Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

IN MEMORY OF BREAD by Paul Graham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"An enjoyable memoir for wheat-free foodies and others limited in their gastronomical choices."
Faced at age 36 with the sudden onset of celiac disease, a professor realizes that his days of brewing beer and eating his wife's homemade bread are over. Read full book review >
CHANCERS by Susan Stellin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"An emotionally complex and intensely personal binary memoir of addiction and sustainable love."
The unconventional love story between an emerging author and the troubled man she discovers to be a hard-core drug addict. Read full book review >

GREETINGS FROM UTOPIA PARK by Claire Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"A cleareyed critique that generously accounts for humanity's 'profoundly sincere and motivated' quest for happiness and peace."
Searching for bliss in America's heartland. Read full book review >
THE MAXIMUM SECURITY BOOK CLUB by Mikita Brottman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Will not appeal to hard-core law-and-order types, but others will find this a brave and empathetic story of how literature brings light into shadows."
Compassionate account of running a literary reading group among convicts at Maryland's Jessup maximum security prison. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO BUILT THE SIERRA CLUB by Robert Wyss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Thorough and well written, if sometimes dry. The book lacks Brower's soaring idealism, but it provides a highly useful view of how environmental battles are waged in the trenches."
A sturdy life of David Brower (1912-2000), the legendarily tough and tough-minded pioneering environmentalist who shaped the Sierra Club into a national political force. Read full book review >

THE BURGER COURT AND THE RISE OF THE JUDICIAL RIGHT by Michael J. Graetz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Two powerhouse law historians/journalists deliver a major contribution to the history of the Supreme Court."
Two scholars, each distinguished in his or her respective fields, challenge received orthodoxies about the Burger Supreme Court while detailing how earlier breakthroughs in civil rights and criminal law were reversed or hollowed out. Read full book review >
SEX OBJECT by Jessica Valenti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Though lively and richly detailed, Valenti's work lacks the self-awareness essential to a memoir worth pondering."
A new memoir from the Guardian columnist and "professional feminist." Read full book review >
RUNNING WITH THE CHAMP by Tim Shanahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"If you're wondering why Ali is called 'The Greatest,' this unchallenging but pleasant memoir makes for a good place to start."
An affectionate portrait of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Read full book review >
BEING JAZZ by Jazz Jennings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Jazz's positivity, honesty, frank explanations, and conversational writing style make this an ideal book for trans kids to hand to worried loved ones after they've finished reading it. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Before she was in preschool, Jazz knew she wasn't a boy, and she didn't understand why no one else did. Her parents took her to meet with a well-versed therapist, who told them Jazz is transgender, and they started on a journey with no map. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Entertaining and unexpectedly wise."
A blogger and nonfiction writer's account of how she survived both new motherhood and her eccentric parents' federal imprisonment for fraud. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Excellent reading for students of park policy, wildlife management, and other resource issues."
A searching study of a tragedy and the legal contest that followed it, one that shaped the course of national park policy in the modern age. Read full book review >
BLACK MAN, WHITE HOUSE by D.L. Hughley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Funny, insightful, and legitimately illuminating."
The Obama years, through a glass cleverly. 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 >