Book Talk – Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder by Claudia Kalb


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Welcome to a new and occasional feature on Book Club Mom called Book Talk, home to quick previews of new and not-so-new books that catch my eye.

As soon as I heard about this book at the library where I work, I knew I was going to check it out. The author takes a close look at the personalities, quirks and all, of twelve famous people in history and compares their compulsions, eccentricities and ups and downs with the rest of the population. In her book, the author asks, “What constitutes ‘normal’ behavior?”

Kalb studies some fascinating historical figures. Here’s the full list:

Marilyn Monroe
Howard Hughes
Andy Warhol
Princess Diana
Abraham Lincoln
Christine Jorgensen
Frank Lloyd Wright
Betty Ford
Charles Darwin
George Gershwin
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Albert Einstein

Here’s Kalb’s book jacket bio:

“Claudia Kalb is an award-winning journalist who specializes in the fields of medicine, health, and science. A former senior writer at Newsweek who has contributed to Smithsonian and Scientific American, Kalb has penned hundreds of features on topics ranging from the science of emotional memory to genetic testing, painkiller addiction, and the origins of autism. She lives with her family in Alexandria, Virginia.”

I’m really looking forward to starting this book. I’m going to have to work it into my schedule, but I’m thinking this will be a good “Breakfast with a Book” selection!

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