Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Norm Macdonald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Will try the patience of even the comedian's fans."
Now that pretty much every one of his contemporaries has written a memoir, why not Macdonald? Read full book review >
A LIFE WELL PLAYED by Arnold Palmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A heartfelt, sincere, mini-self-portrait by a man who epitomizes class."
One of the greatest golfers of all time offers up some stories and advice. Read full book review >

A TRUCK FULL OF MONEY by Tracy Kidder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"More engrossing work from a gifted practitioner of narrative nonfiction."
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner tells the story of a maverick software engineer and entrepreneur's remarkable life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"In a review of Kent Haruf's Benediction, Le Guin remarks on a character's 'humor so dry it's almost ether.' That praise applies to Le Guin as well in a collection notable for its wit, unvarnished opinions, and passion."
Collected nonfiction by the prolific, multiaward-winning writer. Read full book review >
RAY & JOAN by Lisa Napoli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A book characterized by deep research and a seamless weaving together of the details of different lives."
A dual biography of the man who made McDonald's ubiquitous and his third wife, who, after his death, spent the last two decades of her life becoming one of most generous philanthropists in American history. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Much of the work will be confusing to the mathematically disinclined, but their story is inspiring and enlightening."
An inside look at the World War II-era black female mathematicians who assisted greatly in the United States' aeronautics industry. Read full book review >
ALGREN by Mary Wisniewski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"'In backpacks across America, Algren still lives.'"
Since it's been 25 years since the only comprehensive biography of Nelson Algren (1909-1981), this discerning book is welcome. Read full book review >
THE TAO OF BILL MURRAY by Gavin Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend."
A personal philosophy based on Bill Murray's well-publicized high jinks, pranks, and exploits. Read full book review >
WHERE MEMORY LEADS by Saul Friedländer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Though dry in tone, the book is haunting in scope and depth."
A foremost Holocaust scholar carefully reflects on his harsh early years and lifelong academic mission in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Geneva, and Los Angeles. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A captivating celebration of a life among words."
A witty memoir from a dictionary editor who insists he is not a "word lover." Read full book review >
STORIES FROM AFIELD by Bruce L. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Reflective thoughts and vibrant specifics bring a nature biologist's love of the outdoors to readers."
A wildlife biologist shares some of his adventures in the field. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE TENSE OF JOY by Jessica Teich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2016

"An honest, compassionate memoir about shaking off personal demons and finding 'solace…liberation [and] joy.'"
An account of the author's obsession with a female Rhodes scholar who killed herself at 27. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >