Books Of Interest: Biographies and Memoirs August 9th 2015

I have found that I am interested in biographies and memoirs of people that I have very little knowledge in fields that I have very little background and I recently purchased these three that I think our readers may find of interest. The first, I  have recently started:

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Man In Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker by Thomas Kunkel

I have read approximately two-thirds of this book and the author has a writing style that makes you feel as if you knew Mitchell and all the cast of characters that he wrote about for the New Yorker magazine. Kunkel brings out Mitchell’s quirks and other character traits that enable you to empathize with Mitchell and understand the pressure of being a writer during the decades of the 30’s through 60’s. I am so glad that I picked this up and hopefully will finish it this week. I have included a video featuring Thomas Kunkel discussing the book from St. Norbert’s College where he is the president.

The second is:

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The Story Of Alice: Lewis Carroll And The Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

I never read Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass as a child but I became fascinated about the story between Alice and Lewis Carroll in real life. I am interested in mental models and the telling of the story of the Red Queen and Alice is one in which I have very little understanding. I want to understand how this story came into being and the creativity that lead to it. It looks to be a very interesting study into the mind of Lewis Carroll.

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The final book is:

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

I have recently discovered Dietrich Bonhoeffer in my Christian studies and as I have stated previously, I want to discover people and eras in which I know very little and discover what influences lead them in the direction in which life took them. Of course, for him living during the times of World War II, that is fairly easy to understand, but I want to find out what lead him to return to Germany during the War. There are numerous videos featuring the author talking about the book and Dietrich Bonhoeffer and here is one for your enjoyment.

 

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