Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

MAYOR FOR A NEW AMERICA by Thomas Menino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A solid image of what a mayor's job entails and of the kind of person who can do it."
Boston's former five-term mayor opens up about his hopes for the country, service to his city and a life well lived. Read full book review >
ADA'S ALGORITHM by James Essinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A robust, engaging and exciting biography."
The story of Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), the brilliant mathematician and the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, who likely wrote the first computer program in the early 1840s. Due to her gender, however, her research was overlooked, and another two centuries passed before computers became a reality. Read full book review >

MR. HOCKEY by Gordie Howe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Lots of action, a bit of rumination and few regrets in this unremarkable work by a most remarkable athlete."
A legendary hockey star, now 86, reviews his storied and stellar career. Read full book review >
QUIT OR DIE TRYING by Alison Beard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Smart and strikingly veracious."
A relentless, cautionary chronicle of smoking dependency. Read full book review >
JONI MITCHELL by Malka Marom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"The gifted, adventurous musician talks as brilliantly as she writes and sings."
Three deep-running interviews with singer-songwriter Mitchell, by singer-journalist Marom. Read full book review >

BRIAN JONES by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture."
A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak. Read full book review >
ALONE IN ANTARCTICA by Felicity Aston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A quick-reading account of a spectacular and appalling journey."
Chronicle of an adventurer's attempts at a solo, transcontinental Antarctic ski journey. Read full book review >
EMBATTLED REBEL by James M. McPherson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A fair-handed treatment from a towering historian and sterling writer."
A seasoned Civil War historian examines the beleaguered president of the Confederacy. Read full book review >
SCRIBE by Bob Ryan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A terrific memoir with lessons for young journalists, sports fans and anyone who shares the love of the games."
The classic American sportswriter reflects on a half-century of covering the games we play. Read full book review >
ELSA SCHIAPARELLI by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Secrest ably chronicles Schiap's career and social life, mining others' memoirs and reflections to fashion a colorful portrait of her 'famously difficult' subject—but Schiap keeps the secrets of her heart."
The life of a flamboyant couturière. Read full book review >
CINDERLAND by Amy Jo Burns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A slim, lyrically evocative memoir."
A haunting debut memoir about the price of keeping secrets in small-town, Rust Belt America. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF GEORGE WASHINGTON by Edward J. Larson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Profound, even affectionate, scholarship infuses every graceful sentence."
Illuminating history of an overlooked period in the life of our first president. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >