Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

WILL & I by Clay Byars
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A stark, honest book that reads like a writer's apprenticeship amid harrowing circumstances."
A tragic accident gives birth to a writer. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"This compact biography should please Jackson's fans even if it doesn't break new ground in exploring the singer's life."
TV and radio host Smiley (My Journey with Maya, 2015, etc.) and his frequent writing collaborator Ritz tell the story of the 16 weeks preceding the death of singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-made, evenhanded, sometimes cautionary story of business, told with the affection and exasperation of an insider."
Everyone's a wiener in this frank account by a scion of hot dog nobility. Read full book review >
BEING A BEAST by Charles Foster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A splendid, vivid contribution to the literature of nature."
In which an English author, tired of the high street, takes to the fens and burrows to learn how animals live. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"Those who can't get enough of the details of Jackson's death might relish this account, but those who prefer to appreciate his music should look elsewhere."
A tabloid-style exploration of the death of Michael Jackson (1958-2009), particularly the role the singer's personal physician may have played in his demise. Read full book review >

SHAKESPEARE'S FIRST FOLIO by Emma Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2016

"Perfect for the Folger Shakespeare Library's 2016 'First Folio!' tour celebrating the book's 400th anniversary."
A biography of the most valuable English-language book in the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Readers who enjoy English history will be happy to have this in their libraries."
A series of biographies of the women connected to Cliveden, the house made famous in the Profumo affair. Read full book review >
TRISTIMANIA by Jay Griffiths
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Fortunately for everyone who has been affected by bipolar disorder, Griffiths—and her notebooks—survived the journey."
A visceral account of the turmoil experienced within a manic-depressive breakdown. Read full book review >
LIVING WITH A DEAD LANGUAGE by Ann Patty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A mostly lively portrait of a woman's language-inspired metamorphosis."
How Latin, "an undead language," has enlivened the author's life. Read full book review >
AN ABBREVIATED LIFE by Ariel Leve
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A candid rendering of pain and survival."
A daughter's raw memoir exposes her "spiteful, vindictive, uncontrollable mother." Read full book review >
SHANGHAI GRAND by Taras Grescoe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Grescoe exuberantly captures the glamour and intrigue of a lost world."
An intrepid journalist in free-wheeling 1930s Shanghai. Read full book review >
I'M JUST A PERSON by Tig Notaro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Forthright and private moments are revealed as a stand-up comedian uses her gift of creating laughter to overcome personal and physical disasters."
A stand-up comic and writer's year from hell. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >