Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 11)

STEALING GAMES by Maury Klein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A lively, absorbing retelling of a great episode in the history of America's iconic pastime, one that modern coaches would do very well to study."
The rise and glorious moment in the sun of the 1911 New York Giants, widely considered one of the best lineups in baseball history. Read full book review >
DIMESTORE by Lee Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A warm, poignant memoir from a reliably smooth voice."
Award-winning novelist Smith (Guests on Earth, 2013, etc.) recalls growing up in a small Virginia coal town and the indelible influence that background had on her adult life.Read full book review >

POP! by Mark Polanzak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A one-of-a-kind story of grief that's likely to have very broad appeal."
A young man reckons with his father's sudden death through writing (and rewriting) fact and fiction. Read full book review >
Diary of a Broken Mind by Sean Michael Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2016

"A tragic, yet unconvincing, account of the author's visionary gifts."
Montgomery (The Prophecies of the Apocalyptic Son, 2009) shares his autobiography and divine revelations in this spiritual work.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2016

"A gripping story stymied by wildly out-of-date views on women's roles and sexuality."
A British husband and wife tell stories of fertility treatments and harrowing hospital stays in this self-help book aimed at couples struggling to start a family. Read full book review >

PUTIN COUNTRY by Anne Garrels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"A collection of scrupulous, timely journalistic portraits."
Narrative snapshots over several decades of a Russia riven by contradictions, aspirations, and entrenched defenses. Read full book review >
A LOADED GUN by Jerome Charyn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"While much is speculation, Charyn's ardent sleuthing yields a daring portrait of the elusive 'enchantress' and her world."
A writer obsessed with the Belle of Amherst imagines her rich, sensual inner life. Read full book review >
THE PENNY POET OF PORTSMOUTH by Katherine Towler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"A gently told memoir of an elusive poet and a mysterious friendship."
The tale of the author's discovery of a compelling "minor poet" in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Read full book review >
THE KING'S BED by Don Jordan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"The authors' easy, readable style makes this a solid biography of Charles II, full of sturdy history and enough salacious information to keep it interesting."
Jordan and Walsh (White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America, 2007, etc.) look deeper into England's "Merry Monarch" and his character—or lack thereof.Read full book review >
THE MEDICI by Paul Strathern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"A fantastically comprehensive history covering the breadth of the great learning, art, politics, and religion of the period."
The prolific author continues to do what he does best—bring history to wondrous life—with this thorough history of the Medici family, the stimulus and backbone of the Renaissance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Much of this ground has otherwise been covered, and better, in Greil Marcus' Invisible Republic (1997). Still, fans of 1960s and '70s rock and music history buffs will find this a pleasure."
Veteran music writer Hoskyns (Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band, 2012, etc.) peels back the layers of a musical Shangri-La that has plenty of dark corners.Read full book review >
THE HOPE IN LEAVING by Barbara Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"An unsentimentally candid memoir of hope and determination."
A Canadian-born actress's account of how she survived—and then left—an impoverished and dysfunctional family. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >