Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

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 >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A collection of singular encounters with a film subculture, some failing to develop the larger concerns but many offering unique insight into the darker fringes of a bygone Hollywood."
A screenwriter and film buff plunges into the bizarre world of film collectors, finding people willing to sacrifice anything to preserve a dying art. Read full book review >
THE ART OF WAITING by Belle Boggs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"In her reporting, researching, and sharing, Boggs has performed a public service for those in a similar position—and for anyone interested in the implications of parenthood or in a story well-told and deeply felt."
So much more than a memoir about trying to conceive. Read full book review >
RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN by Miriam Horn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An optimistic journal of promise for the future and a supremely motivational text for readers interested in Earth's compromised biodiversity."
Journalistic portraits of pioneering farmers, harvesters, and conservationists unafraid to fight for the protection of the American landscapes they cultivate. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A marvelous portrait of a professional woman ahead of her time whose relationship with FDR sheds new light on his personality and decisions."
Franklin Roosevelt's longtime loyal personal secretary earns a much-needed, balanced portrait. Read full book review >
SWIMMING IN THE SINK by Lynne Cox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A simple, inspiring memoir."
An open water swimmer's memoir about how she survived a traumatic year marred by heartbreak and a life-threatening health crisis. Read full book review >
MAD ENCHANTMENT by Ross King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"King elegantly reveals the soul of a great artist, the last impressionist standing at the end of one of history's most remarkable art movements."
A vivid account of Claude Monet (1840-1926) facing his greatest artistic challenge in the last years of his life. Read full book review >
HIS FINAL BATTLE by Joseph Lelyveld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An elegant, affecting work that offers fresh insights on a much-mythologized president."
Eloquently exposing the open secret of Franklin Roosevelt's advanced heart disease. 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 >