Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 11)

APPROVAL JUNKIE by Faith Salie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Funny, touching essays on being a multifaceted woman with unique dreams, desires, and needs."
A TV and radio host acknowledges her need to be liked and tells how she's worked hard to overcome this. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"For space aficionados especially but also a good choice for general readers seeking an introduction to an underappreciated, thrilling chapter in aerospace history."
An aviation historian revisits the conception, development, and inaugural flight of "the last American flying machine built to fly higher and faster than everything that had come before." Read full book review >

GREENPEACE CAPTAIN by Ronald B. Weiss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Far from exemplary as a memoir, but Willcox raises important environmental awareness and celebrates Greenpeace exploits, which should inspire like-minded activists."
Capt. Willcox recounts his environmental adventures at sea in this folksy memoir. Read full book review >
SNATCHED by Bruce Porter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"An engaging, improbable true-crime tale that underscores the grandiose futility of the drug war."
Pulpy account of a glamorous narcotrafficker ensnared by her past. Read full book review >
FAR AND AWAY by Andrew Solomon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Agile, informative, even revelatory pieces that, together, show us both the great variety of humanity and the interior of a gifted writer's heart."
A veteran journalist and travel writer collects pieces dating back to the late 1980s. Read full book review >

PETER ARNO by Michael Maslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A book that could have been funnier, though admittedly Maslin delivers more chuckles per page than Renata Adler. The book is also insightful about the workings of a magazine that is a critically important cultural institution."
The life of the once-influential cartoonist, a favorite of New Yorker readers for decades.Read full book review >
GAME OF CROWNS by Christopher Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"With gaspworthy and laugh-out-loud moments revealing scandalous and sympathetic details of the royal family, Andersen humanizes this privileged yet embattled group."
A conjecture of what the future holds for the British monarchy, combining the scholarship of a dissertation with the dishyness of a tabloid. Read full book review >
CONGRESS, PRESIDENTS, AND AMERICAN POLITICS by Lee H. Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2016

"The book—essentially an encapsulation of the author's philosophy of politics and politicians—is a good choice for those who want to believe in government again."
A U.S. Representative from Indiana for 34 years reviews the best of the commentaries he sent to his constituents during his years in office. Read full book review >
THE EMPRESS OF ART by Susan Jaques
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2016

"An intriguing biography of a ruler whose ruthlessness encompassed art."
The self-aggrandizing Catherine II (1729-1796) was an obsessive, voracious collector. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2016

"An engaging travelogue that provides a good example of how one person tirelessly pursued his dream to fruition."
A parallel narrative of French explorer René-Robert Cavelier La Salle's 1680s trek to the mouth of the Mississippi River and an intrepid 1976 journey by a group of Midwestern youth. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2016

"An elegant, astute study that is both readable and thematically rich."
A portrait of Thomas Jefferson's passionate belief in Enlightenment values and how it determined his personal character and that of the young nation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"As fascinated as Snare with the portrait, Cumming has fashioned an absorbing mystery."
A true tale that demonstrates the power and seduction of art. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >