REVIEWED: Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter

Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter by Matthew Dennison (Biography, 2017). In this book, Matthew Dennison, a prize-winning author (his Vita Sackville-West bio was named a “Book of the Year” by the London Times), has produced a winning and moving portrait of another revered literary figure. Assisted by telling photographs, quoting […]

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REVIEWED: In The Great Green Room

In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gray. (Biography, 2017). This compelling biography charts the life and loves of one of the most successful and pivotal authors of literature for children in the 20th century. Despite the fact that Margaret Wise Brown died at the absurdly young […]

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REVIEWED: Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll: His life’s Work by Michael MacCambridge. (Biography, 2016). For my money, a truly involving and compelling sports biography like this is among the rarest of rare literary birds. I say this although I personally enjoy watching pro football (among many other things) and particularly follow the Pittsburgh Steelers. In my experience, famous and successful […]

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REVIEWED: Frontier Grit

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women by Marianne Monson. (Wild West History, 2016). The author of eight books for adults and children, Marianne Monson’s latest is a winning, respectful and fond (but never quite fawning) nonfiction account of the lives of a dozen wildly differing women (a couple still somewhat famous, others […]

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REVIEWED: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. (Science/Social History Book, 2016). I was interested in seeing the acclaimed new movie based on this book before reading this. Now? Even more so! This exceptionally fine look at a fascinating (and till now mostly unknown to the general public) story of how much a group of female African-American mathematicians […]

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REVIEWED: ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd. (Critical Biography, 2016). Hitchcock is, of course one of the most famous and most written-about figures in the history of the film industry. You needn’t take my word for it, either. Merely check out 4-page bibliography lurking at the back of this new book! Naturally, some are books about movies in […]

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