Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

KENNETH CLARK by James Stourton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A sparkling, thoroughly entertaining portrait of a brilliant popularizer who brought art to the masses."
The man who wanted to civilize us all. Read full book review >
Crawling Into The Light by Marni Spencer-Devlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"An intense depiction of trauma and recovery."
A motivational speaker and businesswoman recounts her journey through sexual abuse, drug addiction, health issues, and more in this memoir. Read full book review >

Happily Ticked Off by Andrea R. Frazer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An illuminating book that should give parents raising special needs children hope that they can handle a seemingly devastating situation."
A mother struggles to understand and cope with the fact that her son has Tourette's syndrome. Read full book review >
HOW TO TRAVEL WITHOUT SEEING by Andrés Neuman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A dizzying, evanescent snapshot of Latin America in all its grime and glory."
The buoyant Neuman (The Things We Don't Do, 2015, etc.) takes readers on a phantasmagoric journey through Latin America. Read full book review >
LIFE BREAKS IN by Mary Cappello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An illuminating celebration of enveloping moments of being."
The author aims "not to chase mood, track it, or pin it down" but rather to "listen for it." Read full book review >

GUNSLINGER by Jeff Pearlman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though not without its flaws, Pearlman's book is a complete, satisfying biography of a gunslinger who, for both better and worse, was far more complex than most fans have understood."
A warts-and-all biography of one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Read full book review >
THE WOMEN WHO MADE NEW YORK by Julie Scelfo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An eclectic assortment of women make for an entertaining read."
An exuberant celebration of more than 100 women who shaped the myths and realities of New York City. Read full book review >
LUCKY BASTARD by Joe Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"With light humor and darker emotion, Buck candidly calls the game of his own life."
An Emmy-winning sportscaster—and son of broadcasting legend Jack Buck—rehearses his life with early frivolity and later gravity. Read full book review >
LABYRINTHS by Catrine Clay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A sensitive biography of a woman whose emotional and intellectual strengths were the ballast of her marriage and family."
The making of two psychoanalysts: Carl Jung and his loyal, ever supportive wife. Read full book review >
IN WARTIME by Tim Judah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enlightening, timely study of a misunderstood region of the world."
Making sense of the murderous muddle in Ukraine through touching personal stories and a historical reality check. Read full book review >
SPACEMAN by Mike Massimino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition."
A seasoned astronaut charts the trajectory of his love affair with space and astronomy. Read full book review >
COCKROACHES by Scholastique Mukasonga
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A thoughtful, sobering firsthand account of the refugee experience, a story that speaks to readers far beyond the African highlands."
A child's view of one of history's most chilling instances of genocide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >