Category Archives: Memoir or Biography

Capote: A Biography, by Gerald Clarke (2010, e-book 2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) After he published “In Cold Blood,” Truman Capote was the most famous writer in America, if not the world. Its novelesque telling of a true … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart: The Biography, by Michael Mann (2013)

A Beautifully Rendered Portrait of a Wonderful Life 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” … Continue reading

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Holidays in Hell, by P.J. O’Rourke (1988)

My good friend Amy is an honors student in journalism. She’s about to start her Senior Year as editor-in-chief of her college newspaper. Anyway, something she mentioned in a recent blog post was that she’d left for college, certain that … Continue reading

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Roads to Berlin, by Cees Nooteboom (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) “Whoever writes a book in a fluid political situation is writing on an icefloe.” In many ways, that’s the most telling line in Dutch author Cees … Continue reading

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The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese, by Michael Paterniti (2013)

A Big, Beautiful Story of Life, Friendship, and Cheese This epic story begins with a story. As a post-graduate student with an MFA in Creative Writing, Michael Paterniti—like many or most MFA’s in Creative Writing—was finding it nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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The Wet and the Dry, by Lawrence Osborne (2013)

The Intrepid Global Search for a Decent Gin & Tonic (nb: I received an advance review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss) During my drinking days (daze?), my home bar was a little sports bar called Gamble’s. … Continue reading

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Life, by Keith Richards (2009)

Any book that starts off about a road trip with Ronnie Wood through backwoods Arkansas in a car full to the rafters with weed is not going to be boring, and Keith Richards’s autobiography, “Life,” is rarely that. “Life” recounts … Continue reading

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