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Lives Well Lived


After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.

~Cynthia Ozick


Some great biographies and memoirs have been published recently.

Here is a selection of lives well lived.


A Place Called Home by David Ambroz

A galvanizing, stirring memoir about growing up homeless and in foster care and rising to become a leading advocate for child welfare, recognized by President Obama as an American Champion of Change.






Like a Rolling Stone by Jann S. Wenner

Rolling Stone founder, co-editor, and publisher Jann Wenner offers a "touchingly honest" and "wonderfully deep" memoir from the beating heart of classic rock and roll (Bruce Springsteen).







One Hundred Saturdays by Michael Frank (Author)

Maira Kalman (Illustrator)

The remarkable story of ninety-nine-year-old Stella Levi whose conversations with the writer Michael Frank over the course of six years bring to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes, the deportation to Auschwitz that extinguished ninety percent of her community, and the resilience and wisdom of the woman who lived to tell the tale.




A Billion Years by Mike Rinder

One of the highest-ranking defectors from Scientology exposes the secret inner workings of the powerful organization in this remarkable memoir.







Solito by Javier Zamora

A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as "the mythic journey of our era."







Stay True by Hua Hsu

From the New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu, a gripping memoir on friendship, grief, the search for self, and the solace that can be found through art.







American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street's Biggest Fortune

by Greg Steinmetz

The gripping biography of Jay Gould, the greatest 19th-century robber barons, whose brilliance, greed, and bare-knuckled tactics made him richer than Rockefeller and led Wall Street to institute its first financial reforms.


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