Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2016

"Great fun for anyone with even a slight knowledge of Roman and English history and geography—or those curious about them."
A delightful trip from Rome to Hadrian's Wall—in C.E. 130. Read full book review >
BLOOD, BONE, AND MARROW by Ted Geltner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2016

"An absorbing but sad chronicle of a tormented writer."
Alcohol, rage, and determination mark a writer's life. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2016

"Kline has a sharp eye, excellent memory, and top-notch research skills, creating a book that any art lover will love."
An artist, art historian, and dealer chronicles his discovery of the first drawing by Leonardo da Vinci to be uncovered in more than a century—as well as other adventures from this "art explorer." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A lively account of our Revolution's most reviled figure."
A history of the American Revolution, focused on George Washington (1732-1799) and Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), in which the author acknowledges Arnold's good points but does not fully rehabilitate him. Read full book review >
BOY ERASED by Garrard Conley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An engaging memoir that will inevitably make readers long for a more equal future."
In a sharp and shocking debut memoir, Conley digs deep into the ex-gay therapy system. Read full book review >

THE SONG POET by Kao Kalia Yang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Yang's gentle prose captures her father's sufferings and joys and serves as a loving celebration of his spirit."
A daughter tells her father's story in his own voice. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A rousing and robust story about the immortal charge and the significant role played in the war by Theodore Roosevelt, the only American president to be awarded the Medal of Honor."
One of the "iconic moments in American history" is scrutinized in heroic detail. Read full book review >
SUSPECTED OF INDEPENDENCE by David McKean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"For students of the Revolutionary era, the author delivers a useful biography of a significant player in the birth pangs of the new nation."
A descendant of little-known Founding Father Thomas McKean (1734-1817) places him "in the context of his times." Read full book review >
MACARTHUR AT WAR by Walter R. Borneman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A no-holds-barred portrait of a controversial figure and a feast for World War II aficionados."
An examination of the reputation of Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), at one point the most admired of all the generals on the Allied side of World War II. Read full book review >
THE ROMANOVS by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A magisterial portrayal of these 'megalomaniacs, monsters and saints' as eminently human and fallible."
A lively work illustrating the personalities, sensuality, and steely wills of the long line of Russian rulers. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING IS TEETH by Evie Wyld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A rite-of-passage memoir that has powerful poetry in its ellipses."
A graphic memoir that proceeds like a young girl's powerfully disturbing dream, which continues to resonate through her waking hours. Read full book review >
A SELF-MADE MAN by Sidney Blumenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A consummate political observer keenly dissects the machinations of Lincoln's incredible rise to power."
The first volume in a study of Abraham Lincoln, professional politician. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >