Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

DIANE ARBUS by Arthur Lubow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite limitations on research, Lubow sharply captures Arbus' restlessness, pain, and artistic vision."
Photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) was addicted to danger, sex, and human oddities. Read full book review >
MELVILLE IN LOVE by Michael Shelden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Shelden bases his conclusions on correspondence and archival research but often conjectures about what 'must have' occurred. Nonetheless, he offers a provocative portrait of the canonical writer and his world."
How a secret love affair inflamed Herman Melville's fiction. Read full book review >

THE HOUR OF LAND by Terry Tempest Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"An important, well-informed, and moving read for anyone interested in learning more about America's national parks."
In commemoration of the centennial of the National Park Service, Williams (When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice, 2012, etc.) explores 12 diverse parks.Read full book review >
COMMANDER IN CHIEF by Nigel Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"The book is strongly pro-Roosevelt, but Hamilton gives a solid inside view of the strategic thinking that went into the campaign against Hitler as America laid the groundwork for the D-Day invasion the following year."
A detailed look at Franklin Roosevelt's role in the Allied strategy midway through World War II, with an emphasis on his relations with Winston Churchill. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >