This is a bit a of a dorky photo book, I know. It almost sounds so predictable and dry: a biography of Dorothea Lange. But fear not!!
Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits is in fact excellent. Yes it is not contemporary fiction or a murder mystery novel but rather a historical recollection of this woman's fascinating life. What makes this book interesting is Linda Gordon's point of view as a historian and not a photographer. Gordon remains objective throughout the book (so far) and addresses the many sides of Lange's life, from her idealistic ideas about the power of photography to her troubled husband and delinquent family.
If you can grab a copy and read it! It's particularly interesting to read this as we go through this recession -things haven't aren't much different than in the 30's!