Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 11)

MARISSA MAYER AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE YAHOO! by Nicholas Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A well-researched, up-to-date story about a fight to define one famous company's future."
The inside story of the cult of personality that surrounds the leadership of Silicon Valley's technology behemoths. Read full book review >
A GIRL'S GUIDE TO LIFE by Michelle Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A sweet, if occasionally hackneyed, book of advice for young girls."
A mother's collection of bromides to her young daughter that centers on healthy emotional growth. Read full book review >

GEORGE HARRISON by Graeme Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Indifferent writing and tut-tutting and shallow criticism conspire to make this of interest mostly to completist collectors."
New biography of the youngest, gloomiest Beatle. Read full book review >
PAUL V. MCNUTT AND THE AGE OF FDR by Dean J. Kotlowski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"No amount of scholarly work is likely to raise McNutt in the public consciousness, but it's not for want of trying in this capable, readable biography."
Sturdy biography of a political stalwart of the past, largely forgotten now. Read full book review >
COLONEL HOUSE by Charles E. Neu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A significant, brightly written American story."
An exhaustive biography of Edward M. House (1858-1938), the wealthy Texan who served as President Woodrow Wilson's chief personal adviser and envoy to Europe in World War I. Read full book review >

TEA & ANTIPATHY by Anita Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A book of modest charms just short enough not to outstay its welcome."
An American family discovers there's no cure for Anglophilia like living in London. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"The real value of this work is in the recounting of the ends of two classes, the lower and the very upper."
TV producer and director Bailey (The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery, 2012) uses the downfall of the Fitzwilliam family to examine the history of the coal industry in England.Read full book review >
FALLING OFF BROADWAY by David Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2014

"A quick, humorous memoir about storytelling, on and off the stage."
Black (The Magic of Theater, 1993, etc.), in his new memoir, offers a colorful account of his life in the Broadway theater.Read full book review >
WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME by Josh Sundquist
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Funny, sympathetic and poignant, Sundquist's memoir has a high probability of success. (Memoir. 13 & up)"
A fondness for math plus a self-deprecating sense of humor equals Sundquist's memoir of dating and self-acceptance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 22, 2014

"A memoir with humor, compassion, and a sharp eye for detail that vividly depicts the rigors and pleasures of working security at a metropolitan hotel."
A promising young actor becomes a bouncer at the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
DEAD LETTER OFFICE by Hue
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A haunting, affecting memoir of what's lost in emigration."
Hue, in his debut memoir, writes about family separation following the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
LETTER TO JIMMY by Alain Mabanckou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"The conceit of the letter and the oddly intimate tone toward 'Jimmy' make this a curious work, but it's often insightful and illuminating."
A celebration of James Baldwin's literature and legacy published in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >