Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

TRYING TO FLOAT by Nicolaia Rips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"An engaging story with a big heart, written by a young adult whose sharply tuned and often witty observations will appeal to adults and teens alike."
First-time author Rips, a high school senior who lives with her parents in New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel, reflects on her earlier years attending public schools in the city and befriending the many eccentric residents at the hotel. Read full book review >
THE WICKED BOY by Kate Summerscale
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"This well-written story is not so much a true-crime tale or murder mystery as an excellent sociological study of turn-of-the-20th-century England."
An investigation of a late-19th-century crime in which a 13-year-old boy murdered his mother. Read full book review >

WEAR AND TEAR by Tracy Tynan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"Star-studded, gossipy, and engaging."
The daughter of celebrities reflects on fame, parenthood, and style. Read full book review >
ON TRAILS by Robert Moor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"With side trips to areas scarcely visited before, this is a fine guide to places with better views of the world."
A sagacious walker and writer guides us on a new journey of discovery, a different kind of road trip about roads themselves and what they mean. Read full book review >
THE JOLLY ROGER SOCIAL CLUB by Nick Foster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"An engrossing, well-developed true-crime tale, unsettling in its portrayal of the underbelly of its tropical setting."
A juicy, disturbing account of "the world's first capitalist serial killer," who wreaked havoc among unsuspecting expatriates in a remote, hedonistic Panama archipelago. Read full book review >

EYE OF THE SIXTIES by Judith E. Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A shadowy figure of the 1960s art world is gloriously revealed."
An in-depth biography of influential art gallery dealer Richard Bellamy (1927-1998). Read full book review >
YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT by Jessi Klein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A gifted comedian turns the anxieties, obsessions, insecurities, and impossible-to-meet expectations that make up human nature into laughter."
From childhood to motherhood, comedian Klein's fresh takes on the perplexities of womanhood in America. Read full book review >
THE VOYEUR'S MOTEL by Gay Talese
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"Undoubtedly creepy and unnerving but also an entirely compelling slice of seamy American life."
The disturbing private world of the sleaziest motel manager since Norman Bates. Read full book review >
SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGS by David Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A warm and well-researched—though not particularly compelling—appreciation of one of the stage's most beloved performers and, on the evidence here, least interesting legends."
The charmed life and times of Broadway sweetheart Mary Martin (1913-1990). Read full book review >
BITTERROOT by Steven Faulkner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2016

"A fine travelogue worthy of shelving next to Jonathan Raban and William Least Heat-Moon."
A well-recounted father-and-son journey in the Missouri River country. Read full book review >
All But Normal by Shawn Thornton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A religious debut memoir that carefully brings an engaging, complex family to life."
A pastor examines his childhood living with a disabled parent. Read full book review >
CATULLUS' BEDSPREAD by Daisy Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A fresh, knowledgeable introduction to life, love, war, and rivalries in ancient Rome."
The short life of Rome's first lyric poet. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >