Category Archives: Memoir

In The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

In The First Circle; translated by Harry Willets. Russ Roberts on EconTalk interviewed Kevin McKenna (University of Vermont) about this book. I couldn’t wait to read it. I was warned not to read the 1968 (self-censored) version; yet that’s the … 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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Art Matters by Neil Gaiman

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World is an inspirational coffee table book. But it’s not inspirational, and it’s too small to be a coffee table book. It’s cute but not very serious. It’s a collection of four … Continue reading

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Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite by Roger Daltrey

Needless to say I loved reading Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite. The Who are my favorite Rock artists. I didn’t know what to expect from this book. Roger comes across as a very down-to-earth guy. Maybe the only ‘regular guy’ … Continue reading

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We’ll Be Here For The Rest Of Our Lives by Paul Shaffer

We’ll Be Here For The Rest Of Our Lives: A Swingin’ Show-Biz Saga; co-written by David Ritz Paul Shaffer grew up in Thunder Bay. A nice Jewish boy whose parents filled his head with show business. The book follows him … Continue reading

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My Sisters The Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell

Author Colleen Carroll Campbell had it all:  a great job working in the White House, the perfect husband, and an extremely bright looking future.  Why then, did it seem as if something was missing?  This is an excellent memoir that … Continue reading

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Everybody Is Awful by Jim Florentine

Everybody Is Awful: Except You! Florentine is pretty funny on television, but this book is only occasionally funny. The humor is very crude and vulgar. That might be okay if it weren’t so tedious. If Jim could come up with … Continue reading

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