Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Fascinating reading about an intriguing woman."
Investigative journalist Goldberg (The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, 2009, etc.) fluidly explores the extraordinary life of Indra Devi (1899-2002), the woman who helped transform the ancient Indian discipline of yoga into a worldwide phenomenon.Read full book review >
NABOKOV IN AMERICA by Robert Roper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Although Roper could well have shortened his excerpts from Nabokov's works and letters, they support his assessment of the writer as 'an extremely talented fellow' but not, in every piece of writing, a genius."
The Russian writer chased butterflies, and fame, in America. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An eye-opener and an excellent job of reporting and writing. The only drawback will be the dawning realization that as bad as the three stoners were, the government is sanctioning far worse in its zeal for secrecy and deniability."
Or, the gang that couldn't scam straight. Read full book review >
MOLINA by Bengie Molina
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A simply told, deeply moving story, quite unlike the usual baseball book."
An affecting memoir about a remarkable man who raised three sons to become baseball champions. Read full book review >
THE QUIET MAN by John H. Sununu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"For true believers only—and even they are going to have a hard time lasting through this dull book, which actually encourages more skepticism than it erases."
A droning, 400-page toast to George H.W. Bush. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Clynes makes a persuasive case for allowing gifted children the freedom and resources to pursue their interests."
Popular Science contributing editor Clynes (Music Festivals From Bach to Blues: A Travellers Guide, 1996, etc.) uses the story of Taylor Wilson—who, at age 14, became "one of only thirty-two individuals on the planet to build a working fusion reactor, a miniature sun on Earth"—to illustrate the potential for improving our educational system.Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF GOLF by Joe Posnanski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Some stellar shots, a few slices and hooks, and a couple putts that hang on the lip."
An award-winning sports journalist charts the careers of and competition between Watson (the younger) and Nicklaus (the elder) as they dominated golf in the 1970s and beyond. Read full book review >
MORE FOOL ME by Stephen Fry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"If you're a fan of Oscar Wilde, whom Fry has portrayed on stage and screen, then by near definition you'll be a fan of this writer and this book. Lots of fun—and readers who have been following all along will be wanting more, and soon."
Fry brings his life story into the next decade in this pleasing follow-up to The Fry Chronicles (2012) and other books of memoir.Read full book review >
THE COLORING BOOK by Colin Quinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Dark and gritty comedy served with just a little too much rancor. Quinn squanders a promising opportunity in a memoir that ping-pongs between bar-stool pontification and bad-boy confessional."
The comedian and former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update host tackles race and political correctness. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An affectionate, sharp-eyed memoir that, while it doesn't add anything groundbreaking to the rock-lit canon, will appeal to Alice Cooper die-hards and fans of his brand of music."
A visit to the magical, blood-spattered world of the Alice Cooper Group, courtesy of Dunaway, the band's bassist, co-songwriter and "theatrical conceptionalist." Read full book review >
WELLINGTON by Rory Muir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Almost certainly not the last word on Wellington but, for now, the most definitive biography of him."
Australian historian Muir (Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814, 2013, etc.) completes his suitably imposing biography of the Iron Duke, guiding him from war to an uneasy peacetime. Read full book review >
AARON HENRY OF MISSISSIPPI by Minion K.C. Morrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2015

"A sometimes slow-moving but mostly enlightening book about a fearless man that readers should know better."
Morrison (Political Science and Public Administration/Mississippi State Univ.; African Americans and Political Participation: A Reference Handbook, 2003) brings our belated attention to Aaron Henry (1922-1997), a man of immense talent devoted to establishing an integrated society.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >