Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

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

"Casual, zingy observations."
A compendium of lighthearted, of-the-moment essays that address the many ups and downs of life at 50. 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 >
THE GARDENER OF VERSAILLES by Alain Baraton
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 >
STOKELY by Peniel E. Joseph
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Joseph showcases the brilliance of the man, his exceptional ideals and his pursuit of an equality that was years ahead of his time."
Joseph (History/Tufts Univ.; Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, 2010, etc.) introduces a Stokely Carmichael (1941–1998) few white people ever knew in the 1960s, a man who dared to speak truth to power. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL by Sigrid Rausing
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A mellifluous portrait of a country slowly and painfully pulling itself into the European world."
Swedish-born philanthropist and Granta publisher Rausing offers an intimate look at the devastations of communism in Estonia. Read full book review >