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ENDGAME: BOBBY FISCHER’S REMARKABLE RISE AND FALL, by Frank Brady

May 7, 2011

THOUGHTFUL BIOGRAPHY of the complex and troubled chess prodigy Bobby Fischer combines sympathy with insight.

Grade: B PLUS

ENDGAME: BOBBY FISCHER'S REMARKABLE RISE AND FALL -- FROM AMERICA'S BRIGHTEST PRODIGY TO THE EDGE OF MADNESS
Crown
2011

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LIVIA, EMPRESS OF ROME, by Matthew Dennison

April 27, 2011

INTRIGUING BIOGRAPHY of Rome’s most (in)famous empress looks beyond the cartoon villainess of fiction and myth.

Grade: B PLUS

LIVIA, EMPRESS OF ROME
St. Martin's
2011

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CHARLIE CHAN: THE UNTOLD STORY… by Yunte Huang

March 17, 2011

CHARLIE CHAN LIVES in this utterly absorbing look at the real Hawai’i cop who inspired the fictional detective.

Grade: A MINUS

CHARLIE CHAN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE HONORABLE DETECTIVE AND HIS RENDEZVOUS WITH AMERICAN HISTORY
W. W. Norton & Company
2010

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THE LAST GREATEST MAGICIAN IN THE WORLD, by Jim Steinmeyer

March 4, 2011

FASCINATING BIOGRAPHY of Thurston the Magician, Houdini’s greatest rival and a pioneer of modern stage magic.

Grade: A MINUS

THE LAST GREATEST MAGICIAN IN THE WORLD
Penguin
2011

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MONEYMAKERS, by Ben Tarnoff

February 28, 2011

AMERICA’S OBSESSION with money explored through quirky biographies of 18th and 19th- century counterfeiters.

Grade: B PLUS

MONEYMAKERS
Penguin
2011

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VOLTAIRE: A LIFE, by Ian Davidson

February 12, 2011

FACT-RICH, CHARMINGLY readable bio of Voltaire sheds new light on the life and work of the Enlightenment figure.

Grade: B PLUS

VOLTAIRE: A LIFE
Pegasus
2010

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THE ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER by Robert Morrison

January 23, 2011

AUTHORITATIVE BIOGRAPHY of Thomas de Quincey, famed writer, opium addict, and Wordsworth/Coleridge groupie.

Grade: B PLUS

The English Opium-Eater
Pegasus Books
2010

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ROOT AND BRANCH by Rawn James Jr.

January 18, 2011

CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER Charles Hamilton Houston, mentor to Thurgood Marshall, profiled in engaging book. B PLUS

ROOT AND BRANCH: CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON, THURGOOD MARSHALL, AND THE STRUGGLE TO END SEGREGATION
Bloomsbury USA
2010

Grade: B PLUS

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SECRET HISTORIAN by Justin Spring

January 14, 2011

ENGROSSING BIOGRAPHY of 20th-century gay writer, scholar, tattoo artist, sexual revolutionary Samuel Steward. B PLUS

SECRET HISTORIAN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAMUEL STEWARD, PROFESSOR, TATTOO ARTIST, AND SEXUAL RENEGADE
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2010

Grade: B PLUS

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WRESTLING WITH MOSES by Anthony Flint

June 7, 2010

ENGAGING, CLEARLY WRITTEN bio is a love letter to activist Jane Jacobs’s fight vs. overdevelopment in NYC. SOLID B

WRESTLING WITH MOSES: HOW JANE JACOBS TOOK ON NEW YORK’S MASTER BUILDER AND TRANSFORMED THE AMERICAN CITY by Anthony Flint
New York: Random House
July 2009

Grade: SOLID B

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