Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

MINISTERS AT WAR by Jonathan Schneer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Clear, thoroughly entertaining and full of lively detail."
During World War II, Britain was guided by a group of talented, ambitious rivals who put aside their differences to defeat their common enemy. Here's a look at how they worked together—and how it fell apart just as victory was in hand. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Halpern ably explores the clashing personalities and worldviews that had physics in churning ferment during the early part of the 20th century."
The history of a grand theory—the theory of everything, aka the unified field theory—that never achieved flight and the two household names that kicked the fledgling theory from the nest before its time. Read full book review >

COURSE CORRECTION by Ginny Gilder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A passionate memoir of a woman rower who battled numerous odds in search of becoming the best in her sport."
How one woman overcame numerous obstacles to become an Olympic silver medalist in rowing. Read full book review >
THE END OF THE RAINY SEASON by Marian E. Lindberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Earnest and convoluted, Lindberg's story awards patient, adventurous readers."
The shadowy disappearance of the author's grandfather into the jungles of Brazil spurs a literary and emotional investigation. Read full book review >
HOW I SHED MY SKIN by Jim Grimsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Although proud that he and his classmates made history, the culture of hatred he recounts in this revelatory memoir still, he notes sadly, persists."
After a court decision, children struggled to enact integration. Read full book review >

I WAS A CHILD by Bruce Eric Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Childhood memories dominate, but the last years of his parents bring to the fore the melancholy that has been there all along."
Dry, droll observations from the author's childhood, with an undercurrent of understated sadness. Read full book review >
FINDING SAMUEL LOWE by Paula Williams Madison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A well-structured memoir told in brief, punchy vignettes alternating between past and present."
A spirited pursuit of her mother's roots takes one African-American woman from Jamaica to Harlem to China. Read full book review >
FIRST LADIES by Susan Swain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though presented in a stilted fashion, all the portraits are rendered with sympathy and detail."
Selections from the popular yearlong C-SPAN series exploring the lives of the first ladies, each offering conversational, somewhat truncated viewpoints by various historians. Read full book review >
I WILL ALWAYS WRITE BACK by Caitlin Alifirenka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A feel-good, message-driven book that may appeal to adults more than teens. (photographs) (Memoir. 12 & up)"
A pen-pal correspondence between an American girl and a Zimbabwean boy blossoms into a lifelong friendship. Read full book review >
THE RAINMAN'S THIRD CURE by Peter Coyote
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Presented with so many well-defined faces, there's guaranteed to be at least one Coyote, and probably more, that readers enjoy meeting."
An imperious and flawed father figure looms large in Coyote's artfully rendered chronicle of his intriguing journey from confused, privileged youth to enlightened Zen practitioner. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A mostly engaging mix of World War II history, Greek mythology, endurance training and spiritual self-help that doesn't always cohere."
A book beyond category attempts to engage readers on a number of levels. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A provocative account of the outsized contributions of these modern-day robber barons."
The co-authors of the bestselling Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft (1999) attempt to extract timeless principles of strategic leadership from the unique business-building skills of tech titans Bill Gates of Microsoft, Andrew Grove of Intel and Steve Jobs of Apple. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >