Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

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 >

JFK AND THE MASCULINE MYSTIQUE by Steven Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A fresh perspective on a president whose style, legacy, and politics continue to inspire discussions about freedom and leadership values."
A focused cultural analysis of John F. Kennedy's "manly ethos." Read full book review >
Memoir of a Jaded Woman by Emunah  La-Paz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2016

"Pleasurable venting with a positive, uplifting ending."
A blogger becomes inspired by a friend's troubled marriage in this relationship guide. Read full book review >
LIFE IN THE MARBLE PALACE by Clifford Stearns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2016

"An assemblage of admirably forthcoming first-person essays about the practice of American legislation."
A former Republican congressman recalls a lifetime of public service. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A winning concluding volume in a series that does for Eleanor Roosevelt what Robert Caro has done for Lyndon Johnson."
Having already devoted more than 1,200 pages to the extraordinary life of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) in two previous installments, the skilled biographer offers the final volume. Read full book review >
KAFKA by Reiner Stach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The inaugural book, on the remarkable half-decade that produced The Metamorphosis, The Trial, and 'In the Penal Colony,' is still the best, but this slightly overstuffed volume completes an indispensable work about a key figure in 20th-century modernism."
The final installment in German scholar Stach's magisterial three-part biography (Kafka: The Years of Insight, 2013, etc.), covering, in appropriately Kafkaesque nonsequential fashion, the writer's childhood and youth. Read full book review >
BY WOMEN POSSESSED by Arthur Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Although the Gelbs deeply admire O'Neill's talents, they portray the same cruel and desperately unhappy man who emerges from many other biographies."
A biography of the playwright who was haunted by three wives and his mother. Read full book review >
CASANOVA by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Casanova's adventures include plenty of juicy details, and Bergreen weaves in just enough to prove his reputation. His travels during one of history's most exciting periods will be great fun for any history lover."
Bergreen (Columbus: The Four Voyages, 2011, etc.) applies his historical storytelling skills to the famous Venetian lover, introducing his intellectual side. Read full book review >
DEFIANT by Janine Shepherd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An inspirational but thin account of an athlete's tragic accident and the long road she traveled to reach a different kind of fulfilling life."
An athlete's memoir about her ability to overcome personal tragedy and reinvent her life. Read full book review >
LIFE BREAKS IN by Mary Cappello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An illuminating celebration of enveloping moments of being."
The author aims "not to chase mood, track it, or pin it down" but rather to "listen for it." Read full book review >
SUCH A LOVELY LITTLE WAR by Marcelino Truong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A first-rate work of graphic memoir dealing with a pivotal period in modern American history."
The early years of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a child, as rendered by the graphic artist he became. 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 >