On His Brothers and Brothers in History

by George Howe Colt


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The National Book Award finalist author of November of the Soul blends history and memoir in an account that in alternating chapters explores his quest to understand the impact of his brothers on his life and the complex relationships between iconic brothers, including the Thoreaus, the Van Goghs and the Marxes. 100,000 first printing.

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Until reading George Howe Colt's Brothers, I thought my daughter's complaint about her older brother from the backseat of our car was the last word in sibling rivalry: "Ian's shadow is touching me!" But Colt's book, part memoir of growing up in 1950s-'60s New England as the second of four brothers, part impressively researched exploration of famous brothers in history, is the book on sibling rivalry. Packed with sometimes jaw-dropping mini-biographies, Brothers

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