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John Lennon: The Life
4.15
really liked it
"In September 2003, I suggested to John's widow, Yoko Ono, that I should become his biographer," writes Philip Norman in the Acknowledgements section ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
 
The Lives of John Lennon
3.34
it was amazing
If I had to choose my all-time favorite book -- biography or otherwise -- this would probably be it. Certainly, the fact that it's about a Beatle auto ...more
Jan 1998
Jul 09, 2008
 
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
3.59
liked it
An informative, almost clincal, look at the people and personalities involved in bringing Sesame Street to life. Manage your expectations, though -- t ...more
Jan 15, 2009
Dec 30, 2008
 
The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture
3.48
really liked it
(full review appears at the Washington Independent Review of Books)

I don’t like Noah Webster. He’s arrogant and antisocial. He’s obsessive-compulsive
...more
Apr 2011
Jun 01, 2011
 
Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of The Brady Bunch as Told by the Father/Son Team who Really Know
3.18
it was ok
If you're a Brady Bunch junkie, you're not going to be able to resist this one, regardless of whatever you might read here. And a book written by the ...more
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
 
The Lennon Prophecy: A New Examination of the Death Clues of the Beatles
3.29
did not like it
**spoiler alert** One of the more fun and fascinating bits of Beatles lore has always been the whole “Paul Is Dead” hoax. The story spun by that parti ...more
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
 
Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney
3.77
liked it
It's getting harder and harder to write a Beatles book that breaks away from the pack, but Sounes gives it a good effort -- especially since he's tryi ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Nov 10, 2010
 
Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
4.33
it was amazing
There's a moment from the film Pulp Fiction that ended up on the cutting room floor in which Mia Wallace asks Vincent Vega whether he's an Elvis man o ...more
Jan 1999
Jul 09, 2008
 
Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood
4.06
liked it
While this book calls itself the "authoritative biography," it's really just a collection of interviews with people who knew Ed Wood and worked with h ...more
Oct 28, 2010
Oct 27, 2010
 
The Beatles Off the Record
4.09
really liked it
A terrific primary source -- but definitely not for those who are unfamiliar with the Beatles and their story. This isn't a biography, it's transcript ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Oct 21, 2008
 
Chaplin: A Life
3.54
really liked it
I’m normally wary of biographies that attempt to put their chosen subject “on the couch.” I know it’s tempting, when writing about artists, writers, o ...more
Mar 2009
Nov 05, 2008
 
Clapton: The Autobiography
3.82
liked it
Not bad. While I'm an enormous admirer of his music -- especially of his commitment to old school blues -- I didn't know much about Clapton going into ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
 
My Boring-Ass Life (New Edition): The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith
3.69
liked it
Yeah, you'll learn his morning bathroom habits, his tendency to fall asleep to TiVo'd episodes of The Simpsons or Law & Order, and pretty much any ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
 
Funny, Peculiar: The True Story of Benny Hill
3.90
really liked it
Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn brings the same pop culture awareness and spry writing style he lavishes on the Boys to one of England's most watched and ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
 
Batman: Batman and Son/The Black Glove
3.78
liked it
I really enjoyed Morrison's first blast on Batman -- especially the little nods to the Silver Age stories that so many fans want to pretend never happ ...more
Mar 14, 2015
Mar 14, 2015
 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.87
really liked it
Absolutely marvelous. Martin explains why he thinks his kind of comedy works, and how he developed it. Plenty of fascinating vignettes about life in t ...more
Nov 02, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
 
The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams
4.17
None
not set
Mar 14, 2014
 
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
4.12
it was amazing
None
Dec 09, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
 
Everybody is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations
3.48
really liked it
None
Mar 31, 2010
Dec 10, 2009
 
Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise
3.89
really liked it
None
Aug 06, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
 
Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power
4.08
really liked it
None
Apr 22, 2011
Feb 18, 2010
 
Shootin' the Shit with Kevin Smith: The Best of the SModcast
3.84
liked it
None
Jun 22, 2011
Mar 11, 2010
 
R. Crumb's America
3.86
None
not set
Mar 11, 2010
 
Orson Welles, Vol. 2: Hello Americans
4.22
None
not set
Jun 16, 2009
 
The Complete Peanuts, 1971-1974
4.71
None
not set
Mar 25, 2010
 
Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles
3.82
really liked it
None
Jun 25, 2010
Apr 06, 2010
 
Age of TV Heroes: The Live-Action Adventures of Your Favorite Comic Book Characters
4.00
None
not set
Apr 27, 2010
 
All My Shows Are Great: The Life of Lew Grade
3.50
it was ok
None
Aug 10, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
 
But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet
3.77
really liked it
None
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
 
Film Writing and Selected Journalism
4.51
None
not set
Aug 18, 2010
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