Category Archives: Nonfiction – Memoir/Biography

A Review of John Kaag’s American Philosophy: A Love Story

If nothing else, this memoir will make book lovers everywhere envious of John Kaag. Some six or seven years before he wrote this book, Kaag was in rural New Hampshire helping to organize a conference on William James. He was … Continue reading

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A Review of Mike Brown’s How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming

I bought this book several years ago, back when I qualified for an educator discount and could get paperbacks from Random House for $3 apiece. Whenever you see me review a book that seems out of my usual oeuvre (I … Continue reading

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A Review of James Romm’s Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

Is it just me or is everyone talking about the Stoics lately? One of the adult students I tutor works them into conversation at least once per session, and somehow or other I am part of a Facebook group called … Continue reading

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A Review of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

On the one hand, reacting to the Trump victory by immediately reading a bunch of books about poor people is a condescending and despicable thing to do. I feel a little dirty about it, honestly. On the other hand, the … Continue reading

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A Review of Stephen F. Knott and Tony Williams’ Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America

I came to this book because of my obsession with Hamilton, of course; I was interested to read a book that focused entirely on the relationship between Hamilton and Washington, and I was also interested to learn about the years … Continue reading

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A Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle

Earlier this year I reviewed Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new and highly-praised memoir Between the World and Me, and you can read my review of that book here. The Beautiful Struggle, published in 2008, is just as good. I read it in … Continue reading

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‘Celia’s an Artful Little Slut’ (And Other Thoughts on the Founding Fathers)

I am reading Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, albeit somewhat slowly, and I am trying to share my HAMILTON obsession with you in ways that are not derivative and cliché (you’re welcome), so today I’m here to tell you … Continue reading

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