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Biography (genre)

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  • Book review: 'Branch Rickey' by Jimmy Breslin

    Book review: 'Branch Rickey' by Jimmy Breslin
    Branch Rickey Jimmy Breslin Viking/Penguin Lives: 148 pp., $19.95 "I had a problem for a writer," Jimmy Breslin tells us in the prologue to "Branch Rickey," his impressionistic portrait of baseball's great emancipator, the man responsible for...
  • Book review: 'The Churchills: In Love and War' by Mary S. Lovell

    Book review: 'The Churchills: In Love and War' by Mary S. Lovell
    The Churchills In Love and War Mary S. Lovell W.W. Norton: 640 pp., $35 Intelligent and well-written, like all of Mary S. Lovell's biographies, "The Churchills" provides a vivid introduction to the family of English aristocrats whose nation-preserving...
  • Book review: 'Here on Earth' by Tim Flannery

    Book review: 'Here on Earth' by Tim Flannery
    Earth could use a biography. Tim Flannery has delivered a provocative one in time for Earth Day. Despite the rising level of greenhouse gases warming the Blue Planet and the failure to unite governments behind efforts to arrest the trend, Flannery is...
  • Book Review: 'Stan Musial' by George Vecsey

    Book Review: 'Stan Musial' by George Vecsey
    Stan Musial An American Life George Vecsey Ballantine/ESPN Books: 397 pp., $26.00 Here is a theory I have: There are three kinds of baseball players — the Good, the Great and the Gods. In the first category is everybody who made it to the...
  • Summer reading: Biographies

    All In From Refugee Camp to Poker Champ Jerry Yang with Mark Tabb Medallion: $24.95 Yang's memoir of becoming a world-class poker champion starts with his family, along with thousands of other Hmong, fleeing their Laotian homeland during the Vietnam...
  • Book review: 'Nicholas Ray' by Patrick McGilligan

    Book review: 'Nicholas Ray' by Patrick McGilligan
    Nicholas Ray faced a roomful of film students. They had come to learn from the director who'd made James Dean an icon in "Rebel Without a Cause" and a gunslinger of Joan Crawford in the distaff western "Johnny Guitar." Ray began a mock exercise in filming...
  • Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell

    Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell
    Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned John A. Farrell Doubleday: 400 pp., $32.50 For five stormy, pivotal decades, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was a towering figure in U.S. jurisprudence and politics. He served as defense lawyer for the people...
  • Word Play: Where the Wild Things still are

    Word Play: Where the Wild Things still are
    The idea of caring for the environment seems to be easier to get across to kids than to adults. Many adults just think the world is too complicated. "What difference does one light bulb or one plastic water bottle make in the wide world?" they think. For...
  • Book Review: 'Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias'

    Book Review: 'Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias'
    Wonder Girl The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias Don Van Natta Jr. Little, Brown: 404 pp., $27.99 So do you know who made the Top 10 when ESPN chose its 50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century? Here they are: (1) Michael Jordan....
  • Tracking Wallace Stegner's footprints in Vermont's earth

    Tracking Wallace Stegner's footprints in Vermont's earth
    Wallace Stegner wrote books about the American and Canadian West, so it's understandable that people consider the longtime California resident a Western author. Stegner, a prolific novelist, essayist, conservation advocate and professor at Stanford...
  • The dying of the Limelight

    The dying of the Limelight
    Billy Corben. Photo by Beth Black As a documentary filmmaker who has interviewed drug dealers, hit men, international pop stars, college athletes, big-city politicians and at least one person who murdered and dismembered his roommate, Billy Corben...