Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

ADOLFO KAMINSKY by Sarah Kaminsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Writing in Adolfo's voice gives this suspenseful narrative candor and immediacy."
A brilliant forger's 29-year resistance against oppression. Read full book review >
INDELIBLE INK by Richard Kluger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A book of American history for all, but lawyers and journalists will especially appreciate it."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian looks back at the 1730s, when a single court case established the first step toward freedom of the press. Read full book review >

WOLF BOYS by Dan Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Engrossing and readable yet nightmarish vision of a hyperviolent and corporatized narcotics industry, seducing a new generation with minimal alternatives."
A grisly yet compelling tale of impoverished Mexican-American youth molded into assassins by Los Zetas, the fearsome drug cartel. Read full book review >
I'M JUDGING YOU by Luvvie Ajayi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Bits of humor help these occasionally hard-hitting essays go down."
A collection of societal criticism tempered with humor. Read full book review >
IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY by Carol Burnett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An entertaining if somewhat overly anecdotal look back at a beloved weekly variety series."
The TV legend reflects on her eponymous variety series. Read full book review >

JACOB NEUSNER by Aaron W. Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Hughes offers a worthwhile study of Neusner's life but little about the substance of his work."
The life story of the father of modern Jewish studies. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"History and biography lacking in intellectual curiosity or a coherent overarching concept."
Three mid-19th-century leaders shape their countries' destinies. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND by Edward Wilson-Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Wilson-Lee enjoyably melds memoir, history, and literary travelogue to reveal the surprising hold that Shakespeare continues to have on a culture remote from his own."
Pursuing the Bard across the history, geography, and culture of East Africa. Read full book review >
THE HOME PLACE by J. Drew Lanham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A shrewd meditation on home, family, nature, and the author's native South."
An ornithologist writes about himself as a member of a rare and perhaps endangered species: the African-American birder. Read full book review >
FAUSTIAN BARGAINS by Joan Mellen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A book that will fuel conspiracy theorists and further blacken Johnson's legacy."
Linking LBJ to blackmail, intimidation, and even murder. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Poole calls his occasionally flaky biography 'unorthodox,' but it's also thoroughly enjoyable and highly readable."
A deep plunge into the Lovecraft-ian dark side. Read full book review >
TROTSKY IN NEW YORK, 1917 by Kenneth D. Ackerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An entertaining and informative account of a footnote to the life of one of the 20th century's most charismatic leaders."
An account of the two months in 1917 when Leon Trotsky "found refuge in the United States," where he experienced the "last gasp of the Belle Epoque." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >