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Monday, 12 December 2011

Biographies, both auto and otherwise.

A bunch of great life stories have landed at the Librairie in recent weeks:

Lucking Out by James Wolcott
A columnist for pretty much every great magazine ever, James Wolcott has finally published his memoirs and it's a wonderful read. Norman Mailer, Pauline Kael, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Lester Bangs and Robert Christgau all make appearances in Wolcott's story which chronicles his journey through the musical and literary worlds of New York City in the seventies.

And So It Goes - Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields
Oh man, who wouldn't want this? A comprehensive look at one of the true giants of literature. Shield's much-acclaimed bio is a warts-and-all affair that illuminates the dark corners of the man's life, which informed his famously black-humoured work.

An Emergency In Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus by William Todd Schultz
Aren't we all fascinated by this woman? Her photos revealed perhaps more about her subjects than perhaps most people wanted to know, so it comes as no surprise that her life was also one of strange qualities and dark recesses.

Life Itself by Roger Ebert
Perhaps the most well-known film critic of all-time, Ebert's been around. As famous as the film makers and actors he's panned or given the thumbs up to, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone else who knows the depths that Hollywood can -and does- sink. But wait, a surprisingly warm memoir, Life Itself saves the dark for the movie theatre and instead provides a story that serves to inspire instead.

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