the 21st century; why is Hope inherent in Faith? What I appreciate is how her scholarship became more honed, her clear sightedness never wavered through her tragedies. This is truly a great memoir on so many levels. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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