Category Archives: Biography

Petty by Warren Zanes

I enjoyed reading Petty: The Biography. I wish I had read this book before Tom Petty died. Every chapter was bittersweet. As a huge fan of Petty, every chapter brought back dozens of memories from my own life. The book … Continue reading

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In Search of Silence by Samuel R. Delany

In Search of Silence: The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume I, 1957-1969; edited by Kenneth R. James. I wasn’t sure how I was going to read this. But I was always going to read it. Delany is one of … Continue reading

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Respect by David Ritz

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin A candid look at a great soul singer and troubled woman. B+ 500 pages Amazon Book Preview of “Respect”

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Lafayette by Marc Leepson

From Goodreads:  “The Marquis de Lafayette is an icon of American—and French—history. Lafayette’s life story is the stuff of legend. Born into an aristocratic French family of warriors, made lieutenant in the French Royal Guard at age 14, and married into … Continue reading

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Shakey by Jimmy McDonough

Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography I’m a fan of Neil Young’s music, so I enjoyed reading about his life. This biography jumps around a little bit, but considering the subject it makes sense. Neil comes across as pretty flaky, but something … Continue reading

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Mao: The Unknown Story by Jang Chung

Jang Chung is the author of The Wild Swans, a favorite book of mine, so I had no trepidation in reading another chunkster of her books, Mao: The Unknown Story.  Written as a non-fiction historical account of Chairman Mao’s life, Jang Chung … Continue reading

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My Father’s Paradise by Ariel Sabar

Author Ariel Sabar grew up in California, but his father’s family were Kurdish Jews who came from a mountainous village called Zakho in northern Iraq.  The people of this region were among the last to speak the ancient language of … Continue reading

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