Tag: biographies

They Are the Most Interesting Men and Women in the World
By October 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

They Are the Most Interesting Men and Women in the World

If the acquiring editors have it right, Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who played “the most interesting man in the world” in the Dos Equis beer commercials, doesn’t just play an interesting man on TV: he’s pretty interesting in real life, too. Earlier this week, Galleycat shared news that the character actor has signed with Dutton to […]

By September 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Born to Run

On Tuesday, rock legend Bruce Springsteen released his autobiography, Born to Run (Simon & Schuster), which June Sawyer lauds in her starred Booklist review: “Through the magic of his songs, and now the wizardry of his prose, Springsteen has healed many a heart by reimagining moments from his own life.” In the video above, Springsteen describes the origins of […]

Reviews of the Week: Arthur Herman, Patricia McCormick, Eric Mextas, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Arthur Herman, Patricia McCormick, Eric Mextas, and more!

Monday June 6 If You Can Keep It by Eric Metaxas In a goofy bobblehead of Nathan Hale, created by waggish Yale alums, Metaxas discerns a disturbing symptom of a cultural disease afflicting America. Evident in the myriad ways that many Americans now ignore or deprecate all that is noble and inspiring in their country’s history, […]

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10 Great Books about the Greatest

10 Great Books about the Greatest

Muhammad Ali inspired book after book of every kind—including Neil Liefer and Thomas Hauser’s epic Muhammad Ali, Memories, which landed him on the cover of Booklist in 1993. Here, we’ve turned to the archives to bring you 10 great titles about the Greatest for adults and young readers. The original Booklist reviews are excerpted—and linked—below. For Adults Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Biography and Audiobook Showcase

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on Biography and Audiobook Showcase

The June 1 & 15 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 414 new reviews and 15 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe […]

A Hillary for All Seasons: Four Children’s Books about the Woman Who Would Be President

A Hillary for All Seasons: Four Children’s Books about the Woman Who Would Be President

With the 2016 election only a year off, the current Democrat frontrunners are Hillary, Hillary, and Hillary—at least in the number of children’s books about her. Over the summer, a reporter e-mailed to ask about Hillary Clinton books aimed at kids for an article she was writing. I replied that almost all of the titles […]

Behind Blue Eyes: James Kaplan’s Sinatra: The Chairman
By November 3, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Behind Blue Eyes: James Kaplan’s Sinatra: The Chairman

A remarkable and wide-ranging study of Frank Sinatra’s second act. It would be easy to label Kaplan’s massive two-volume biography of Frank Sinatra—this second volume checks in at 992 pages, following the 786-page first installment, Frank: The Voice (2010)—as an example of massive overkill, but such an assessment would miss the mark entirely. This is not […]

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Ada Lovelace: Not Your Ordinary Science Heroine
By October 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Ada Lovelace: Not Your Ordinary Science Heroine

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. If you’re scratching your head and saying, “Well, that’s great, but who was Ada Lovelace?”—here are some titles that will help answer that question. (For a quick take on her unconventional character, read Hannah Fry’s “Not Your Typical […]

Gore Vidal Revisited: Jay Parini’s Empire of Self
By October 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Gore Vidal Revisited: Jay Parini’s Empire of Self

A veteran biographer and longtime friend offers a buoyant account of a major figure in American letters. From the outset of this major life story of American novelist and essayist Gore Vidal, Parini, highly regarded novelist, poet, and biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995; Robert Frost, 1999), does not hide his friendship with the great and greatly […]

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James Dean: Still Mumbling after All These Years
By September 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

James Dean: Still Mumbling after All These Years

It was 60 years ago today, September 30, 1955, when James Dean drove his Porsche 550 Spyder into the driver’s side of another car (a Ford Tudor). Dean was killed instantly while the other driver walked away with a few bruises. That this very young actor, 24 when he died, remains a film icon on […]