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Nonfiction Round-Up (11/27/19)

One of America’s greatest poets/rappers, a recreation of the best stage roles and personal life of a favorite actor, and the four-decade friendship that helped make two revolutions and nations– all in today’s nonfiction round-up.

JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson

Two starred reviews!

“This is more than a hip-hop bio; Dyson is giving us something larger, and we are sitting in a classroom under the spell of a captivating teacher.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Dyson’s excellent study serves as a succinct blueprint of Jay-Z’s artistry and legacy.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

IAN MCKELLEN: A Biography by Garry O’Connor

“A wonderful biography of a memorable artist, and a worthy addition to all libraries.”–Library Journal

REVOLUTIONARY BROTHERS: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations by Tom Chaffin

“Through extensive reliance on Thomas Jefferson’s and the Marquis de Lafayette’s writings, along with their contemporaries’, Chaffin (GIANT’S CAUSEWAY) burnishes his reputation as a popular historian with this compulsively readable deep dive into ‘the story of a single, and singularly extraordinary, friendship, and its role in the making of two revolutions—and two nations.'”–Publishers Weekly

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