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Best Biographies of 2013

  • NONFICTION

    KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING

    OCT. 1, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING

by Stanley Crouch

A story rich in musical history and poignant with dramatic irony. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    JOHNNY CASH

    OCT. 29, 2013

NONFICTION

JOHNNY CASH

by Robert Hilburn

The personal knowledge aided by extensive archival research and always compelling, accessible writing make this an... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE BROTHERS

    OCT. 1, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE BROTHERS

by Stephen Kinzer

A well-documented and shocking reappraisal of two of the shapers of the American century. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BOOK OF AGES

    OCT. 1, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

BOOK OF AGES

by Jill Lepore

Jane Franklin was an amazing woman who raised her children and grandchildren while still having the time to read and think... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HAMMARSKJÖLD

    MARCH 18, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HAMMARSKJÖLD

by Roger Lipsey

A good and indispensable man, Hammarsjköld “understood and respected the need for heroes.” In this lucid, well-written... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DREADFUL

    JUNE 4, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

DREADFUL

by David Margolick

Not a fun read, but a wonderfully crafted portrait of a tormented homosexual writer. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    ROBERT OPPENHEIMER

    MAY 14, 2013

NONFICTION

ROBERT OPPENHEIMER

by Ray Monk

A top-notch biography of Oppenheimer to sit alongside Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin’s American Prometheus (2006). Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT WIFE

    APRIL 9, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT WIFE

by Wendy Moore

A darkly enlightening tale—thoroughly researched, gracefully written—about Enlightenment thought, male arrogance and the... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DUKE

    OCT. 21, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

DUKE

by Terry Teachout

Like most Ellington albums, Teachout's in-depth, well-researched, loving study of this American treasure is an instant... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FOSSE

    NOV. 5, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

FOSSE

by Sam Wasson

Graceful prose creates a richly detailed and poignant portrait, simultaneously inspiring and depressing. Full review >

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