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Biography

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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Neal Ferguson

The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers Obsession may be in the eye of the beholder. Maybe. If anyone has ever been obsessed, the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville,

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Neal Ferguson

Robert Oppenheimer

Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center Ray Monk previously wrote an excellent biography of Bertrand Russell in which he helped me, at least temporarily,

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Ann Ronald

Circling the Sun

When I reviewed Paula McLain’s previous novel, The Paris Wife, I described it as a “psychologically astute portrayal” of Ernest Hemingway’s first spouse. Indeed I

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Dan Erwine

Mantan the Funnyman

Mantan the Funnyman, The Life and Times of Mantan Moreland Mantan Moreland was a comedian and actor in old-time movies and was usually seen playing

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Ann Ronald

Book of Ages

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin Virginia Woolf, writing A Room of One’s Own, invented a sister for Shakespeare. Judith Shakespeare,

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Sunny Solomon

The Ox-Bow Man

The Ox-Bow Man, A Biography of Walter Van Tilburg Clark The Ox-Bow Man is the biography of Walter Van Tilburg Clark, a man who loved

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Neal Ferguson

Elizabeth of York

 Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World Alison Weir, author of fourteen books on Medieval and Renaissance Britain, has now written about nearly

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Ann Ronald

The Aviator’s Wife

When Anne Morrow, the daughter of well-do-do parents, graduated from Smith College, she immediately married an American icon, Colonel Charles Lindbergh, the man who recently

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Sunny Solomon

Carol and John Steinbeck

Carol and John Steinbeck, Portrait of a Marriage I’d been on a Steinbeck jag (reviewing Steinbeck’s Ghost, rereading The Long Valley, browsing through Harvest Gypsies, and finally reading

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Elephant Company
Biography
Neal Ferguson

Elephant Company

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Save Lives in World War II What do Elephants really want?

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Neal Ferguson

Fierce Patriot

Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman The American Civil War lives on in our imaginations. A few of the war’s events can

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Ann Ronald

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

“Did all women married to well-known men struggle for recognition?” So Robert Louis Stevenson muses in Under the Wide and Starry Sky, Nancy Horan’s new

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Ann Ronald

The Paris Wife, #2

Why do we need yet another book about the life and times of Ernest Hemingway, especially when there are already so many good ones? Because

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Dylan the Biography
Biography
Dan Erwine

Dylan the Biography

“The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” So what was the question? At seventy-two, Bob Dylan’s hundreds of songs have become an iconic part

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