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…

Chasing Me To My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Rembert as told to Erin I. Kelly

Bloomsbury Review by Brian Tanguay A black boy, just young enough to walk through town alone, hears a truck rumbling down the dirt road near a cafe. The truck pulls…

All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me by Patrick Bringley

Simon & Schuster Review by David Starkey What in the world are they thinking, those uniformed museum guards standing in the corners of the galleries, looking alternately stern and bored,…

In Sardinia: An Unexpected Journey by Jeff Biggers

Melville House Review by Linda Lappin Sardinia’s landscapes captivate visitors: pink granite cliffs whipped into weird shapes,  massive  basalt boulders, tawny hills where tiny wild horses roam,  dunes of sparkling…

Don’t Tell Anybody The Secrets I Told You by Lucinda Williams

Crown Review by Brian Tanguay One anecdote in Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You captures the essence of Lucinda Williams, the acclaimed American singer/songwriter. In 1993, Williams won…

A Place in the World by Frances Mayes

Crown Review by Linda Lappin In her new memoir,  A Place in the World: Finding the Meaning of Home,  Frances Mayes, now in her eighties, looks back on the houses,…

True West: Sam Shepard’s Life, Work, and Times by Robert Greenfield

(Crown) Review by Brian Tanguay There are many ways to describe Sam Shepard, but the one word that immediately comes to mind for me is protean. Playwright. Actor. Director. Screenwriter.…