Derek Sanderson

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Live Dead: The Grateful Dead, Live Recordings, and the Ideology of Liveness

An accessible and convincing deep dive into live Dead and the ways in which their music continues to resonate in many nonmusical ways.

All the Years Combine: The Grateful Dead in Fifty Shows

This summary of Grateful Dead shows doesn’t offer much new material for fans. Readers looking for something more comprehensive may want to start with David Browne’s So Many Roads.

The Summer Friend: A Memoir

A readable, if slight, memoir about summer, family, and friendship.


Though there may be interest owing to the author’s high-profile first book, this too often self-indulgent memoir does not serve to enlighten readers about Danler’s experience or life in general.


Attention: A Love Story

Overall, an average memoir about one woman’s struggle with addiction and subsequent attempts to find acceptance.


Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, a Family Memoir

A well-told story of embracing life’s struggles that is perfect for horse lovers or those who have personal experience with cancer or Alzheimer’s.

Stealing Cinderella: How I Became an International Fugitive for Love

Though it occasionally (if stereotypically) sheds light on differences between American and South Korean cultures, this memoir cannot be recommended. Readers in search of an American’s experience in South Korea might want instead to turn to Elizabeth Rice’s Rituals of Separation.

Idiot Wind

A very readable, even superior, addition to the addiction memoir genre.

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