Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SPY WAR by John A. Nagy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A knowledgeable study of Washington's extensive 'bag of tricks' to secure victory."
One intriguing, little-known facet of the first general of the Continental Army: his wholehearted embrace of the art of deception against the British. Read full book review >
THE SULTAN AND THE QUEEN by Jerry Brotton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An erudite work that presents a fresh facet to Elizabeth's reign."
An intriguing look at England's contact with the Ottoman Empire and its enormous influence on Elizabethan commerce and culture, especially the theater. Read full book review >

TREYF by Elissa Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A poignant and life-affirming family memoir."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger's account of growing up in a family with conflicting attitudes toward Judaism. Read full book review >
A KINGDOM OF THEIR OWN by Joshua Partlow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An excellent introduction to the Karzai family and to the disastrous consequences of the Americans' inadequate understanding of Afghan culture."
A summary and analysis of the United States' troubled relationship with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and his sprawling, influential family. Read full book review >
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2 by Riad Sattouf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A solid continuation, but subsequent volumes are sure to provide even more provocative material."
The second volume of the author's graphic memoir presents a portrait of the Franco-Syrian artist as a young boy. Read full book review >

DIE YOUNG WITH ME by Rob Rufus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"By refusing to abandon hope, easy though it would have been to do so, Rufus' memoir makes a valuable contribution to the literature of healing and recovery. It's a good piece of rock writing, too, with 'one hell of a soundtrack.'"
Buy a drum kit. Buy a guitar. Get cancer. It's not the usual rock 'n' roll trajectory. Read full book review >
BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Norm Macdonald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Will try the patience of even the comedian's fans."
Now that pretty much every one of his contemporaries has written a memoir, why not Macdonald? Read full book review >
A TRUCK FULL OF MONEY by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"More engrossing work from a gifted practitioner of narrative nonfiction."
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner tells the story of a maverick software engineer and entrepreneur's remarkable life. Read full book review >
THE TAO OF BILL MURRAY by Gavin Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend."
A personal philosophy based on Bill Murray's well-publicized high jinks, pranks, and exploits. Read full book review >
Pieces of Me by Lizbeth Meredith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A unique perspective on a harrowing Greek odyssey."
In this memoir, a mother recalls a two-year struggle to retrieve her abducted children from her ex-husband overseas. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE TENSE OF JOY by Jessica Teich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2016

"An honest, compassionate memoir about shaking off personal demons and finding 'solace…liberation [and] joy.'"
An account of the author's obsession with a female Rhodes scholar who killed herself at 27. Read full book review >
ORWELL'S NOSE by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"An unusual perspective illuminates a much written-about author."
A biography of George Orwell (1903-1950) based on his "obsessive relationship with smell." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >