Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

IN WALT WE TRUST by John Marsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2015

"Marsh confesses his love for the legendary poet, and by the end of this insightful homage, readers are likely to feel the same."
Marsh (English/Pennsylvania State Univ.; Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry, 2011, etc.) shares his affection for Walt Whitman in this gentle, thoughtful consideration of the poet's relevance to 21st-century America.Read full book review >
EYE ON THE STRUGGLE by James McGrath Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A deeply researched, skillfully written biography about a previously underappreciated individual."
Biographer Morris (Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power, 2010, etc.) resurrects the career of Ethel Payne (1911-1991), journalist, labor union and civil rights advocate, traveler on the African continent, journalism professor and pioneer in the American race wars.Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"For Mimi Baird, the book serves as closure; for general readers, it's a sobering account of how little we knew and how much we still have to learn about mental illness—especially how not to treat it."
The author was 6 in 1944 when her father, Perry Baird, was remanded to Westborough State Hospital in Massachusetts, diagnosed with manic-depressive psychosis and disappearing from her life. Here, she reconstructs the past in a moving, melancholy memoir. Read full book review >
I'M NOT A TERRORIST, BUT I'VE PLAYED ONE ON TV by Maz Jobrani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A funny and occasionally insightful memoir of an Iranian-American comedian finding a voice in showbiz."
The struggles and successes of "the Persian Eddie Murphy." Read full book review >
THE REAGAN ERA by Doug Rossinow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A thoughtful analysis that will annoy and please readers on both sides of the aisle."
Rossinow (History/Metropolitan State Univ.; Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America, 2007, etc.) revisits the 1980s and finds things both to admire and disdain in the president, the culture and the rest of us.Read full book review >

BORN TO BE KING by Catherine Mayer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Though far from comprehensive, Mayer's intriguing snapshot of Prince Charles reveals the often overlooked intricacies of his personality."
A brief biography of Britain's famous king-in-waiting, Prince Charles. Read full book review >
MY AVANT-GARDE EDUCATION by Bernard Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"An unconventional narrative that focuses on sharp, piercing moments."
PEN/Hemingway Award winner Cooper (The Bill from My Father: A Memoir, 2006, etc.) returns with a memoir/essay collection (some previously published) that chronicles his early interest in pop art and charts where that interest has taken him.Read full book review >
MEET ME IN VENICE by Suzanne Ma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A genial, informative chronicle of the hopes and dreams of a Chinese immigrant."
A Chinese teenager's saga immigrating from Eastern China to Italy. Read full book review >
ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Philip Connors
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Unlike other, neater narratives of being lost and found, Connors' story—told with harrowing insight and fierce prose—is messy and incomplete and makes no apologies for being anything but."
Connors (Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, 2012) reflects candidly on the years he spent unmoored after a family tragedy; he continuously found himself in places he felt apart from.Read full book review >
THE BURMA SPRING by Rena Pederson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Pederson visited her subject several times, and she draws a deeply nuanced portrait of the enigmatic, inspiring leader."
The long, hard road to "national reconciliation" wrought by Burmese national heroine Aung San Suu Kyi (b. 1945). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Despite new sources, Sloyan fails to offer a fresh assessment."
A journalist revisits John F. Kennedy's legacy. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF LANGSTON HUGHES by Langston Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A privileged perspective on the man and his art."
The renowned poet's life revealed in letters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >