Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
Host of Memories by Peter Rupert Lighte
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"Lively, evocative autobiographical essays."
Focusing Proust-like on the objects that embody memories, Lighte (Pieces of China, 2009) hosts a tour of his life, from an American Jewish upbringing to a career in China and London.Read full book review >
THE ROSE HOTEL by Rahimeh Andalibian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A powerful and uplifting memoir of tragedy and healing."
A New York-based clinical psychologist tells the moving story of the life-changing trauma she and her family suffered as a result of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"The fascinating story of a figure who deserves to be much better known."
Seyler (Emerita, English/Northern Virginia Community Coll.) delivers a biography of William Bankes (1786-1855), one of the first Europeans to document the ruins of ancient Egypt. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A rich but meandering book that will mostly appeal to like-minded fans."
One horror fan's mélange of memories, opinions and movie facts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A useful hands-on resource for development visionaries."
How an unlikely 15-year partnership between an American college graduate and a South African schoolteacher created a model nonprofit to help stabilize and educate children in the poorest townships. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >