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Brothers : What the Van Goghs, Booths, Marxes, Kelloggs--And Colts--Tell Us about How Siblings Shape Our Lives and History - George Howe Colt

Brothers

What the Van Goghs, Booths, Marxes, Kelloggs--And Colts--Tell Us about How Siblings Shape Our Lives and History

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EDWIN BOOTH GREW UP TO BECOME THE GREATEST ACTOR ON THE nineteenth-century American stage while his younger brother John grew up to assassinate a president. Vincent van Gogh would never have survived without the financial and emotional support of his younger brother, Theo, in a claustrophobic relationship that both defined and confined them.

Henry David Thoreau's life was shadowed by the early death of his older brother, John, who haunted and inspired his writing. Colt parallels his quest to understand how his own brothers shaped his life with an examination of the complex relationships between famous brothers in history. Illuminating and affecting, Colt's magnificent book is a history told through the lens of fraternal rivalry--and love.

About the Author

George Howe Colt is the bestselling author of The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times notable book of the year, and November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Anne Fadiman, and their two children.

A great book brilliantly conceived, daringly organized, endlessly fascinating... --Steve Weinberg "The Dallas Morning News "" Colt writes movingly and insightfully about how the mercurial fraternal relationships can so quickly move from loving idolatry to hands-around-the-throat This is one fine book, both wildly entertaining and utterly thought-provoking. --Richard C. Morais "Barron's "" Vivid and psychologically revealing --Edward Morris "Bookpage "" Detailed considerations of well-known brothers and cameo references to many others, famous and not so, help Colt in his quest to explain the mystery of how siblings can be so different from one another. --Madeleine Blais "The Chicago Tribune "" An enjoyable read for members of small and large broods alike --Allison Block "Booklist "" As soon as I started reading "Brothers", I found myself talking about it to everyone I saw. You will want to give it to people in your life. George Howe Colt is a master at balancing the personal and the universal, and the book makes a powerful case for sibling rivalry and love as a driving force not just in individual lives but in the world. --Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Liars and Saints" A master craftsman of literary nonfiction, George Howe Colt brilliantly conjoins history and memoir, insight and humor not to mention Cain and Abel, Groucho and Harpo. Every page of this book is a pleasure. --Adam Goodheart, author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening" "A great book--brilliantly conceived, daringly organized, endlessly fascinating..."--Steve Weinberg "The Dallas Morning News " "Colt writes movingly and insightfully about how the mercurial fraternal relationships can so quickly move from loving idolatry to hands-around-the-throat...This is one fine book, both wildly entertaining and utterly thought-provoking."--Richard C. Morais "Barron's " "Vivid and psychologically revealing..."--Edward Morris "Bookpage " "Detailed considerations...of well-known brothers and cameo references to many others, famous and not so, help Colt in his quest to explain the mystery of how siblings can be so different from one another."--Madeleine Blais "The Chicago Tribune " "An enjoyable read for members of small and large broods alike..."--Allison Block "Booklist " "As soon as I started reading "Brothers", I found myself talking about it to everyone I saw. You will want to give it to people in your life. George Howe Colt is a master at balancing the personal and the universal, and the book makes a powerful case for sibling rivalry--and love--as a driving force not just in individual lives but in the world."--Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Liars and Saints "A master craftsman of literary nonfiction, George Howe Colt brilliantly conjoins history and memoir, insight and humor--not to mention Cain and Abel, Groucho and Harpo. Every page of this book is a pleasure."--Adam Goodheart, author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening "As soon as I started reading "Brothers," I found myself talking about it to everyone I saw. You will want to give it to people in your life. George Howe Colt is a master at balancing the personal and the universal, and the book makes a powerful case for sibling rivalry--and love--as a driving force not just in individual lives but in the world."--Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Liars and Saints As soon as I started reading "Brothers," I found myself talking about it to everyone I saw. You will want to give it to people in your life. George Howe Colt is a master at balancing the personal and the universal, and the book makes a powerful case for sibling rivalry and love as a driving force not just in individual lives but in the world. --Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Liars and Saints" "A captivating blend of historical anecdote, personal revelation, and psychological insight, this lively and imaginative book will serve up a great deal of wisdom (and just as much fun) to anyone who has ever been a brother or had a brother. In fact, maybe all you have to do to derive pleasure and nourishment from Colt's book is simply to have once met a brother it s that appealing."--Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" "A captivating blend of historical anecdote, personal revelation, and psychological insight, this lively and imaginative book will serve up a great deal of wisdom (and just as much fun) to anyone who has ever been a brother or had a brother. In fact, maybe all you have to do to derive pleasure and nourishment from Colt's book is simply to have once met a brother--it's that appealing."--Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition "A master craftsman of literary nonfiction, George Howe Colt brilliantly conjoins history and memoir, insight and humor--not to mention Cain and Abel, Groucho and Harpo. Every page of this book is a pleasure."--Adam Goodheart, author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening "As soon as I started reading Brothers, I found myself talking about it to everyone I saw. You will want to give it to people in your life. George Howe Colt is a master at balancing the personal and the universal, and the book makes a powerful case for sibling rivalry--and love--as a driving force not just in individual lives but in the world."--Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Liars and Saints "Colt's fine writing, extensive research, and thoughtful analysis make Brothers a meaty, pleasurable read."--Deb Baker "The Concord Monitor " "Colt is an acute observer and sensitive chronicler of male emotion...Searingly poignant."--Kate Tuttle "Boston Globe " "Colt writes movingly and insightfully about how the mercurial fraternal relationships can so quickly move from loving idolatry to hands-around-the-throat...This is one fine book, both wildly entertaining and utterly thought-provoking."--Richard C. Morais "Barron's " "Anyone who's had the pleasure of reading Colt's previous, National Book Award-nominated work, The Big House, will know his delicate, detailed, ironically self-mocking way with prose, and his lucid, affectionate fair-mindedness. . .Colt has done a prodigious job of research and synthesis, and his skill at storytelling is such that each of them is transformed into something fresh, dramatic, and emotionally piercing."--Phillip Lopate "The New York Times Book Review " "Part memoir, part exhaustively researched biography of famous brothers and how they drove each other, loved each other, fought, drove each other crazy, and supported each other through craziness...Insightful and harrowing and funny and stacked with stories."--Maile Meloy "The New Yorker " "A great book--brilliantly conceived, daringly organized, endlessly fascinating..."--Steve Weinberg "The Dallas Morning News " A master craftsman of literary nonfiction, George Howe Colt brilliantly conjoins history and memoir, insight and humor not to mention Cain and Abel, Groucho and Harpo. Every page of this book is a pleasure. --Adam Goodheart, author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening" As soon as I started reading Brothers, I found myself talking about it to everyone I saw. You will want to give it to people in your life. George Howe Colt is a master at balancing the personal and the universal, and the book makes a powerful case for sibling rivalry and love as a driving force not just in individual lives but in the world. --Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It and Liars and Saints" Colt s fine writing, extensive research, and thoughtful analysis make Brothers a meaty, pleasurable read. --Deb Baker "The Concord Monitor "" Colt is an acute observer and sensitive chronicler of male emotion Searingly poignant. --Kate Tuttle "Boston Globe "" Colt writes movingly and insightfully about how the mercurial fraternal relationships can so quickly move from loving idolatry to hands-around-the-throat This is one fine book, both wildly entertaining and utterly thought-provoking. --Richard C. Morais "Barron's "" Anyone who s had the pleasure of reading Colt s previous, National Book Award-nominated work, The Big House, will know his delicate, detailed, ironically self-mocking way with prose, and his lucid, affectionate fair-mindedness. . .Colt has done a prodigious job of research and synthesis, and his skill at storytelling is such that each of them is transformed into something fresh, dramatic, and emotionally piercing. --Phillip Lopate "The New York Times Book Review "" Part memoir, part exhaustively researched biography of famous brothers and how they drove each other, loved each other, fought, drove each other crazy, and supported each other through craziness Insightful and harrowing and funny and stacked with stories. --Maile Meloy "The New Yorker "" A great book brilliantly conceived, daringly organized, endlessly fascinating... --Steve Weinberg "The Dallas Morning News ""

ISBN: 9781416547785
ISBN-10: 1416547789
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st June 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.6  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.49