Biography, Autobiography & Memoir

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Oscar Wilde: A Life is elegantly written . . . Dense with detail, it draws the reader into Wilde’s milieu.

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Rebecca Solnit, the author of more than 20 books, might be called an eternal optimist, if not a Pollyanna. Apparently nothing has ever got her down, at least not for long.

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“‘I grew up in an Italian family that, not unusually, put great import on food.’”

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“Perhaps the most important story is Webb’s own, as she shows that we are all imperfect people capable of creating a more perfect world.”

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Some stories are hard to believe, and this is one of them.

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“If there’s one book about music that deserves to be read cover to cover this year it’s Kelefa Sanneh’s Major Labels. It’s bound to be a contemporary classic.”

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For a century and a half, Confederate statesman and former US Senator Judah P. Benjamin was a source of pride to parochial Southern Jews who longed for regional legitimacy and validation.

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Toward the end of the 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a character playing a newspaper man says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

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“Shadmi’s deeply absorbing and moving biography will appeal to Dracula afficionados of all ages.”

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“How history should be written . . . brilliant.”

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“I didn’t start out with grievances against the world, but the world certainly seemed to have grievances against girls and women like me. . . .

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The co-authors of Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, journalist Anderson Cooper and novelist and historian Katherine Howe, posit that the Vanderbilt family suffered from

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Near the end of his endearing memoir, App Kid, the author, Michael Sayman, describes a talk he delivered at Menlo College—in the very heart of Silicon Valley—where he revealed what he call

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Author Andres Resendez has undertaken to tell the story of a little-known voyage across the Pacific Ocean by a small Spanish fleet, one ship of which, the smallest, was led, surprisingly, by a mula

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Hayley Mills is truly a figure from the past. Pollyanna indeed.

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“Written by Helmi’s younger son, Helmi’s Shadow is an absolute candy fix for politophiles and historophiles.”

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“If you are a lover of the game of tennis, admire Rodger Federer, or want to know more about him, The Master is the book for you. . . .

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“This book will help the reader understand a troubled past and see contemporary conflicts between China and the West in a broader perspective.”

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“Their stories of self-sacrifice, professional dedication, and unconditional compassion for everyone who came through the emergency room at MMC are true profiles in courage.”

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This is an enthralling and deceptively small book built around, at first sight, a rather unpromising story line concerning the prolonged struggles of a skinny, underweight boy against the efforts o

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“Bearing witness has never been more important. Cerotti and her grandmother are powerful guides as to why these Holocaust stories matter.”

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“Unfortunately, this isn’t the accurate biography it purports to be.”

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How does one become a psychiatrist? How can anyone understand what makes another person tick?

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