Category Archives: biography

Barbie Forever by Robin Gerber

The best way to describe this book is as a loving tribute to the doll – with all that would entail as a very narrowly focused tribute espousing the positives while ignoring all the negatives. A large chunk is about … Continue reading

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Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

I think we need a new term for books like this: it’s more of a graphic biography than a graphic novel. As such, we don’t have a story with an arc or pacing; rather, this is a series of vignettes … Continue reading

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Disney’s Land by Richard Snow

This is definitely one of the better histories of a Disney topic that I’ve read in a long time. Any good biography of a person or place requires a careful mastery of balances – how much information, how it is … Continue reading

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The Artist who Loved Cats by Susan Schaefer Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher

This is a lovely children’s storybook that is also a biography of Fin de siecle artist Theophile Steinlen. Most known for his Chat Noir poster, Steinlen was a prolific and beloved artist who also campaigned for social issues with his … Continue reading

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Mata Hari Emma Beeby, Ariela Kristantina, Pat Masioni, Karen Berger

This is a very hard book to rate due to it being a highly stylistic and interpretive history. Yes, the facts are there but they are interwoven with the Salome Dance so that while artistic, it was also fairly confusing … Continue reading

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Pierre Koenig: A View From The Archives by Neil Jackson

For the general public, architect Pierre Koenig became famous for an image rather than his homes (the iconic photo of a mid century modern living room overlooking a brightly lit Los Angeles nightline in the 1950s). But for those passionate … Continue reading

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young by David Brown

This is the first of two biographies about the band coming out now (due to the Woodstock 50th anniversary). The other book focuses on the two year period the band was together. This biography spans all the years from the … Continue reading

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