Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"The author's vivid details of South Africa's persistent racism, abject poverty, and continuing oppression are undermined by unnecessary repetition."
Unraveling a web of evidence in a notorious murder. Read full book review >
PARTY OF ONE by Dave Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A hilarious and touching coming-of-age story that will strike a particular nerve among Generation Y."
The former MTV VJ waxes nostalgic on his life in pop culture. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A cogent, detailed policy review, effectively studded with first-person recollections, that probably won't sway Obama's conservative critics."
A measured insider's account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, arguing that the very aspects that bring conservative derision represent subtle, long-term strengths. Read full book review >
ON BOWIE by Rob Sheffield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sheffield is the right writer for this book, but its hasty production is evident on nearly every page."
A critic's earnest elegy for the late rock star's influence on music, fashion, sexuality, and personal transformation. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF NAILS by Lenny Dykstra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Dykstra makes no apologies, offering 'the real truth,' but readers' opinions of him will be harsh."
A former professional baseball player details how his go-for-broke attitude on the baseball diamond continued after his retirement and eventually ruined him. Read full book review >

HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year."
A Yale Law School graduate's account of his traumatic hillbilly childhood and the plight of America's angry white working class. Read full book review >
Inspired by Paris by Jordan Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 2016

"A manual that's as balanced as the lifestyle it proposes."
Phillips (Sustainable Luxe, 2013, etc.) offers a guide to France with heavy doses of history, fashion, food, and popular culture. Read full book review >
MY FATHER AND ATTICUS FINCH by Joseph Madison Beck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A poignant and warmly engaging memoir."
A distinguished Atlanta attorney remembers his lawyer father, who defended a black man against charges that he raped a white woman in pre-civil rights era Alabama. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"From interviews and archival documents, Lascher creates a seamless narrative of daring and dedication."
Two journalists caught in war and love. Read full book review >
BUKOWSKI IN A SUNDRESS by Kim Addonizio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"An unrelenting, authentic, literary midnight confession."
A sometimes-scandalous poet opens up about herself and her business. Read full book review >
WILL & I by Clay Byars
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A stark, honest book that reads like a writer's apprenticeship amid harrowing circumstances."
A tragic accident gives birth to a writer. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"This compact biography should please Jackson's fans even if it doesn't break new ground in exploring the singer's life."
TV and radio host Smiley (My Journey with Maya, 2015, etc.) and his frequent writing collaborator Ritz tell the story of the 16 weeks preceding the death of singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). 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 >