Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

SARAH VALENTINE, NO GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Philip Valentine Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A relentlessly downbeat account, but the author still manages to bring his ancestors' stories to life."
Coates makes his debut with a comprehensive biography of his great-great-grandmother—a long narrative that's as much a history of a time and place as it is of a family legacy. Read full book review >
SARAH VALENTINE, NO GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Philip Valentine Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"An absorbing and scathing indictment of 19th-century British government and society that ends on an unexpectedly hopeful note."
This second volume of a trilogy focuses on the life and times of Sarah Valentine, the author's great-great-grandmother, in London. Read full book review >

FAMILY SECRETS by Steven Powers-Chylinski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"An engrossing work about a related group of medieval queens."
A professor, genealogist, and author explores his royal female ancestors. Read full book review >
MY LOST POETS by Philip Levine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"Like his poetry, Levine's essays are generous, honest, and real."
One of our finest poets recalls a life well lived in poetry. Read full book review >
WHERE MEMORY LEADS by Saul Friedländer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Though dry in tone, the book is haunting in scope and depth."
A foremost Holocaust scholar carefully reflects on his harsh early years and lifelong academic mission in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Geneva, and Los Angeles. Read full book review >

LABYRINTHS by Catrine Clay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A sensitive biography of a woman whose emotional and intellectual strengths were the ballast of her marriage and family."
The making of two psychoanalysts: Carl Jung and his loyal, ever supportive wife. Read full book review >
A RADICAL FAITH by Eileen Markey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Rich details and solid storytelling convey one nun's story of her dedication to God and her fellow humans."
The biography of a Catholic nun who was murdered while trying to help those in need. Read full book review >
ONE WITH THE TIGER by Steven Church
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A powerfully written attention-grabber with a questionable message."
An exploration of the fascination with the "savage and the wild inside" us, which fuels the human desire "to get intimately close to apex predators." Read full book review >
COAST RANGE by Nick Neely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Neely capably explores the complexity of his subjects with polish and finesse, looking carefully and thinking deeply."
A collection of essays that focuses on the interaction between humans and the natural world in and around the Rogue River in Oregon, where the author spent six months doing a writing residency. Read full book review >
WHEN THE NEW DEAL CAME TO TOWN by George Melloan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Authors tend to want to reach the maximum number of readers; Melloan, on the other hand, seems determined to drive away anybody who might be considered a 'liberal.'"
A retired Wall Street Journal editor recalls growing up in a small Midwestern town in the 1930s and strives to show the relevance to today's economic struggles across the country. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANTS IN MY BACKYARD by Rajiv Surendra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"One of the more insightful and inspirational of the recent glut of showbiz memoirs."
A young actor loses a great role but finds a wonderful story to share. Read full book review >
CRASHING THE PARTY by Scott Savitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An energetic memoir that captures the collision between an open-hearted iconoclast and a free-market totalitarian state."
Passionate account of an American journalist witnessing China's pro-Western awakening and the authoritarian pushback. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >