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Biography (genre)

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  • Tracking Wallace Stegner's footprints in Vermont's earth

    Tracking Wallace Stegner's footprints in Vermont's earth
    Wallace Stegner wrote books about the American and Canadian West, so it's understandable that people consider the longtime California resident a Western author. Stegner, a prolific novelist, essayist, conservation advocate and professor at Stanford...
  • Book review: Willy Wonka's creator

    Book review: Willy Wonka's creator
    Storyteller The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl Donald Sturrock Simon & Schuster: 658 pp., $30 I was sitting on an airplane with a copy of "Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl" when an elegant woman in the seat next to me murmured,...
  • George Washington, in war and peace

    George Washington, in war and peace
    Washington A Life Ron Chernow Penguin Press: 906 pp., $40 On Dec. 14, 1799, an ominous, fog-like gloom hung over Mount Vernon. Sixty-seven-year-old George Washington was dying. The ex-president, his doctors believed, was suffering from "quinsy" (a...
  • Book review: 'Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty' by Phoebe Hoban

    Book review: 'Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty' by Phoebe Hoban
    Alice Neel The Art of Not Sitting Pretty Phoebe Hoban St. Martin's Press: 479 pp., $35 Here comes that old question, the one that pops up when a new biography of a prominent artist or writer is published: Do we judge an artist by the life or the work?...
  • Book review: 'If Trouble Don't Kill Me' by Ralph Berrier Jr.

    Book review: 'If Trouble Don't Kill Me' by Ralph Berrier Jr.
    If Trouble Don't Kill Me A Family's Story of Brotherhood, War, and Bluegrass Ralph Berrier Jr. Crown: 304 pp., $25 We're all familiar with the standard musician biography: down-and-out upbringing, often involving the death of — or at least...
  • Book review: 'Frank: The Voice' by James Kaplan

    Book review: 'Frank: The Voice' by James Kaplan
    Some years ago, I shared a barber with the late Mel Tormé. It was a small, low-key shop where the talk was usually sports and the music on the radio was always jazz or vocals from the American Songbook. One morning, Tormé and I found ourselves pausing...
  • Book review: Charlotte Chandler's 'Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography'

    Book review: Charlotte Chandler's 'Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, A Personal Biography'
    It hardly seems possible that there could be room for yet another important biography on so iconic a star as Marlene Dietrich, already the subject of a remarkably candid yet detached memoir by her daughter Maria Riva and of the late Steven Bach's...
  • "Joe Louis: Hard Times Man" by Randy Roberts

    "Joe Louis: Hard Times Man" by Randy Roberts
    "Joe Louis: Hard Times Man" By Randy Roberts Yale University Press, 308 pages, $27.50 Joe Louis was a titan, the undisputed heavyweight champion for more than twelve years (and a record 23 title defenses) and, probably, the greatest American hero of...
  • "Grant Wood: A Life" by R. Tripp Evans

    "Grant Wood: A Life" by R. Tripp Evans
    "Grant Wood: A Life" By R. Tripp Evans Knopf, $37.50, 432 pages Controversy attended Grant Wood's iconic and enigmatic painting "American Gothic" from its first public viewing, a juried exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930. The depiction...
  • Book review: 'Franklin and Eleanor' by Hazel Rowley

    Book review: 'Franklin and Eleanor' by Hazel Rowley
    The relationship of Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt has fascinated observers ever since they married. Friends and relatives were surprised in 1905 by the wedding of a handsome, flirtatious, fun-loving mama's boy to his serious-minded cousin, who did...
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day reading for kids

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day reading for kids
    "The Story of Martin Luther King Jr." (2002) By Johnny Ray Moore, illustrated by Amy Wummer Ideals, 21 pages, $6.95 Ages: 1-4 The life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. in easy-to-understand language for small children. "Martin's Big Words: The...
  • Book review: 'The Last Greatest Magician in the World' by Jim Steinmeyer

    Book review: 'The Last Greatest Magician in the World' by Jim Steinmeyer
    The Last Greatest Magician in the World Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards Jim Steinmeyer Tarcher/Penguin: 377 pp., $26.95 It takes some courage to write the biography of a man the reading public has mostly forgotten....