Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 11)

GEORGE WASHINGTON WRITTEN UPON THE LAND by Philip Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An esoteric book that may enlighten devotees of Fredericksburg geography and the trees that symbolize the man."
A new look at George Washington, "focusing on his poorly documented and heavily mythologized childhood years." Read full book review >
DRAWING BLOOD by Molly Crabapple
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Compelling reading about how art gave the author 'a way to see, to record, to fight and interrogate…to find joy where once I could see only ash.'"
A New York artist and writer's illustrated memoir about how she rose out of obscurity during the tumultuous decade of the 2000s to become a renowned artist. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An amusingly shrewd memoir of following a lifelong dream."
Kessler (Counterclockwise: My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures in the World of Anti-aging, 2013, etc.) chronicles her obsession with dancing The Nutcracker.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An invaluable resource for NB sufferers."
Lake's debut offers a candid memoir of her experience with neurogenic bladder and a wealth of practical advice about coping with its daily complications. Read full book review >
Gift of Darkness by Craig K. Comstock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A moving, inspiring account of the indomitability of the human spirit."
A heart-rending biography of a young teenager who lived under Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. Read full book review >

Beyond a Charmed Life by Barbara Huntress Tresness
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A bumpy read, but it conveys the power of love and will; of special interest to caregivers of children with severe neurological disorders."
A mother's loving memoir about caring and advocating for her son, who was born with a severe form of cerebral palsy. Read full book review >
MY JOURNEY AT THE NUCLEAR BRINK by William J. Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Not an exciting account but a solid record of a terrifically significant public career."
A methodical memoir of a long, top-level government career developing nuclear deterrence strategy. Read full book review >
TRAVELLING TO WORK by Michael Palin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A satisfying if sometimes-dark read for Palin's many fans. Those interested in the inner workings of showbiz will find much of value, too."
Now is the '90s of our discontent…. Read full book review >
WHEN THE SUN BURSTS by Christopher Bollas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A vastly informative, coherent, and valuable assessment; useful and accessible for both mental health professionals and laypeople—even those who don't share the author's unique perspectives and treatment alternatives."
A contemporary appraisal of schizophrenia and its puzzling traits and treatments through the lens of a physician's esteemed 40-year practice. Read full book review >
MARK ROTHKO by Christopher Rothko
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"The author's intimacy with his subject affords him a privileged, and fascinating, angle of vision."
A son examines his father's enigmatic art. Read full book review >
SPEER by Martin Kitchen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Kitchen ably portrays a hollow, cold, bourgeois man totally lacking in morals or scruples—exactly the type that made National Socialism possible and could do so again."
Kitchen (Emeritus, History/Simon Fraser Univ.; The Third Reich: Charisma and Community, 2014, etc.) sets the record straight on Albert Speer's assertions of ignorance of the Final Solution and claims to being the "good Nazi."Read full book review >
GEORGIALINA by Tom Poland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Short, old-fashioned, descriptive memories of the South from one man's perspective."
A Southern writer reminisces about the South. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >