Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICKEY ROONEY by Richard A. Lertzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A comprehensive portrait of Mickey the screw-up; those wanting a more considered portrait of the artist will be disappointed."
The scuzzy life and desperate times of a movie icon. Read full book review >
MY UNSENTIMENTAL EDUCATION by Debra Monroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A modest, spirited, and sometimes-captivating memoir."
A warm recounting of a bumpy journey to surprising success. Read full book review >

CHAPTER AND VERSE by Bernard Sumner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Given the author's previous reticence, fans of both bands will find this memoir revelatory."
A reticent British rock star opens up—a little. Read full book review >
KEEP MOVING by Dick Van Dyke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Those with fond memories of the author's wholesome movies and TV shows may take pleasure in this dose of good cheer; others not so much."
In this follow-up to his memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business (2011), song-and-dance man Van Dyke relishes his approaching 90th birthday and shares some tips for readers on reaching and enjoying that venerable age.Read full book review >
AUGUSTINE by Robin Lane Fox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An erudite and ordered reading of Augustine's Confessions and a worthy addition to any library on early Christianity."
A comprehensive literary biography of the great Christian thinker Augustine (354-430). Read full book review >

FRANCIS BACON IN YOUR BLOOD by Michael Peppiatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Initially, one fears this may be a crass exposé of the 'queer' life of the artist, but Peppiatt shows a deft hand in crafting an enthralling, delightful story of two very different men."
Peppiatt (Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art, 2014, etc.) delivers "the subjective story of two lives, focusing on the complex, volatile relationship that bound [Francis] Bacon and me together over…three decades."Read full book review >
NO MORE CHAMPAGNE by David Lough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Moving in a stringent chronology, the author's impressive nuts-and-bolts account finds Churchill's golden years crowned by selling his memoirs and film rights."
Just when you thought there could not be another angle to this endlessly fascinating character, here's a serious, thorough look at Winston Churchill's lifelong struggle to pay the bills. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2015

"The authors have pieced together an illuminating life portrait without extraneous biographical material, focusing intensely on their subject's belief in the strength of photographs."
A visual appreciation of "the most photographed American of the nineteenth century." Read full book review >
WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"While it can get bogged down in the minutiae of camera angles, set details, and the tedium of production, this is an illuminating, long-overdue book about the man who taught the world how to make a good film."
Curtis (Spencer Tracy, 2011, etc.) details just about every aspect of director and film production designer William Cameron Menzies (1896-1957).Read full book review >
I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER by Illeana Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The author's warm portraits and disarming honesty infuse the memoir with an endearing sweetness and charm."
Actress, producer, and director Douglas celebrates her love of movies in a cheerful debut memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A gung-ho yarn of modern war that also clarifies the resilience of Afghanistan's tribal culture."
Pulpy retelling of a notable Afghan war flash point from the perspective of the Pashtun tribesman who saved wounded Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Read full book review >
WAR OF TWO by John Sedgwick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An overly detailed but entertainingly irreverent account of two consequential men from the dawn of the American republic."
A parallel biography of two prominent figures from the Federalist era whose lives came into catastrophic collision on a dueling ground. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >