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Biography

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Diving for Pearls: A Thinking Journey with Hannah Arendt

By Kathleen B. Jones

Rating:  star star star star star 

DIVING FOR PEARLS is, in effect, a dual biography of Kathleen Jones and Hannah Arendt, a journey in which Jones explores Arendt’s life and works for insight into her own life and the human condition in general.

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Dolly Vardon

By Anton Holden

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is the life story of Dolly Vardon, born as an illegitimate child to a Victorian cook, boarded out with a woman she called “Mums” Dodd for most of her childhood, and essentially sold as a teenage sex slave to Harry Sidney Nichols, a bookseller with a pornography obsession and a foot fetish.

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The Improbable Return Of Coco Chanel

By Richard Parker

Rating:  star star star star star 

Richard Parker has quite a tale to tell about his months working as Coco Chanel’s assistant during the design and construction of the Chanel Perfume Showroom in New York.

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Rhythm for Sale

By Grant Harper Reid

Rating:  star star star star star 

The biography of Leonard Harper reads like a who’s who of the African American performers who collaborated with Harper: Duke Ellington, Bricktop, Fats Waller, and Lena Horne. Reid digs up the rumor that even Fred Astaire took a few steps out of Harper’s playbook.

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Pulling Taffy

By Tinky Weisblat

Rating:  star star star star star 

Pulling Taffy tells the story of Tinky Weisblat’s relationship with her mother, who is in the last year of her life due to the encroaching onslaught of Alzheimer’s.

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The Forger’s Apprentice

By Mark Forgy

Rating:  star star star star star 

Having failed to create much of a stir in the art world working under his own name, painter Elmyr de Hory carved out a niche as someone who could produce convincing forgeries.

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The Burly Man

By Zachary E. Lewis

Rating:  star star star star star 

Zachary Lewis, a.k.a “The Burly Man”, writes an insightful and intimate biographical journal disclosing his struggle with Polymyositis, a rare and painful autoimmune disorder.

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Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

By Jack Mayer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is the true story of three young woman who, despite their own personal tragedies, get together to do a high school history project, only to stumble upon an unexpected shared passion for finding the truth.

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The Burly Man

By Zachary Lewis

Rating:  star star star star star 

Zachary Lewis, aka “The Burly Man”, writes an insightful and intimate biographical journal disclosing his struggle from his very first symptom until the definite diagnosis of Polymyositis, a rare and painful autoimmune disorder.

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Unvanquished: Joseph Pilsudski, Resurrected Poland, and the Struggle for Eastern Europe

By Peter Hetherington

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Unvanquished” is an important and majestic biography as complex, as engrossing, and as important as its subject. It’s required reading for anyone who wants to understand all of Europe as well as Poland.

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Virgil Fox (The Dish): An Irreverent Biography of the Great American Organist

By Richard Torrence & Marshall Yaeger

Rating:  star star star star star 

The great concert organist, Virgil Fox, dominated the classical organ field from the mid-1940’s until his death in 1980. His flamboyant personality and lifestyle matched his outsized playing style, and this book covers them both.