PositiveThe Wall Street JournalMs. Bickerdike...digs deeper than any prior biographer. She unearths a unique artistic temperament stunted by the complications of an underground life ... You Are Beautiful brings focus to what had been blurry episodes in Nico’s history, including a traumatic childhood in Cologne under Nazi rule ... Ms. Bickerdike doesn’t make false claims about Nico’s achievements. Rather, she has rounded out what had been an incomplete portrait, obscured by myths, of a woman who fought hard to become an artist worthy of a book like this.
RaveThe Wall Street Journal... deeply empathetic and insightful ... how does the author wrap his arms around this complex city-state? By delivering poignant miniatures of individuals who make it their business to subvert L.A.’s stasis and apathy—the prevalent view that the individual is helpless in the absence of the state ... gives us dark glimpses of an impending apocalypse, then introduces us to a handful of resilient Angelenos doing their best to buck the tide of indifference that seems to have crept into the political and social life of the place like a toxic marine layer ... Like the city, the stories in Rosecrans Baldwin’s Everything Now have no rigid order. But the book is stronger for these digressions. An elegant and unflinching observer, Mr. Baldwin digs up an invisible city under layers of pop-culture mythologizing and media cliches.
RaveThe Washington Post... a revelation, a trove of snappy pieces that give the reader tantalizing glimpses of the mature film satirist who would win six Oscars for his work ... has a bit of everything: punchy film reviews, profiles, set pieces on the rituals of the new nightlife ... Sharp observations like these show us glimpses of the acidulous social satirist of Hollywood’s Golden Age ... shows us exactly where he was coming from, and it’s great fun to find out.
PositiveWall Street JournalAn outsider-to-kingmaker narrative that should be read by every gun-shy entrepreneur too spooked by Silicon Valley’s giants to go head-to-head with them ... The authors have had to lean on secondary sources to pull together their narrative; Mr. Ek and many of his closest associates didn’t sit down for interviews. Fortunately, Messrs. Carlsson and Leijonhufvud have tracked Mr. Ek’s career since the early days, and their expertise shows. The Spotify Play is not a cheap clip job but a revealing character study of an inventor who proved that the willingness to fight for an idea can indeed pay off—and that you don’t have to be a pirate to have fun doing it.
RaveThe Wall Street JournalThis is Peter Frampton’s story, and he tells it with refreshing candor in his wildly entertaining memoir ... Mr. Frampton doesn’t want your pity; he only wants you to understand how swiftly the world can turn upside down when your adolescent fantasies come true, when more tears are shed for answered prayers than unanswered ones ... is in many ways an archetypal music-industry cautionary tale, but what the reader takes from it is Mr. Frampton’s resilience, his self-belief. For an artist who could have turned into a footnote, Peter Frampton has aged gracefully with his dignity intact.
PositiveThe Globe and Mail...a flinty and moving memoir ... Levy finds strength in rejecting the patriarchal clichés ... Better for her to wade through the \'black and bluish darkness\' than reach for the cold comfort of victimhood ... middle age for Levy isn’t a third act; it’s a prologue to an entirely new adventure.
Nell Irvin Painter
RaveThe Globe and Mail...vibrant ... Painter writes with typically elegant candor ... Old In Art School, which is as beautifully rendered as Painter’s art, is inspiration for those who think they have left the best of themselves far behind.
PositiveThe Globe and Mail...witty and tender-hearted ... What resonates in My Ex-Life is the pull of affable companionship between two people with memories to share, and the deeper satisfaction of mutuality over physical intimacy.