Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Medici fans will expand their awareness of the family's broad reach, and Renaissance students will discover Machiavelli's models for The Prince."
An exploration of the life of a lesser-known Medici: Alessandro (1510-1537). Read full book review >
FASHION IS FREEDOM by Tala Raassi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A rare book equally likely to appeal to fans of Project Runway and students of contemporary Middle Eastern cultural history."
Fashion designer Raassi looks back on her years growing up in Tehran and her attempts to grow a business in the United States. Read full book review >
RICHARD POSNER by William Domnarski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Practitioners will better understand Posner's impact on the law; general readers will appreciate this introduction to that increasingly rare breed: a public intellectual worthy of their time."
A practicing attorney and close observer of the federal courts examines the career of a present-day legal titan. Read full book review >
WHISPERIN' BILL ANDERSON by Bill Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Anderson is a uniquely country personality, and that personality shines through."
A genial account of a gentleman musician's life in and around Nashville. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Shafer makes his readers feel that we are not alone—not the first and, sadly, not the last to be bamboozled."
A history of the 1840 campaign, "the mother of modern presidential contests" and "the beginning of presidential campaigning as entertainment." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >