Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

EVERYBODY CURSES, I SWEAR! by Carrie Keagan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though her approach might be a 'shock to the system' for some, it will be crass and tedious to many."
The career arc of a TV personality who has "made a career and an art form out of swearing." Read full book review >
BOP APOCALYPSE by Martin Torgoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A textured story of human hope and hopelessness, of artistry that blossomed in the most daunting and, in some cases, demeaning circumstances."
A comprehensive and compassionate account of the intersections of jazz, race, and drugs in mid-20th-century America. Read full book review >

WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL by John Avlon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful consideration of Washington's wisdom that couldn't be timelier."
Why George Washington's last message proves apposite to our own time. Read full book review >
THREE DAYS IN JANUARY by Bret Baier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A focused and timely study of Eisenhower's significant speech and the sticky transition to JFK's inherited new world."
A sobering return to Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address, arriving just before our own moment of uncertain presidential transition. Read full book review >
I HATE EVERYONE, EXCEPT YOU by Clinton Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir."
Fashion maven Kelly (Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget, 2013, etc.) is more booster than basher in this collection of mostly autobiographical essays about his life on- and off-screen. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Patterson is no Theodore White or Hunter S. Thompson, but he provides a readable, often astute record of a presidential campaign that future generations should ponder with astonishment—and disgust."
Patterson (Eden in Winter, 2014, etc.) takes a break from bestselling thrillers to ponder the solipsisms, slanders, slurs, and slogans of the last electoral cycle. Read full book review >
YOU CARRIED ME by Melissa Ohden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2017

"Ohden's perseverance is inspiring, but the presentation lacks the emotional and literary heft her important story warrants."
A memoir of mothers, daughters, adoption, and abortion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"A light entertainment."
The personal shutterbug for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shares his behind-the-scenes impression of an age of glamour long gone. Read full book review >
EXPECT GREAT THINGS by Kevin Dann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Thoreau emerges from this admiring portrait as a man richly connected to the cosmos."
A sympathetic biography of the famed 19th-century transcendentalist. Read full book review >
A CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT by Michael D’Antonio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Sometimes overly gushing and perhaps premature but bolstered with enough evidence."
An overview of President Barack Obama's two-term presidency: his successes, failures, and incompletions. Read full book review >
JONATHAN SWIFT by John Stubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A rich and sweeping story superbly told."
A resplendent biography of the "most notorious writer of his day." Read full book review >
FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN BROOKLYN by Frederick Douglass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Proof that Douglass' speeches, responding to the historical exigencies of his time, amply bear rereading today."
A collection of rousing 19th-century speeches on freedom and humanity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >