Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

THE LAST ROYAL REBEL by Anna Keay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A lively and probably definitive biography of an ill-fated Restoration notable."
Charles II sired 14 bastards but loved his first, James, most of all. Unfortunately, only legitimate children could inherit the throne. Read full book review >
THE NEXT PANDEMIC by Ali S. Khan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"The details are sometimes disturbing, but Khan writes with verve, clarity, and a touch of humor."
Autobiography of a self-described disease detective whose adventures in public health dramatize the need to modify our approach to emerging infections and possible pandemics. Read full book review >

DRIVE! by Lawrence Goldstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"'Horse Is Doomed,' read one headline in 1895. This highly readable popular history tells why."
The creation of the American automobile. Read full book review >
ONCE A COP by Corey Pegues
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A gritty, straightforward memoir about corrective determination written from both sides of the law."
A Queens native recounts his evolution from drug dealer to decorated veteran police officer. Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE OF WOE by John Hickenlooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"Hickenlooper draws an analogy between brewing and politics (the activist as yeast, the political leader as brewer), but however apt that metaphor, it's difficult to imagine a more unusual preparation for public life than the one ably recounted here."
Colorado's high-profile governor submits an unconventional autobiography. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"An inspiring, well-rendered, deeply reported, and often infuriating account."
Salon contributing writer Dayen illuminates how, during the past 10 years, home buyers ended up illegally evicted from their residences as the result of dishonesty, greed, and heartlessness involving mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers, investment bankers, and unscrupulous lawyers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A forthright testimony by a witness to history."
Triumphs and frustrations mark the author's long legal career. Read full book review >
JOE GOULD'S TEETH by Jill Lepore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A fascinating, sharply written, thoroughly engaging jeu d'esprit."
A writer searches for a "holy grail" manuscript of endless words. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"An engaging travel narrative for both language lovers and general audiences."
A blogger and documentary filmmaker's account of how she and her family became globe-trotting foreign language learners. Read full book review >
FINDING FONTAINEBLEAU by Thad Carhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Those lucky enough to have lived and attended school in Europe will love this book, and anyone heading to Paris will surely add Fontainebleau to his or her schedule."
The author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank (2001) returns with another celebration of France.Read full book review >
LATE TO THE BALL by Gerald Marzorati
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"What begins as a straightforward chronicle of a not-entirely-unusual midlife quest evolves into an examination of midlife reinvention in general, both the how and the why."
A career editor and writer takes up tennis at age 60—not as a hobby, but competitively. Read full book review >
STANLEY KUBRICK AND ME by Emilio D'Alessandro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"As good an insider's view of middle- to late-period Kubrick as there is."
A fly-on-the-wall view of the movie business as conducted by a highly eccentric director. 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 >