Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

ON THE CANCER FRONTIER by Paul A. Marks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"On a level with Lewis Thomas for its clarity and verve in presenting the science of the cell and the ability of cancer to assume multiple guises."
Former Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center president and CEO Marks delivers a panoramic view of developments in cancer research and treatment over the last 40 years, from both the researchers' and administrators' perspectives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Friendly, practical advocacy for the power of mindfulness and enlightenment."
How meditation relieved an award-winning journalist's stress and depression. Read full book review >

JESUS by James Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"An intelligent, lively travelogue, well-timed to arrive for the Easter season, and a welcome complement to a direct reading of the Gospels."
A consideration of Christ, human and divine, from an on-native-ground perspective. Read full book review >
GRIN AND BEAR IT by Jenni Pulos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"Though the writing isn't notable, the author comes across as genuine, and some of her vignettes are genuinely entertaining."
Frank memoir by debut author Pulos, a regular on the Bravo reality TV shows Flipping Out and Interior Therapy. Read full book review >
THE OGALLALA ROAD by Julene Bair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2014

"A lyrical but somewhat distracted narrative that can't decide whether it's a love story, a meditation on our lives on this planet or an attempt to follow Upton Sinclair into the depths."
A gifted writer describes the ebbs and flows of the arc of a romantic relationship while exploring her own bond to the American heartland. Read full book review >

FIELD NOTES FROM A HIDDEN CITY by Esther Woolfson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2014

"Woolfson is an elegant, precise writer, and this transcendent memoir conveys exquisitely the vibrant world she inhabits."
Chilly Aberdeen, Scotland, may seem an unlikely place to investigate the natural world, but Woolfson (Corvus: A Life with Birds, 2009) offers a vivid portrait of birds, animals, insects and plants—and her place among them—in the city where she has lived for decades. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2014

 

A compendium of lighthearted, of-the-moment essays that address the many ups and downs of life at 50.

The former co-host of Dinner and a Movie on TBS, humorist Gurwitch (co-author: You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story, 2010, etc.) opens her new collection by lamenting the onslaught of AARP solicitations ("At a glance, I thought it might be an ad for white-collar prison uniforms") that began showing up on her 49th birthday. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2014

"A personal look at the disintegration of the Soviet Union, experienced through the eyes of an occasionally callow, but always likable, young man."
An affecting coming-of-age memoir looking at life in the Soviet Union at a time of political and social change by American debut author Kalis. Read full book review >
AMERICAN SAINT by Joan Barthel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Barthel sets Seton's life against the roiling political context of the American Revolution and its aftermath, offering a rounded portrait of an ambitious woman who struggled mightily to fulfill the tenets of her faith: to be obedient, merciful and good."
A biography of the first American saint, who described herself as "the Mad Enthusiast." Read full book review >
THE SPLENDID THINGS WE PLANNED by Blake Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Bailey gives no evidence of his or his brother's splendid plans, only decades of depression, isolation and insidious self-absorption."
An award-winning biographer reveals his troubled past. Read full book review >
MENACHEM BEGIN by Daniel Gordis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"For Gordis, Begin stands as an exemplary leader whose selflessness and deep loyalty to the Jewish people and to Israel should inspire any who may question "the legitimacy of love for a specific people or devotion to its ancestral homeland.""
A life of Menachem Begin (1913-1992) considers his legacy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"The descriptions of the various sites on the grounds could only come from a man fortunate enough to have lived on and loved the site for almost 40 years."
Versailles head gardener and TV host Baraton reflects on his three decades tending some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Read full book review >