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March 18, 2020
Alex Kotlowitz's `An American Summer' wins Lukas Book Prize
Alex Kotlowitz's “An American Summer,” an intimate chronicle of gun violence in Chicago, has won the J. Anthony Lukas Book ...
February 25, 2020
Review: A poet is revealed through 10 key days of her life
“These Fevered Days,” W.W. Norton & Company, by Martha Ackmann Once again, Emily Dickinson is having a moment. The reclusive ...
January 01, 2020
T.S. Eliot letters to muse to be unveiled after 60 years
After more than 60 years spent sealed up in a library storage facility, about 1,000 letters written by poet T.S. Eliot to ...
December 31, 2019
Review: Carrie Fisher bio as sharp, endearing as its subject
“Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge” (Sarah Crichton Books; Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Sheila Weller “Star Wars” fans may ...
December 03, 2019
Robert Massie, who popularized Russian history, dead at 90
Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who specialized in best-selling and critically praised biographies of ...
November 20, 2019
Walter Minton, US publisher of ‘Lolita,‘ dies at 96
Walter J. Minton, a publishing scion and risk taker with a self-described "nasty streak" who as head of G.P. Putnam's Sons ...
November 19, 2019
Book about Jack the Ripper’s victims wins nonfiction prize
A book that seeks to restore the humanity of the women murdered by Jack the Ripper has won Britain’s leading nonfiction ...
November 19, 2019
Don’t overlook splashy coffee table books as holiday gifts
Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche, especially when the cost would be ...
November 12, 2019
Review: 'Life Isn't Everything' toasts director Mike Nichols
"Life isn't everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 103 of his closest friends," Henry Holt and Co., by Ash Carter and Sam ...
November 11, 2019
Reflections on writing about the lives of Beckett, Beauvoir
"Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir," Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, by Deirdre Bair Deirdre Bair ...
November 06, 2019
Review: Fine biography focuses on Brando's internal struggle
"The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando," Harper, by William J. Mann Marlon Brando made no apologies for being an ...
October 22, 2019
New Stritch bio reveals vulnerability behind the moxy
"Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch," Farrar, Straus and Giroux, by Alexandra Jacobs As the ...
October 21, 2019
Genre-bending bio of Thomas Edison is highly illuminating
"Edison," Random House, by Edmund Morris The late Edmund Morris, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer known for his ...
October 16, 2019
Hollywood 'fixer' Scotty Bowers dies; he wrote tell-all book
Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such ...
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