Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 11)

LEAVING ORBIT by Margaret Lazarus Dean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"One of those books you can't put down, don't want to finish, and won't soon forget."
Beguiled at an early age by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Dean (English/Univ. of Tennessee; The Time It Takes to Fall, 2007) deftly chronicles the history of American spaceflight and what the end of the space program means for American culture.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Well-researched, -organized, and -presented, this is a sober, balanced examination of the origins of one of the more regrettable chapters in American history."
NPR's Morning Edition co-host Inskeep (Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, 2011) returns with a review of the forces and events leading to the expulsion of the Cherokees from their ancestral homelands. Read full book review >

YOUR BAND SUCKS by Jon Fine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"'I don't regret a thing,' writes Fine, and neither will readers who live vicariously through the author's eyes and memory."
The short shelf of great books on indie rock adds another—an unlikely memoir about an obscure band that somehow found demand for its reunion in the Internet age. Read full book review >
BAD KID by David Crabb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"A vivid and dramatic slice of adolescence."
Reflections on growing up goth and gay in Texas at the dawn of the 1990s—based on the author's one-man show. Read full book review >
STALIN by Oleg V. Khlevniuk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"An ambitious yet manageable biography of Stalin, this book sheds new light on its subject for amateur historians and experts alike."
Khlevniuk (Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle, 2008, etc.) delves into the existing body of work surrounding Stalin's life and career to separate fact from fiction, and he crafts a complete picture of a complex man.Read full book review >

ELON MUSK by Ashlee Vance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Despite Vance's best efforts, Musk comes off as another megalomaniacal hypercapitalist whose stock in trade is luxury goods and services for luxury clients."
A look at aerospace/automotive mogul Elon Musk. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Sehat ably shows how the exploitation of the founders debases political debate and neglects policy evaluation—required reading for those desperate for sane, intelligent political arguments."
Sehat (History/Georgia State Univ.; The Myth of American Religious Freedom, 2011) indicts the political ploy of invoking the Constitution to support projects from the sublime to the absurd.Read full book review >
IT STARTS WITH TROUBLE by Clark Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"Goyen's 'intensely poetic style' may dissuade contemporary readers, but for those who return to his work, this biography offers a thorough and illuminating grounding."
The first biography of a tormented writer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"A wise and humane memoir."
A collaborative memoir in two voices that celebrates the life, creativity, and accomplishments of a little-discussed but no less important female civil rights activist. Read full book review >
LUNCH WITH A BIGOT by Amitava Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"An exuberantly inquisitive collection of essays."
Kumar (English/Vassar Coll.; A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, 2014, etc.) reflects on an eclectic array of personal, professional, and political topics.Read full book review >
WRITING ON THE WALL by Mumia Abu-Jamal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"Bracing polemics that will appeal primarily to the Occupy demographic."
Anthology of prison writing by a radical icon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"War is hell, and hell is other people. In this serviceable account, Edmonds assures us that both adages are true."
Sometimes-harrowing memoir of time spent on the battleground in Iraq and its psychic consequences. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >