Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

PANCAKES IN PARIS by Craig Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A light, entertaining story of how a man turned his pipe dream into a profitable, highly respected business."
How the author created the ultimate American diner experience in Paris. Read full book review >
PLAY ALL by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A gentler companion to Harlan Ellison's The Glass Teat (1970), the only flaw of which is that it's too short, leaving readers wanting more."
Eminent literary and cultural critic James (Latest Readings, 2015, etc.) comes back to an old beat: reviewing the offerings on the small screen. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2016

"Well-intended but best read by 60-something fans of Boston ball."
Hit the quarterback. Hit the mook. This tale of crime and penalty focuses on a local antihero who did plenty of both. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"McAuliffe creates an expansive landscape in her examination of a transformative decade."
A vivid chronicle of 10 roiling years in Paris. 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 >

ADNAN'S STORY by Rabia Chaudry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"For Serial and true-crime fans, this book is a page-turner perfect for a quiet weekend."
"If there is one takeaway from this story, it should be this—the criminal justice system is not just deeply flawed, it is broken." That is how attorney and U.S. Institute of Peace senior fellow Chaudry summarizes the murder conviction and appeals of Adnan Syed, the subject of the Serial podcast. Read full book review >
His by Jaye Wiegold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"A deeply religious meditation on how God's love gives meaning to a woman's life."
A woman explores how different principles of Christianity have enabled her to overcome adversity. Read full book review >
Learning to Walk in India by Molly Kate Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An often inspiring account that should find a solid fan base, especially among those interested in the teachings of mindfulness."
A debut memoir detailing the author's struggle to regain physical health and find internal peace during an arduous trip through India. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An occasionally uneven but emotionally engaging story of one woman's struggle to survive and recover after falling through the cracks of the health care system."
Crew (A Heart for Any Fate, 2015, etc.) shares an agonizing account of prescription drug dependence and withdrawal in this memoir.Read full book review >
My Father's Daughter by Lindy Bruzzone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2016

"An important account of hereditary cancer, but it's one that could have been much more focused."
A story of resilience and resourcefulness while battling cancer and other adversities. Read full book review >
Up From Where We've Come by Charles Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2015

"A remarkable, well-told story of youth."
Wright describes his childhood in the cotton fields of Mississippi in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
UPROOT by Jace Clayton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An engrossing tour of the global cutting edge, balanced between memoir, musicology, and technology."
Sharply detailed exploration of how technology and globalization have transformed participatory audio culture for top-dollar DJs and African ensembles alike. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >