Daniel Mark Epstein “The Ballad of Bob Dylan”

May 20th, 2011

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It is hard to believe, perhaps, but next week is Bob Dylan’s seventieth birthday. Three generations have now grown up with his unique voice as poet, songwriter and performer. Coinciding with Dylan’s milestone birthday is a new biography, by Baltimore-based Daniel Mark Epstein, called “The Ballad of Bob Dylan.”

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Epstein first saw a live Dylan performance in 1963, and three more times since then, most recently in 2009. His book is structured around those performances, as he interprets and synthesizes the lyrics, the music, the man, the legend.

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Kitty Kelley “Oprah: A Biography”

April 29th, 2010

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Oprah Winfrrey may be the most powerful woman in media, ever. She’s a self-made billionaire, television friend to millions the world over. And she is also a jealous guardian of her public image, her “brand.”

Now comes biographer Kitty Kelley, whose style is to do the end run around a celebrity’s public image to find what’s underneath. Her book is called “Oprah: A Biography.”

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James McGrath Morris “Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power”

March 19th, 2010

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The Pulitzer Prize is well-known. Joseph Pulitzer, the pioneering newspaper mogul after whom the award is named, is much less well-known.

Now a major new biography by James McGrath Morris tells the entire Pulitzer story – Hungarian emigre, Civil War veteran, newspaperman, politician, and business titan. His book is called “Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power.”

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C. David Heymann “Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story”

July 27th, 2009

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Biographer C. David Heymann says he first heard the “hints and whispers,” when he was working on his bestselling 1989 book “A Woman Named Jackie,” that there had been a secret romance in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ past.

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As the years went by, and Heymann wrote more books about the Kennedys, he heard the stories again. And again. Now Heymann documents what he says was the secret affair between Jackie and her late husband’s brother, Robert Kennedy. Heymann’s book is called “Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story.”

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Gerald Martin “Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life”

May 30th, 2009

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One of the most formidable literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth century was a onetime Colombian journalist named Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature, Garcia Marquez has inspired millions worldwide with novels such as “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.”

Literary biographer Gerald Martin spent seventeen years painstakingly assembling the first full biography of Garcia Marquez to be published in English, called simply, “Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life.”

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