Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

30 DAYS A BLACK MAN by Bill Steigerwald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"Sprigle's audacity was forgotten, but Steigerwald turns it into rollicking, haunting American history."
Fascinating account of an anti-Jim Crow muckraking adventure. Read full book review >
GOLDEN by Marcus Thompson II
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fans of the Warriors and especially of Curry will enjoy the book, which has its virtues in terms of depth and insight, but the rest can wait until Curry's career is over for a more fully fleshed and less-adulatory biography."
A hagiographic look at an NBA star with a lot of career ahead of him. Read full book review >

LOVE AND TROUBLE by Claire Dederer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2017

"Insightful, provocative, and fearlessly frank, Dederer seduces readers with her warmth, wit, and wisdom."
A fierce new memoir from the essayist and longtime New York Times contributor. Read full book review >
GONE by Min Kym
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A pellucid memoir of letting go and coming to terms."
A child prodigy suffers a great loss and then finds herself. Read full book review >
OUT OF LINE by Barbara Lynch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A rugged tale of a self-made woman in a high-stress profession."
A celebrated Boston-area chef rehearses her rugged Southie background, her rise into the ranks of the elite restaurateurs, and her various personal doings and demons. Read full book review >

MY CUBS by Scott Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A pleasant, slight memoir with a happy ending."
The NPR Weekend Edition host offers an extended personal essay about his lifelong infatuation with the Chicago Cubs. Read full book review >
FLIGHT PATH by Hannah Palmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A thoughtful, eclectic account of what infrastructure progress can leave in its wake."
A young writer retraces her search for former homes lost to a unique form of urban sprawl. Read full book review >
MID-LIFE EX-WIFE by Stella Grey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A frank, guileless, and useful account of a 50-something's search for love through online dating services."
One woman's adventures in the online dating scene. Read full book review >
AND THE SPIRIT MOVED THEM by Helen LaKelly Hunt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"The faith-based argument is not always convincing, but the author's call for renewed feminist action, based on 'the spirit and ethic of love,' makes for timely reading."
The story of the abolitionists of the early to mid-19th century who set the stage for women's campaign for equality and the vote. Read full book review >
JANE AUSTEN, THE SECRET RADICAL by Helena Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A fine-grained study that shows us how to read between the lines to discover the remarkable woman who helped transform the novel from trash to an absolute art form."
Tracking the "shadowy, curiously colorless figure" of the revered novelist. Read full book review >
NOTES ON A BANANA by David Leite
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brave and moving tale of food, family, and psychology."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger tells the story of his struggle to come to terms with his Portuguese heritage, bipolar disorder, and homosexuality. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A powerful argument for reducing inequality and revolutionizing how we use the Web for the benefit of the many rather than the few."
When American representative democracy collapses, blame it on Facebook. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >