Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BLACK ELK by Joe Jackson
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Of much literary and historical merit and a fine addition to the shelves of anyone interested in this part of America's unhappy past."
Stirring, wide-ranging biography of the Sioux elder whose testimonials underlay "one of the twentieth century's most important documents on Native American culture." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Like Child and her recipes, Prud'homme focuses on theme and variation, eschewing a straight chronology for an affectionate but journalistically scrupulous backstage account of Child's influential second act."
Prud'homme (Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2013, etc.) explores the life of his great aunt, Julia Child (1912-2004), America's first celebrity chef and an enduring cultural icon. Read full book review >

NOBODY'S SON by Mark Slouka
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A moving and intense memoir from a gifted author."
A distinguished novelist and short story writer's memoir about uncovering a painful family past he had "hidden…in fiction, story after story, book after book." Read full book review >
THE AGE OF BOWIE by Paul Morley
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Bowie still deserves a full-dress serious biography, which would benefit from a touch of this book's reckless spirit."
A lengthy critical tribute to David Bowie's pop-cultural legacy, with a particular emphasis on his epochal 1970s work. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A collection of singular encounters with a film subculture, some failing to develop the larger concerns but many offering unique insight into the darker fringes of a bygone Hollywood."
A screenwriter and film buff plunges into the bizarre world of film collectors, finding people willing to sacrifice anything to preserve a dying art. Read full book review >

TRUMP REVEALED by Michael Kranish
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A foregone conclusion: fans of Trump will want to turn to The Art of the Deal, while his detractors will find plenty of ammunition here for their cause."
The man who would be king—pardon, president—comes in for unsparing scrutiny and is found wanting. Read full book review >
Out of the Inferno by Randy Evans
Released: June 10, 2016

"A profoundly honest work from a man who survived Cancerland and discovered new gifts, a different path, and, ultimately, peace."
A memoir examines life, love, and cancer. Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 2016

"A poignant story that's full of historical insight."
Lehmann offers a historical novel based on the true story of young, Christian anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl. Read full book review >
The Odds of Our Times by Zak Vegha
Released: March 10, 2016

"An engaging though excessively wordy examination of Nigeria and the challenges facing the nation."
A debut memoir explores life in Nigeria from the earliest days of independence to the present. Read full book review >
GHOST SONGS by Regina McBride
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A wrenchingly lyrical memoir of family and tragedy."
A novelist and poet tells the fragmented story of how she came to terms with the suicides of her father and then her mother. Read full book review >
5-13 by Nancy Rankie Shelton
Released: June 1, 2016

"A poignant memoir delivers a powerful tribute to love and grit."
A professor offers a painful recollection of the path she and her husband traveled during his battle with cancer. Read full book review >
Salvation by Katharine English
Released: May 10, 2016

"A devastating and intelligently told story of siblings searching for answers that reveals how a family can be torn apart by history, intolerance, and abuse."
A family court judge struggles to come to terms with her tumultuous childhood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >