Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"The narrative demonstrates a clear progression from a woman's dream for a model school to that reality, which has made a huge impact in its neighborhood and across the country."
The methods one principal used to create a safe learning environment for her students. Read full book review >
LOVE WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Candid, brave, and generous."
How a marital crisis became a catalyst for a painful but ultimately enlightening journey into the depths of the human heart. Read full book review >

THE MANNINGS by Lars Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A winner for fans of modern football."
A thorough but light-handed account of the making of a sports dynasty. Read full book review >
PLAY ALL by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A gentler companion to Harlan Ellison's The Glass Teat (1970), the only flaw of which is that it's too short, leaving readers wanting more."
Eminent literary and cultural critic James (Latest Readings, 2015, etc.) comes back to an old beat: reviewing the offerings on the small screen. Read full book review >
ELIZABETH AND MICHAEL by Donald Bogle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A grounded and consistently absorbing biography."
A dual biography of entertainment legends Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson that explores their individual careers and personal lives leading up to and including their 25-year friendship. Read full book review >

PABLO ESCOBAR by Juan Pablo Escobar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Uneven but will satisfy curiosity regarding the tawdry reality of childhood within a criminal family."
Biography of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) by his understandably conflicted son. Read full book review >
HOW TO TRAVEL WITHOUT SEEING by Andrés Neuman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A dizzying, evanescent snapshot of Latin America in all its grime and glory."
The buoyant Neuman (The Things We Don't Do, 2015, etc.) takes readers on a phantasmagoric journey through Latin America. Read full book review >
MICHAEL AND ME by Shana Mangatal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A vexing and tedious memoir that offers only brief glimpses of the extraordinary creativity of the King of Pop."
Seven years after his death, Michael Jackson's secret girlfriend reveals their peculiar 20-year relationship. Read full book review >
MY FIRST LIFE by Hugo Chávez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Monster or savior? Norteamericano leaders accustomed to the view of Chávez as evil incarnate may value this alternate, assuredly self-serving presentation of facts and events."
The late Venezuelan leader—or strongman, or dictator, if you like—tells all. Read full book review >
NOW I SIT ME DOWN by Witold Rybczynski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Rybczynski is totally engaging in this smoothly flowing, sharp, witty narrative—another winner from a top-notch writer on design."
The acclaimed popularizer and purveyor of all things architectural scrutinizes a "tool for sitting." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"An uneven biography that should still find an audience with budding journalists and those interested in a significant period in the history of print journalism."
An account of the adventurous life of Alicia Patterson (1906-1963), founder and editor of Newsday. Read full book review >
TRUFFLE BOY by Ian Purkayastha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"An informative and charming food and travel memoir."
A 20-something's account of how he became a leading importer of truffles and other exotic specialty foods for some of America's most elite restaurants. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >