Category Archives: Memoir or Biography

Paul Robeson: A Watched Man, by Jordan Goodman (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss) Imagine you have a huge talent. You’re a famous actor and singer, and arguably the best-known member of your race on Earth. You have wealth and … Continue reading

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If Only I Could Sleep, by Stephanie Henry (2013)

Through Hell and Back (nb: I received an advance review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Stephanie Henry’s childhood truly sucked. A lot of kids have issues growing up, and maybe everything isn’t sunshine and ponies, but what she endured … Continue reading

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Robert Plant: A Life, by Paul Rees (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) If there’s one artist ever to have epitomized The Rock God, it has to be Robert Plant. His bared chest and waving mane of long … Continue reading

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Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, by Linda Ronstadt (2013)

I should admit this up front: Linda Ronstadt was one of my boyhood crushes. She had those big doe-eyes—and looked lovely in short-shorts—which made her a beautiful young 1970’s woman. But what really moved her to the top of my … Continue reading

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Last Night at The Viper Room, by Gavin Edwards (2013)

I remember watching the news on October 31, 1993. I didn’t usually watch the evening news—I was always either working or at happy hour—but this was a Sunday, so I was probably doing laundry and nursing a hangover. I remember … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend, by Michael Mann (2013)

There are few—if any—actors in the annals of American film like Jimmy Stewart. In films like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Harvey,”–even his darker films, like Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” and “Rear Window,”—audiences felt like they knew the … Continue reading

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Montgomery Clift: A Biography, by Patricia Bosworth (1978)

With “Montgomery Clift: A Biography,” I have to remember that I’m reviewing the book, not the subject. Don’t get me wrong: Monty Clift, to me, is one of the best actors to come out of the 1940’s and 50’s. He … Continue reading

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