True Believer, by Abraham Riesman

Staff Pick

Who was Stan Lee, really? An influential producer who collaborated with some of the defining comics artists of his era? A grifter who took credit for the work of others to promote his own brand, then abandoned his collaborators to heartbreak and destitution? Or something else? The first great biography to emerge since Lee's death, True Believer is an origin story of the modern entertainment industry, a portrait of a man who never felt comfortable with the industry his tastes came to dominate, and--in its dizzying last third--a true crime story that rivals Bad Blood.

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ISBN: 9780593135716
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Published: Crown - February 16th, 2021

Pelosi, by Molly Ball

Staff Pick

As a native of the Bay Area and having once covered Baltimore politics as a journalist, I thought I knew everything about Nancy Pelosi, from her political roots in Charm City to her political ascent in San Francisco. But reading Ball’s excellent biography, I realized quickly that I knew less than I thought. Ball’s dispassionate reporting (which includes interviews with Pelosi) left me even more admiring of Pelosi’s extraordinary rise from housewife in the Mad Men era to the nation’s first woman Speaker of the House. Ball explores and explains the discipline, energy, tenacity, and sheer political skill required on Pelosi’s part, especially as she constantly confronted double standards as a woman. As flattering as the portrait is, it is not a whitewash but a rich portrait of an historic figure in American politics.

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ISBN: 9781250252869
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 5th, 2020

Too Much and Never Enough, by Mary L. Trump

Staff Pick

This is a fast, fascinating and terrifying read.  Donald Trump’s dysfunction has been on display for over three years and I’ve always wondered what makes someone so damaged and insecure.  This book helps explain the family dynamics that set this process in motion for Donald but also for the other siblings, particularly the family namesake, Freddy, Mary Trump’s father. It has to be seen as a courageous act to go against such a domineering set of siblings, one currently the U.S. President, who ultimately acted together to disinherit Mary and her brother.  The Trump base will not like this book but I found it mesmerizing.    

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ISBN: 9781982141462
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020