George Packer's portrait of the legendary diplomat and ambassador is fueled by extensive research as well as a "friend's" personal knowledge, putting it on the cutting edge of the new modern biography.
Book Review: Jesuit Fr. Patrick Samway takes us to a lost world — New York City publishing in the 1950s and '60s — and shows us the beginning of a new world, the early years of the Iowa Writers Workshop, the mothership for the hundreds of creative writing graduate programs.
Book Review: A "biography and memoir" does double duty for any single author, though, overall, there is more biography in Jim Forest's new book than memoir. Indeed, when finished I knew more about Jesuit Fr. Dan Berrigan than I did about the author.