Biography, Autobiography & Memoir

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“‘Barely had you arrived in this world that you had to leave it, sweetheart . . . Too precocious, too uncompromising, too talented.’”

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James Ivory, now 93 and no longer making films, is one of the most distinguished American filmmakers of the last half-century.

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“Wilson has created a panoramic saga of cruelty, injustice, loyalty, and devotion.

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“As a biography of the title character, Miss Dior falls short, but as an exceptional discussion on France during WWII and the couture industry, it is fascinating reading and will n

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Forget what you think you know about Henry Kissinger—the professor-careerist who left Nelson Rockefeller to get a job with Richard Nixon, the security assistant who expanded  the Vietnam War into C

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A thoughtful and admiring account of a young British man’s rise from lackluster roots to world fame as a science fiction writer.”

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A splendid appreciation, from one master to another, written with great warmth, fervor, and intelligence.”

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You should read this book if you want to know more about the politics and personal style of Russian president Vladimir Putin and US politics in the Trump era.

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“The first thing I learned about parenting is that kids ain’t goin’ nowhere.”

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Nothing that Wheatcroft writes can erase Churchill’s greatness. At one of the darkest hours of human history, Churchill saved Western Civilization.”

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“A fascinating page-turner, Rogues’ Gallery will appeal to true crime buffs and anyone interested in the dark side of life in late 19th century New York City.”

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“Marton’s prologue and epilogue sum up Merkel’s astounding political life, and yet all the chapters in between are what provide the immaculate details of how she came to be Angela Merkel.”

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“The author explains the important feminine side of a royal court with the histories of two of the mistresses of Great Britain’s famous monarchs, George I and II.”

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After a quick perusal through Amazon, this reader found well over 20 titles devoted to Christian Dior, the man, the brand, and just about any tangential subject attached to the name, including his

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

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

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