Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

KISSINGER by Niall Ferguson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A massive, occasionally bloated (will the next volume also run over 1,000 pages?) study of the formation of the young Kissinger, before the idealist became a realist with his selection by President Richard Nixon as national security adviser in 1968."
Exhaustive account of the first half of Kissinger's life as a "tale of an education through experience." Read full book review >
BUILDING ART by Paul Goldberger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Richly researched, intelligent, and graceful, but some readers may wonder if Gehry has a dark side."
An admiring life of the celebrated architect who designed, among other notable structures, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Read full book review >

THE LETTERS OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY by Ernest Hemingway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2015

"A meticulously edited volume offering an unvarnished portrait."
The third volume of a projected 17-volume collection of Hemingway's letters covers three years during which the author rose to literary fame with the publication of The Sun Also Rises (1926), Torrents of Spring (1926), and the collection Men Without Women (1927).Read full book review >
WINSTON CHURCHILL REPORTING by Simon Read
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A richly detailed look at Churchill's early ambitions and triumphs."
Before he was a statesman, Winston Churchill (1874-1965) sought adventure and fame. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF NATURE by Andrea Wulf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Humboldt was the Einstein of the 19th century but far more widely read, and Wulf successfully combines a biography with an intoxicating history of his times."
Engrossing biography of "a visionary, a thinker far ahead of his time," who "revolutionized the way we see the natural world." Read full book review >

THE RISING by Ryan D'Agostino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"True crime and human perseverance merge in this engrossing chronicle of a small-town atrocity."
A chilling examination of the 2007 slaughter of a Connecticut family and how the sole survivor carried on. Read full book review >
MAMA TRIED by Emily Flake
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A mixed bag of a graphic memoir. Alternadad, meet Indie-mom."
A graphic narrative provides a hipster's guide to motherhood. Read full book review >
HUNTER KILLER by T. Mark McCurley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An illuminating tale of a pilot on the cutting edge."
An Air Force veteran tells an exciting tale of tracking terrorist leaders by remote piloted aircraft, the future of military aviation. Read full book review >
A WOMAN IN LOVE by Elizabeth Stall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2015

"An anguished, one-sided, but sometimes-joyful love letter."
A debut chronicle of a woman's love life from her first kiss through marriage, its breakup, and a subsequent painful parting with a lover. Read full book review >
FRANCIS, POPE OF GOOD PROMISE by Jimmy Burns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sprawling study that, though enlightening, takes readers on more of a journey than they may have bargained for."
A wide-ranging biography of the current pope. Read full book review >
FROM THE MOUTHS OF DOGS by B.J. Hollars
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An honest, heartwarming choice for animal lovers."
Hollars (Creative Writing/Univ. of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa, 2013, etc.) examines what "humans stand to learn as a result of our close-knit lives with our pets."Read full book review >
I CAN GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE by Gary Indiana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Indiana remarks that his memories are 'colored by mood and contingency.' The mood of this memoir is mostly rueful, bitter, and sad."
A writer, filmmaker, playwright, and artist recalls his past. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >