Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts

April 7, 2016

(I’m going to just post quickie reviews from now on. I simply read way too many books (400+ per year) to review everything or to go in-depth on any titles. This one-volume biography of Napoleon by Andrew Roberts has a couple things going for it. First, it’s very readable. For being as long as it […]


C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alistair McGrath

July 2, 2015

Summary (from the publisher): Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions. His legacy remains varied and vast. He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker. In C.S. Lewis—A Life, Alister McGrath, […]


Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder

February 14, 2015

Summary (from the publisher): Pain, Parties, Work by Elizabeth Winder is a compelling look at a young Sylvia Plath and the life-changing month that would lay the groundwork for her seminal novel, The Bell Jar. In May of 1953, a twenty-one-year-old Plath arrived in New York City, the guest editor of Mademoiselle’s annual College Issue. […]


Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla

January 16, 2015

Summary (from the publisher): Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories, debuting some never-before-heard […]


Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life by Arnold Schwarzenegger

September 22, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): His story is unique, and uniquely entertaining, and he tells it brilliantly in these pages. He was born in a year of famine, in a small Austrian town, the son of an austere police chief. He dreamed of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star. By […]


The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James Watson

May 4, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only twenty-four, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against […]


Cracking the Egyptian Code by Andrew Robinson

April 23, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): In 1799 Napoleon’s army uncovered an ancient stele in the Nile delta. Its inscription, recorded in three distinct scripts–ancient Greek, Coptic, and hieroglyphic–would provide scholars with the first clues to unlocking the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs, a language lost for nearly two millennia. More than twenty years later a remarkably gifted […]


My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

April 18, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot’s Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford, and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read […]


Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow

April 7, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): John D. Rockefeller, Sr.–history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty–is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul “etched with uncommon objectivity […]


The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee, Jr.

March 24, 2014

Summary (from the publisher): Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for […]