Reflections from the Shadow of Los Angeles: A Very Brief Memoir by Byron Schneider

Impervious Press Review by Brian Tanguay My only regret about Reflections from the Shadow of Los Angeles is, as the subtitle suggests, that it is very brief. I wanted to…

Lou Reed: The King of New York by Will Hermes

Farrar, Straus and Giroux Review by George Yatchisin Will Hermes admits he’s on a fool’s errand with the opening quote of the preface to his 529 page biography of Lou…

Nothing Stays Put: The Life and Poetry of Amy Clampitt by Willard Spiegelman | Jane Kenyon: The Making of a Poet by Dana Greene

Knopf | Illinois Review by David Starkey Some striking similarities emerge between the subjects of Willard Spiegelman’s Nothing Stays Put: The Life and Poetry of Amy Clampitt and Dana Greene’s…

The Life and Lies of Charles Dickens by Helena Kelly

Pegasus Review by Walter Cummins Not only could the title of Zadie Smith’s latest novel, The Fraud, be appropriate for Helena Kelly’s exposé of the many biographical deceptions she has…

Bloom: On Becoming an Artist Later in Life by Janice Mason Steeves

Friesen Review by Linda Lappin Painter and art educator Janice Mason Steeves came to art quite by chance late in life after a friend invited her to attend a pottery…

Becoming Beauvoir: A Life by Kate Kirkpatrick

Bloomsbury Review by Walter Cummins I decided to read Becoming Beauvoir when I came across this endorsement in a review excerpt: “Here we finally have a biography that makes Beauvoir’s…

A Splendid Intelligence: The Life of Elizabeth Hardwick by Cathy Curtis

Norton Review by Brian Tanguay “There is simply no accounting for her gifts. She was a unicorn, born among horses.”  So wrote author and cultural critic William Deresiewicz in “The…

August Wilson: A Life by Patti Hartigan

Simon & Schuster Review by Brian Tanguay August Wilson’s cycle of ten plays, one set in each decade of the 20th century, which include the critically acclaimed Joe Turner’s Come…

Misfit: Growing Up Awkward in the ’80s by Gary Gulman

Flatiron Review by George Yatchisin Gary Gulman is the kind of comedian you figured had a book in him, given his love of words and language that helped him craft…

The Talk by Darrin Bell

Henry Holt Review by David Starkey Darrin Bell’s The Talk joins James Spooner’s The High Desert as the second superb memoir published within a twelve month’s span about growing up…