Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

LINCOLN AND THE JEWS by Jonathan D. Sarna
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Sarna and manuscript collector Shapell offer a vivid, fresh perspective on Lincoln's life and times."
A noted historian asks new questions about Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
EATING VIET NAM by Graham Holliday
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Readers are likely to run out of patience before the author has run out of pages."
A celebration of Vietnamese street food, with some offerings that will make readers squirm as much as the author initially did. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Swollen with a daughter's pride but also full of gripping detail."
The daughter of Kenneth O'Donnell, a principal adviser to John F. Kennedy, discusses the strategies, successes and failures that led to JFK's becoming the 35th president. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON'S CIRCLE by David S. Heidler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"A fluid work of historical research and engaging biography."
An elegant study on the shaping of the first presidency through the excellent people he chose to serve with him. Read full book review >
AN UNCOMPLICATED LIFE by Paul Daugherty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"An expressive, nostalgic series of memories of living life with a special needs child."
A memoir of life with a Down syndrome child. Read full book review >

RECAPITULATIONS by Vincent Crapanzano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Crapanzano's self-conscious, self-analytical style makes this a unique and interesting search for lost time."
A book of memories about the act of remembering. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"A chillingly drawn, expertly researched slice of grim Boston history."
A lively, evocative reinvigoration of Boston's Gilded Age and the psychopathic young stalker who threatened public safety. Read full book review >
CURIOSITY by Alberto Manguel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"For casual readers, the brief personal passages may provide welcome pauses in what is a highly literate and demanding text perhaps best appreciated by followers of Manguel's previous works."
An erudite analysis and exploration of curiosity through the author's own works and those of countless others. Read full book review >
FRANK by Barney Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Much more entertaining than most political memoirs, Frank's story isn't just revealing; it may be the most fun you can have reading about the United States Congress."
Now that the fiery, occasionally dyspeptic congressman has left office, he lets the air out in a memoir that feels like it's just the thing the long-serving politician has wanted to publish. Read full book review >
THE ART OF THE PIMP by Dennis Hof
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Those seeking depictions of graphic sex and the ins and outs of prostitution will dig Hof's salacious memoir. Others should steer clear."
In this sex-drenched memoir, the proprietor of the Las Vegas brothel the Moonlite BunnyRanch spills his guts about the joys of running a stable of women. Read full book review >
HAMMER HEAD by Nina MacLaughlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2015

"A surprisingly thoughtful book about taking chances and finding joy in change."
A former journalist tells the story of how a longing to "engage with the tangible, to do work that resulted in something I could touch" led to an unexpectedly fulfilling career as a carpenter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2015

"Ingenious, lucid and revealing look at the lives of two brilliant men who changed our way of seeing the world."
A fine addition to the burgeoning genre of dual biography of great figures whose lives were related, if often distantly. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >