Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

THE ART OF THE PUBLISHER by Roberto Calasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A treat for book lovers, especially those who lust for the productions of Feltrinelli, Bompiani, and, of course, Adelphi."
The eminent Italian litteratus and publisher brings learning and passion to this chronicle of the business of getting books into the hands of readers. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF K2 by Mick Conefrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Most of us will never experience K2. Conefrey leaves readers with both tremendous admiration for and an appreciation of the consequences for those who succeed in an adventure so physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing."
Chronicling the superhuman efforts to climb, though never conquer, the "Savage Mountain." Read full book review >

SAM PHILLIPS by Peter Guralnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A wonderful story that brings us deep into that moment when America made race music its own and gave rise to the rock sound now heard around the world."
A monumental biography of the larger-than-life loner who fought for the acceptance of black music and discovered an extraordinary group of poor, country-boy singers whose records would transform American popular culture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A stronger authorial voice would have strengthened this book considerably."
Indomitable women, trapped in war. Read full book review >
AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE by Stan Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A worthwhile primer for adoring acolytes, but too much P.T. Barnum and not enough behind-the-scenes insights for a broader audience."
Comic book legend Lee offers fans a graphic autobiography in his inimitably jaunty style. Read full book review >

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICKEY ROONEY by Richard A. Lertzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A comprehensive portrait of Mickey the screw-up; those wanting a more considered portrait of the artist will be disappointed."
The scuzzy life and desperate times of a movie icon. Read full book review >
MY UNSENTIMENTAL EDUCATION by Debra Monroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A modest, spirited, and sometimes-captivating memoir."
A warm recounting of a bumpy journey to surprising success. Read full book review >
CHAPTER AND VERSE by Bernard Sumner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Given the author's previous reticence, fans of both bands will find this memoir revelatory."
A reticent British rock star opens up—a little. Read full book review >
KEEP MOVING by Dick Van Dyke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Those with fond memories of the author's wholesome movies and TV shows may take pleasure in this dose of good cheer; others not so much."
In this follow-up to his memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business (2011), song-and-dance man Van Dyke relishes his approaching 90th birthday and shares some tips for readers on reaching and enjoying that venerable age.Read full book review >
AUGUSTINE by Robin Lane Fox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An erudite and ordered reading of Augustine's Confessions and a worthy addition to any library on early Christianity."
A comprehensive literary biography of the great Christian thinker Augustine (354-430). Read full book review >
FRANCIS BACON IN YOUR BLOOD by Michael Peppiatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Initially, one fears this may be a crass exposé of the 'queer' life of the artist, but Peppiatt shows a deft hand in crafting an enthralling, delightful story of two very different men."
Peppiatt (Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art, 2014, etc.) delivers "the subjective story of two lives, focusing on the complex, volatile relationship that bound [Francis] Bacon and me together over…three decades."Read full book review >
NO MORE CHAMPAGNE by David Lough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Moving in a stringent chronology, the author's impressive nuts-and-bolts account finds Churchill's golden years crowned by selling his memoirs and film rights."
Just when you thought there could not be another angle to this endlessly fascinating character, here's a serious, thorough look at Winston Churchill's lifelong struggle to pay the bills. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >