Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 11)

WANTED by Chris Hoke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A liberating, transformative chronicle of how spirituality can foster inspiration and hope while emboldening the downtrodden through their darkest days."
A jail chaplain's memoir of a life spent ministering to the prison populations of northwestern Washington. Read full book review >
BON APPÉTEMPT by Amelia Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Whether Morris is deconstructing her failed attempts at finding satisfying work, struggling with rocky family relationships or experiencing a culinary failure, she adroitly blends the ingredients of humor and self-reflection."
A refreshing take on growing up and coming to terms with the joys and travails of family, career and navigating the kitchen. Read full book review >

MADISON'S MUSIC by Burt Neuborne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An urgent message that deserves a wide readership."
Constitutional expert Neuborne (Civil Liberties/New York Univ. Law School; Building a Better Democracy: Reflections on Money, Politics and Free Speech, 1999, etc.) offers a cogent critique of America's "highly dysfunctional political system," abetted by Supreme Court interpretations of the Bill of Rights, especially the First Amendment.Read full book review >
THE UPSTAIRS WIFE by Rafia Zakaria
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A dense, carefully rendered work of minute, memorable detail."
One woman's personal agony reflects the enormous chasm of inequality between the sexes in Pakistan. Read full book review >
THE AUTUMN BALLOON by Kenny Porpora
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"As one teacher exulted after his acceptance to the Columbia Journalism School, '[p]eople with stories like yours don't end up in the Ivy League.' And yet Porpora did, and now his stories have become the material for his piercing first book."
A memoir of the author's incredibly dysfunctional nuclear family. Read full book review >

WASHINGTON'S REVOLUTION by Robert Middlekauff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A capable Revolutionary War history that breaks no new ground."
Bancroft Prize winner Middlekauff (Emeritus, American History/Univ. of California; Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies, 1996, etc.) sets out to chart the evolution of George Washington's viewpoint during the crucible of the Revolutionary War.Read full book review >
RED NOTICE by Bill Browder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"It may be that 'Russian stories never have happy endings,' but Browder's account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin's thugocracy."
An American-born financier spins an almost unbelievable tale of the "poisoned" psychology afflicting business life in Vladimir Putin's Russia. Read full book review >
POWER FORWARD by Reggie Love
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Though Love admits to his share of mistakes, both he and the president he served emerge from this memoir as admirable and likable."
A memoir in which the author recounts his years as personal aide and "bodyman" for Barack Obama. Read full book review >
THE LONG HITCH HOME by Jamie Maslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Readers who have been waiting for Tucker Max to travel more fully will be thrilled to discover Maslin's antics, which will likely turn off some readers. However, those charmed by the author's guile and those who choose to push past their annoyance will be rewarded with an honest and gripping travel narrative."
An ambitious, uneven account of hitchhiking across three continents, from a smart but surprisingly immature British travel writer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Custer completists will want to have a look, but there are many better books on the subject."
Revisionist study of one of the most signal defeats in the annals of America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A highly personal and memorable story."
Shannon (A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman, 2010), an international human rights activist and founder of the nonprofit Run for Congo Women, tells the harrowing story of a Congolese family torn apart by the ongoing threat of Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army.Read full book review >
FUTURE ARCTIC by Edward Struzik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An urgent, passionate defense of ecological conservation and understanding."
An examination of the devastating ecological, political and geographic consequences of climate change in the Arctic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >