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Thoughtful, gripping biographies,
This review is from: All We Know: Three Lives (Hardcover)
Illuminating the lives of her three subjects, Cohen illuminates the often-problematic human condition--something that a biographer is supposed to do. ALL WE KNOW is not just about the lives of three obscure 20th c. lesbians. It is about questions that we all grapple with, such as, why am I doing what I'm doing--or not doing what I'm not doing?
At the same time, Cohen suggests alternate ways of defining and valuing a life. For instance, Esther Murphy, although she never published as expected of her, never comes across merely as a disappointment in Cohen's book. With Cohen at the helm, Murphy remains a fascinating figure.
Like Mercedes de Acosta, I have become a fan, in my case, a fan of Lisa Cohen.