Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

32 YOLKS by Eric Ripert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"It doesn't take a refined palate to savor Ripert's culinary adventures."
The acclaimed French chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin delivers a breezy account of his life in France and Andorra before he moved to the United States in his early 20s. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF GENOMES by Steven Monroe Lipkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"The author's caveats about present and future uses of gene sequencing reflect a physician keenly aware of the ethical and moral issues."
Vignettes from the front lines of genetics research and testing. Read full book review >

GOATMAN by Thomas Thwaites
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A quirkily entertaining exploration of what it means to be human and what it might be like to be a goat."
What would it be like to be a goat? Read full book review >
IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Sometimes rueful, often oblique, but provocative and highly readable."
A winding but elegant valediction from Diski (What I Don't Know About Animals, 2011, etc.), known as a literary journalist and chronicler in England, now resigned to a short tenure on Earth as a "canceree." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2016

"Thielemann's revelations about the complexities of conducting are likely to enhance any music lover's listening experiences."
A renowned conductor shares insights into the powerful works of Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Read full book review >

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 >
Peter Thiel by Richard Byrne Reilly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2016

"A short, scattered introduction to Thiel's worldview in his own words."
A compilation of entrepreneur Peter Thiel's thoughts on seemingly everyone and everything. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >