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Biography

Rebel Cinderella
Biography
Ann Ronald

Rebel Cinderella

REBEL CINDERELLA Adam Hochschild renews my faith in biographers and the art of biography. Rebel Cinderella models the very best of this sort of intellectual

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Gertrude Stein has Arrived
Biography
Ann Ronald

Gertrude Stein Has Arrived

GERTRUDE STEIN HAS ARRIVED In 1933-34, just after Gertrude Stein published The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas to great acclaim, the writer and her faithful

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Biography
Neal Ferguson

The Bonanza King

THE BONANZA KING: JOHN MACKAY AND THE BATTLE OVER THE GREATEST RICHES IN THE AMERICAN WEST Gregory Couch’s The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the

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Biography
Ann Ronald

Loving Eleanor and White Houses

LOVING ELEANOR AND WHITE HOUSES Blanche Wiesen Cook’s three-volume definitive biography of Eleanor Roosevelt inspired both Susan Wittig Albert and Amy Bloom to write novels

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Grant
Biography
Neal Ferguson

Grant

GRANT After reading Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, I had some trepidation about opening his newest book, Grant. I didn’t think he could surpass Hamilton (see

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Biography
Neal Ferguson

Prairie Fires

PRAIRIE FIRES: THE AMERICAN DREAMS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER When I saw a publication notice for Fraser’s Prairie Fires, I was immediately intrigued. Put simply,

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Biography
Ann Ronald

What Happened, Miss Simone?

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? Alan Light’s biography of Nina Simone rhetorically asks, What Happened, Miss Simone? The answer turns out to be a complicated one.

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Authors of color
Ann Ronald

Hidden Figures

HIDDEN FIGURES: THE STORY OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WHO HELPED WIN THE SPACE RACE I have always argued that equal education for all should be

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Biography
Neal Ferguson

Victoria the Queen

VICTORIA THE QUEEN: AN INTIMATE BIOGRAPHY OF THE WOMAN WHO RULED AN EMPIRE The inevitable question I am asked: is the TV series recently aired

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Biography
Ann Ronald

The Blue Tattoo

THE BLUE TATTOO: THE STORY OF OLIVE OATMAN A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682) set guidelines for a

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Biography
Neal Ferguson

The Invention of Nature

The Invention of Nature – Alexander von Humboldt’s New World Territorial Nevadans in the 19th century considered naming their new state-to-be Humboldt. Instead, the famous

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Biography
Ann Ronald

Queen’s Gambit

Queen’s Gambit: A Novel of Katherine Parr Successful historical novels draw the reader into a bygone milieu, bringing historic characters to life while describing colorful

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