Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

THE HERO'S BODY by William Giraldi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A hearty, bittersweet familial chronicle of masculinity drawing on the underappreciated bond between fathers and sons."
A loving son reflects on life with a brawny father whose premature death permanently transformed him. Read full book review >
SCREAM by Tama Janowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A tone of whininess undermines the author's sharp perceptions."
Chronicles of fame, mishaps, and assorted grievances. Read full book review >

TEXTBOOK AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Long on inventiveness but short on substance."
Ephemera from the life of a children's book author. Read full book review >
THE FOUR-DIMENSIONAL HUMAN by Laurence Scott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"More Adorno than Negroponte but of interest to students of contemporary first-world culture."
Is Airbnb the beginning of our end? Perhaps not, but, as this elegant meditation explores, it's just one more sign of our sterile, disembodied times. 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 >

PATIENT H.M. by Luke Dittrich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A mesmerizing, maddening story and a model of journalistic investigation."
Oliver Sacks meets Stephen King in a piercing study of one of psychiatric medicine's darker hours. Read full book review >
ONE OF THESE THINGS FIRST by Steven Gaines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A spirited narrative of a hard-won coming-of-age."
The story of the author's experiences of transformation in a famed mental hospital. Read full book review >
ORIGINS OF THE UNIVERSE AND WHAT IT ALL MEANS by Carole Firstman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A saddening but ultimately redeeming memoir that, though well-paced and well-told, is of limited appeal."
Life with father isn't always the stuff of greeting cards. Read full book review >
PLAYING DEAD by Elizabeth Greenwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Though earnestly researched, the narrative feels disjointed, and the book is never quite as engrossing as the potential for the intriguing content would suggest."
An investigation of the world of death fraud. Read full book review >
PICKETT'S CHARGE by Phillip Thomas Tucker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Blemished by repetitive prose and a needlessly bumptious tone, Tucker's narrative nevertheless contains much to interest and provoke Civil War enthusiasts."
A popular historian deconstructs "the greatest assault of the greatest battle of America's greatest war." Read full book review >
THE AGE OF BOWIE by Paul Morley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Bowie still deserves a full-dress serious biography, which would benefit from a touch of this book's reckless spirit."
A lengthy critical tribute to David Bowie's pop-cultural legacy, with a particular emphasis on his epochal 1970s work. Read full book review >
FROM WASHINGTON TO MOSCOW by Louis Sell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"A rare and intimate look at Gorbachev and the events leading up to his presidency, this is a minor but thoughtful addition to the long shelf of Cold War books."
A chronicle of the final years of the Cold War and its lingering aftermath. 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 >