Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

HOW I SHED MY SKIN by Jim Grimsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Although proud that he and his classmates made history, the culture of hatred he recounts in this revelatory memoir still, he notes sadly, persists."
After a court decision, children struggled to enact integration. Read full book review >
I WAS A CHILD by Bruce Eric Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Childhood memories dominate, but the last years of his parents bring to the fore the melancholy that has been there all along."
Dry, droll observations from the author's childhood, with an undercurrent of understated sadness. Read full book review >

FINDING SAMUEL LOWE by Paula Williams Madison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A well-structured memoir told in brief, punchy vignettes alternating between past and present."
A spirited pursuit of her mother's roots takes one African-American woman from Jamaica to Harlem to China. Read full book review >
FIRST LADIES by Susan Swain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though presented in a stilted fashion, all the portraits are rendered with sympathy and detail."
Selections from the popular yearlong C-SPAN series exploring the lives of the first ladies, each offering conversational, somewhat truncated viewpoints by various historians. Read full book review >
I WILL ALWAYS WRITE BACK by Caitlin Alifirenka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A feel-good, message-driven book that may appeal to adults more than teens. (photographs) (Memoir. 12 & up)"
A pen-pal correspondence between an American girl and a Zimbabwean boy blossoms into a lifelong friendship. Read full book review >

THE RAINMAN'S THIRD CURE by Peter Coyote
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Presented with so many well-defined faces, there's guaranteed to be at least one Coyote, and probably more, that readers enjoy meeting."
An imperious and flawed father figure looms large in Coyote's artfully rendered chronicle of his intriguing journey from confused, privileged youth to enlightened Zen practitioner. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A mostly engaging mix of World War II history, Greek mythology, endurance training and spiritual self-help that doesn't always cohere."
A book beyond category attempts to engage readers on a number of levels. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A provocative account of the outsized contributions of these modern-day robber barons."
The co-authors of the bestselling Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft (1999) attempt to extract timeless principles of strategic leadership from the unique business-building skills of tech titans Bill Gates of Microsoft, Andrew Grove of Intel and Steve Jobs of Apple. Read full book review >
REJECTION PROOF by Jia Jiang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A breezy guide to dealing with rejection and transforming it into a learning experience."
A book written from personal experience about rejection—how to live with it and learn from it. Read full book review >
THE BIG SWIM by Carrie Saxifrage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A soulful and sobering memoir of climate change and personal responsibilities."
An American-born Canadian journalist contemplates mindful living in a world threatened by climate change. Read full book review >
THE NOODLE MAKER OF KALIMPONG by Gyalo Thondup
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A thorough but not always convincing story of foreign intrigue."
From Thondup, the current Dalai Lama's elder brother, a personal perspective on the history of Tibet since the Chinese occupation. Read full book review >
9 1/2 NARROW by Patricia Morrisroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A funny, warm and insightful trek through one woman's life and American popular culture—a successful blend of form and function."
Chronicling five decades of life by recounting the shoes worn during important societal and personal milestones is a quirky, possibly gimmicky, foundation for a narrative, but Morrisroe (Wide Awake: What I Learned About Sleep from Doctors, Drug Companies, Dream Experts, and a Reindeer Herder in the Arctic Circle, 2010, etc.) hits the mark.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >