Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A courageous and important narrative offering an enlightened perspective on making informed choices about eating meat."
Knowing where your food comes from is an important aspect of food culture for a growing segment of the American population. British environmental journalist Gray moves the idea into deeper territory. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"The intimate and semi-entertaining details of an actor's childhood and her rise to stardom in Hollywood."
The autobiography of a Mainer who hit the big time in Hollywood. Read full book review >

MY LOST POETS by Philip Levine
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"Like his poetry, Levine's essays are generous, honest, and real."
One of our finest poets recalls a life well lived in poetry. Read full book review >
THE KING IS DEAD by Suzannah Lipscomb
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A delightful story of intrigue and manipulation that shows how Henry really couldn't control his kingdom."
Lipscomb (A Journey Through Tudor England: Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London to Stratford-upon-Avon and Thornbury Castle, 2015, etc.) shows Henry VIII's attempt to continue control over both church and state. Read full book review >
BLACK SQUARE by Sophie Pinkham
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"First-rate reporting, research, and writing in a debut that will make readers care as much as the author does."
A journalist's first book, a graceful mix of personal memoir and political research, illuminates the complexities of Ukraine culture. Read full book review >

KRAZY by Michael Tisserand
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Essential reading for comics fans and history buffs, Krazy is a roaring success, providing an indispensable new perspective on turn-of-the-century America."
A revelatory biography of the influential "Krazy Kat" creator George Herriman (1880-1944). Read full book review >
The Last "True" Roller Derby by Larry Smith
Released: Feb. 20, 2016

"An intriguing peek into a piece of Americana that will likely appeal mainly to derby enthusiasts."
A debut memoir offers a decade's worth of insider stories from a roller derby star. Read full book review >
Letters from Nigeria by Gretel Clark
Released: June 10, 2016

"An intriguing historical document, particularly for readers who have a passion for West Africa and narratives of the expatriate experience."
Personal missives to family and striking images reveal the daily lives of an American couple living in the West African country of Nigeria in the early 1960s. Read full book review >
The Hidden Life of a Young Woman by Paul Slaughter
Released: April 29, 2016

"A short but powerful amalgam of journalistic rigor and emotional sensitivity."
In this biography, a woman lives a remarkably independent, productive, and loving life despite a grim medical diagnosis as an infant. Read full book review >
SORRY NOT SORRY by Naya Rivera
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"There's nothing groundbreaking, but the actress comes across as down-to-earth, likable, and humanly fallible."
The former Glee star looks back with amusement and a feisty attitude on a career in modeling and acting. Read full book review >
Memories from after the War by Aloysius Pappert
Released: May 22, 2016

"A gripping story of overcoming adversity."
Pappert (Memories from After the War: A Stolen Youth, 2016), a German soldier during World War II, suffers but perseveres as an inmate in a Russian prison camp in this memoir. Read full book review >
From the Corner to the Corner Office by James A. Barlow
Released: July 27, 2016

"An impassioned, inspiring motivational manifesto."
An African-American man shares his evolution from drug dealer to college-graduate professional, social analysis, and empowerment tips in this debut motivational memoir. 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 >