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Winter Journal
3.85
WINTER JOURNAL. (2012). Paul Auster. **.
I used to be a reader and collector of Paul Auster’s works. Now I use my local library’s system and am just a...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
 
Einstein: His Life and Universe
4.03

EINSTEIN: His Life and Universe. (2007). Walter Isaacson. *****.
This was one of the most engaging biographies that I have read in years. I think that...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
The World is What it Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
4.06
French, Patrick. THE WORLD IS WHAT IT IS. The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul. (2008). ***. About 200 pages into this 500-page biography of Naip...more
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
 
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82
3.78
Darwin, Charles. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES DARWIN 1809-1882. (1958; this ed. 2008). This is a relatively short autobiography that Darwin wrote for...more
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 14, 2010
 
J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The real story behind Peter Pan
3.92
J. M. BARRIE & THE LOST BOYS: The Love Story that Gave Birth to Peter Pan. (1979). Andrew Birkin. ****.
This biography focuses almost entirely on...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
 
Dear Me
3.91
47. Ustinov, Peter. DEAR ME. (1977). *****. It was always a delight to watch Peter when he appeared on TV as a guest on one or another of the talk sho...more
Nov 20, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
 
Muriel Spark: The Biography
3.81
Stannard, Martin. MURIEL SPARK: THE BIOGRAPHY. (2009). Ms. Spark is one of favorite writers, though as I read over the list of her publications I real...more
Nov 12, 2010
Nov 12, 2010
 
Butterfly in the Typewriter: The Short, Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of A Confederacy of Dunces
3.66
BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER: The Tragic Life of John Kennedy Toole and the Remarkable Story of “A Confederacy of Dunces.” (2012). Cory MacLauchlin. **...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
 
Bernard Malamud: A Writer's Life
4.22
BERNARD MALAMUD: A Writer’s Life. (2007). Philip Davis. *****.
This is an excellent analysis of Malamud, his life and his works. The author is obviousl...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
 
Updike
4.27
UPDIKE. (2014). Adam Begley. ****.
Towards the end of his writing career, John Updike suffered a decline in popularity among his readers. There was a t...more
May 04, 2014
May 04, 2014
 
Jim Henson: The Biography
3.97
JIM HENSON: The Biography. (2013). Brian Jay Jones. ****.
Anyone who has kids would know who Jim Henson was. Most of our kids grew up on Sesame Street,...more
Dec 08, 2013
Dec 08, 2013
 
How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate
3.54
HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT WIFE. (2013). Wendy Moore. ***.
Set in Great Britain in the 18th century, this is the story of Thomas Day and his quest to cr...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
 
Tattooed Girl
3.36
THE TATTOOED GIRL: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time. (2011). Dan Burstein, Arne De Keijzer...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
 
A Russian Gentleman
3.52
A RUSSIAN GENTLEMAN. (1846). Sergei Aksakov. ****.
Aksakov (1791-1859) began his writing career when he retired from his civil service job. In all, he...more
Sep 10, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
 
Lafayette
4.32
Unger, Harlow Giles. LAFAYETTE. ((2002). *****. This has got to be one of the best biographies of any historical figure I have read. The author manage...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
 
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
3.89
Stiles, T. J. THE FIRST TYCOON: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. (2010). ****. I’ve been reading this biography in bits and pieces for two weeks...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
 
The Quest for Corvo: An Experiment in Biography
4.16
THE QUEST FOR CORVO: An Experiment in Biography. (1934). A. J. A. Symons. ****.
Back around 1970, I found and read a play called “Hadrian VII,” that I...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
 
Cheever
4.16
Bailey, Blake. CHEEVER: a life. (2009). ****. I always wonder when I encounter a massive biography like this one as to who is the intended audience. A...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
 
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor
3.88
Gooch, Brad. FLANNERY: A Life of Flannery O’Connor. (2009). ****. O’Connor is one of my favorite writers, and I have often re-read her two novels and...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
 
Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right
3.80
10. GODDESS OF THE MARKET: Ayn Rand and the American Right. (2009). Jennifer Burns.****.
Back when “The Fountainhead,” and, later, “Atlas Shrugged” we...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
 
Ake: Years of Childhood
3.87
Soyinka, Wole. AKÉ: The Years of Childhood. (1981). ***1/2. The author is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Ife, Nigeria, and...more
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
 
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
4.12
SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. (2012). Timothy Egan. ***.
Curtis, born in Wisconsin (1868...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
 
Voltaire in Love
3.77
VOLTAIRE IN LOVE. (1957). Nancy Mitford. ****.
Although Voltaire’s works are discussed at length, this chronicle focuses on his relationship with the M...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
 
Madame de Pompadour
3.83
MADAME DE POMPADOUR. (1953). Nancy Mitford. ***.
Written before her book “Voltaire in Love,” this work focuses on the rise and fall of Louis XV and his...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
 
Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life
3.79
Mariani, Paul. GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS: A Life. (2008). ***. This is a well researched, almost scholarly biography of Hopkins that, in the end, leaves y...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 18, 2008
 
Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero
3.66
ELIOT NESS: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero. (2014). Douglas Perry. ***.
Although well researched, the presentation was very dry. I had trouble s...more
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
 
My Autobiography
4.19
MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY. (1964). Charles Chaplin. ****.
Anyone interested in the history of the film industry should have this book on his to-read list. On to...more
May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014
 
Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary
3.94
AL CAPP: A Life to the Contrary. (2013). Michael Schumacher & Denis Kitchen. *****
This is an excellent biography of Capp that manages to highlight...more
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
 
Cleopatra: A Life
3.60
Schiff, Stacy. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE. (2010). ****. I expected another “me too” biography of this Egyptian queen, but read on because of all the positive...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
Here But Not Here
3.08
Ross, Lillian. HERE BUT NOT HERE: My Life With William Shawn and The New Yorker. (1998). ***. William Shawn became the Chief Editor of the magazine af...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
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