Category Archives: Biography

The Spiral Staircase: My Climb out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 306 pages, 2004 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve had a couple of Armstrong’s books on my to-be-read list for a while now, but I somehow ended up reading this brand-new one first. … Continue reading

Virginia Woolf by Nigel Nicolson

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 195 pages, 2000 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I adore Virgina Woolf. Synopsis: Nicolson, the son of Vita Sackville-West, Woolf’s occasional lover, gives us a short biography of Woolf’s life, including her rough childhood, marriage, friendships, … Continue reading

Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 301 pages, 2001 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: A book I heard good things about, but forgot about until I saw it on the shelf at the library. Synopsis: Fuller, known to her … Continue reading

Until You Are Dead: Steven Truscott’s Long Ride into History by Julian Sher

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 580 pages, 2001 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: An interest in the law that led to an interest in Canada’s justice system failing miserably, as in the case of Guy Paul Morin. The … Continue reading

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 97 pages, 1970 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: Raves at BookCrazy. Synopsis: New Yorker Helene Hanff begins twenty years of correspondence when she writes to a bookstore in London, asking them to find … Continue reading

It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 275 pages (plus 16 pages of b&w photos), 2000 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: Constant demand for it when I worked at a bookstore. Synopsis: In this autobiography, champion cyclist Lance Armstrong explores … Continue reading

E=mc2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 337 pages (including 117 pages of notes, guide to further reading, etc), 2000 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I was curious about what that magical equation actually means. Synopsis: Bodanis breaks down the … Continue reading

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson with Neil Strauss

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 275 pages, 1998 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I have an inexplicable adoration of Manson. Synopsis: Shock ‘n’ roller Marilyn Manson’s surprisingly honest autobiography, covering his life from childhood up to the release of his album … Continue reading