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    SEPT. 1, 2015

NONFICTION

THE HOUSE OF TWENTY THOUSAND BOOKS

by Sasha Abramsky

If you finish this brilliantly realized book thinking you need to own more books, you’re to be forgiven. A wonderful... Full review >

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    IRREPRESSIBLE

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

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by Emily Bingham

Deeply researched, Bingham’s engrossing biography brings her glamorous, tormented ancestor vividly to life. Full review >

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by John Szwed

As with the best of Holiday’s music, this elegant and perceptive study is restrained, nuanced, and masterfully carried out. Full review >

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    MAY 12, 2015

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

REAGAN

by H.W. Brands

An exemplary work of history that should bring Reagan a touch more respect in some regards but that removes the halo at the... Full review >

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    ETERNITY'S SUNRISE

    OCT. 27, 2015

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

ETERNITY'S SUNRISE

by Leo Damrosch

General readers looking for a challenge will love this book and will dive into Blake’s work. Many will find him just too far... Full review >

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    THE LAST LOVE SONG

    AUG. 25, 2015

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE LAST LOVE SONG

by Tracy Daugherty

A dogged biographer elicits from Didion’s life much more than tidy observations of “morality and culture.” Full review >

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    OUR MAN IN CHARLESTON

    JULY 21, 2015

HISTORY

OUR MAN IN CHARLESTON

by Christopher Dickey

A great book explaining the workings of what Dickey calls an erratic, cobbled-together coalition of ferociously independent... Full review >

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    ALL THE WILD THAT REMAINS

    APRIL 20, 2015

NONFICTION

ALL THE WILD THAT REMAINS

by David Gessner

Stegner and Abbey “are two who have lighted my way,” nature writer Wendell Berry admitted. They have lighted the way for... Full review >

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    SAM PHILLIPS

    NOV. 10, 2015

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

SAM PHILLIPS

by Peter Guralnick

A wonderful story that brings us deep into that moment when America made race music its own and gave rise to the rock sound... Full review >

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    ELEANOR MARX

    FEB. 24, 2015

NONFICTION

ELEANOR MARX

by Rachel Holmes

A full-fleshed, thrilling portrait, troubling and full of family secrets. Full review >

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    MAY 5, 2015

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    TY COBB

    MAY 12, 2015

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

TY COBB

by Charles Leerhsen

Cobb was indeed a bruised peach but, as the author shows convincingly, not a thoroughly rotten one. Full review >

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    MARY MCGRORY

    SEPT. 22, 2015

NONFICTION

MARY MCGRORY

by John Norris

Norris is plainly in love with his fascinating subject, which is not only McGrory, but newspaper journalism in general. Full review >

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    EMPIRE OF SELF

    OCT. 13, 2015

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

EMPIRE OF SELF

by Jay Parini

A superbly personal biography that pulsates with intelligence, scholarship, and heart. Full review >

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    DREAMS TO REMEMBER

    JUNE 1, 2015

NONFICTION

DREAMS TO REMEMBER

by Mark Ribowsky

Excellent from start to finish, demanding a soundtrack of Stax hits as background listening. Full review >

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    STALIN'S DAUGHTER

    JUNE 2, 2015

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