The list of Best Biographies of 2009 continues…
And other biographies of note:
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Strangest Man: the hidden life of Paul Dirac, mystic of the atom by Graham Farmelo
Yogi Berra: eternal Yankee by Allen Barra
The only living entertainers on my list this year are Tom Waits (The Lowside of the Road: A life of Tom Waits by Barney Hoskyns) and Pete Seeger (The Protest Singer: an intimate portrait of Pete Seeger by Alex Wilkinson). Hoskyns examines Waits’ eclectic and influential career which spans four decades. Nonagenarian Seeger, musician and civil rights/anti-war/environmental activist, is the subject of Wilkinson’s affectionate biography.