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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: In The Great Green Room"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: Chuck Noll"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: Frontier Grit"
I Loved Her in the Movies by Robert J. Wagner and Scott Eyman. (Show Business Memoir, 2016). Now (as the Monty Python crew used to say) for something completely different! Now in his 80s, actor Robert Wagner has been in show business 65 years. Even earlier, living in California, he’d encountered movie people. The first ‘star’ […]Read more "REVIEWED: I Loved Her In The Movies"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: Hidden Figures"
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 […]Read more "REVIEWED: ALFRED HITCHCOCK"