Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An up-and-down collection that often blurs the line between ha-ha funny and odd funny."
A tour diary from the veteran comedian. Read full book review >
A REALLY BIG LUNCH by Jim Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2017

"If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial."
A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life. Read full book review >

DEMOCRAZY by Trey Radel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A minor though still worthy entry in the library devoted to the legal sausage-making that goes on in Washington."
In which a right-wing crusader both gets his comeuppance and concludes that maybe Nancy Pelosi et al. aren't so bad after all. Read full book review >
IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS by Kristen Radtke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Powerfully illustrated and incisively written—a subtle dazzler of a debut."
Insights and images combine in a meditation on loss, grief, and the illusions of permanence. Read full book review >
COME SEPTEMBER by Harriet A. Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A sometimes-saccharine but positive collection of personal and imagined accounts."
A woman charts her own life's journey and provides an account of the African-American experience through a kaleidoscope of nonfiction essays and fictionalized vignettes. Read full book review >

Katrina and the Need for Revival in the American Church by Jerry Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A thought-provoking—if troubling—Katrina-driven jeremiad about the ills besetting American Christianity."
A Hurricane Katrina memoir doubles as a call for religious renewal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2017

"An effervescently witty, if exhaustive, chronicle of perseverance and the power to overcome the darkest of days."
Stand-up comedian MacGibbon (Never Give in to Fear, 2012) returns in this follow-up memoir, offering a more introspective look at her upbringing and early life. Read full book review >
QUOTING MATILDA by Susan Savion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"An enthusiastic but unpolished examination of a 19th-century radical."
A debut biography of a women's rights activist draws heavily on her writings. Read full book review >
YES, SIR! NO, SIR! NO EXCUSE, SIR! by Robert George
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"An often affecting, if formulaic, story that's unpretentiously told."
A recounting of a man's spiritual journey from anger to inner peace. Read full book review >
JAY by Jay Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2016

"An account that rushes too quickly from one memory to the next without allowing a scene's potential to develop fully."
A debut memoir focuses on a rural childhood and adventurous self-discovery. Read full book review >
"OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY" by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Potter described her stories as giving 'pleasure without ugliness.' The same can be said of this respectful biography."
The life of the prolific children's author was circumscribed, even by Victorian standards. Read full book review >
THE POPE OF BROOKLYN by Joseph Di Prisco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite some solipsistic meandering, a deft, amusing, and tough memoir."
A literary son traces his fugitive father in a pulpy yet cerebral memoir. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >