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BIOGRAPHY Leonardo da Vinci By Walter Isaacson Simon &  Schuster 572 pages, $35 Biographer Walter Isaacson has a thing for genius. He has chronicled the lives of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs and Henry Kissinger. In this latest work he tackles Leonardo da Vinci, grandaddy of all polymaths, archetypical Renaissance Man and arguably, histo…

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BIOGRAPHY Toscanini: Musician Of Conscience By Harvey Sachs Liveright 923 pages, $39.95 “Whatcha’ reading?” asked my daughter, a twenty-something, college-educated millennial. “Long one,” I replied, “900 pages. Biography of Toscanini”. “Who’s that”? Such is fame, like smoke. Arturo Toscanini (b.1867- d.1957) was once one of the most famous people…

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MEMOIR Stay Interesting By Jonathan Goldsmith Sutton 305 pages, $27 It was probably inevitable: a memoir from the guy who rocketed to fame as “the most interesting man in the world” in the long-running Dos Equis beer commercials. Not to begrudge a little opportunistic cashing-in on a lucky break (the author admits as much), Goldsmith delivers a rambling a…

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Who can resist a good old "stranded on a desert island" tale, the standard allegory for our existential predicament? Nearly a decade in the making, Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit has teamed up with the famed Japanese animation factory, Studio Ghibli to produce "The Red Turtle," a gorgeous, Oscar-nominated art/anime film, awash in pastel color, muted tones and line-…