Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

SPIDER FROM MARS by Woody Woodmansey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A genial if surface-level glimpse into a brief but critical period of Bowie's career."
One of David Bowie's former drummers recalls his brief and occasionally baffling tenure with Ziggy Stardust. Read full book review >
KADIAN JOURNAL by Thomas Harding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An emotionally raw and uncompromising memoir."
A British journalist and nonfiction writer's account of how he came to uneasy terms with the accidental death of his 14-year-old son. Read full book review >

IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR by Tony Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A layered portrait of the legendary singer whose self-destructiveness came to overshadow his hits."
A biography of soul singer "Wicked" Wilson Pickett (1941-2006). Read full book review >
LIGHT COME SHINING by Andrew McCarron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"McCarron successfully makes a mysterious figure a touch less mysterious."
An academic and poet gamely attempts to unravel Bob Dylan's cryptic psyche. Read full book review >
APOLLO PILOT by Donn Eisele
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A slim, straightforward addition to the record of space travel."
A posthumous memoir gives an unsung astronaut his due. Read full book review >

CHARLES DICKENS by Jenny Hartley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A deft, authoritative, and engaging reappraisal of the great Victorian novelist."
Restless, tireless, and prolific, Dickens "became an adjective in his own lifetime." Read full book review >
MONTAIGNE by Philippe Desan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A dense work to be read in conjunction with the humanist's own eloquent writing."
Revisiting the public and private life of the extraordinary humanist in light of religious divisions of the 16th century. Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF THE TUDORS by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A mostly entertaining mixture of esoteric social history and well-known details of the personal lives of Tudor monarchs."
Amusing, well-researched biographies of rulers from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, focused on how they were born, dressed, ate, washed, slept, played, and died. Read full book review >
THE TURTLE'S BEATING HEART by Denise Low
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An engagingly written mix of research, reportage, and memoir, infused with the passion of discovery."
A poet and professor comes to terms with her Native American heritage. Read full book review >
SHADOW WARRIORS OF WORLD WAR II by Gordon Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A welcome addition to WWII literature."
A group biography of the fearless young women who became secret agents during World War II. Read full book review >
FIT FOR THE PRESIDENCY? by Seymour Morris Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A timely, amusing, and occasionally eye-opening exercise."
On the theory that experience is the best predictor of future performance, Morris (Supreme Commander: MacArthur's Triumph in Japan, 2014, etc.) examines and evaluates, as any hiring committee might, the resumes of 15 men, all past applicants for the job of president. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An engaging argument for justice for a flawed but perhaps wrongfully disgraced civil servant."
A reconsideration of one of the most notorious scandals of the Warren Harding presidency. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >