Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

THE FACE THAT CHANGED IT ALL by Beverly Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Johnson remains a fashion pioneer, but her storytelling lacks the wit or polish necessary to make the book a success."
A memoir from the model whom fashion designer Halston once called "the new beauty ‘It Girl.' " Read full book review >
THE SENATOR NEXT DOOR by Amy Klobuchar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A flawed but deeply personal recounting of one woman's rise through the political ranks."
A comprehensive autobiography by the first female U.S. senator from Minnesota. Read full book review >

HAYDÉE SANTAMARÍA, CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY by Margaret Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2015

"Pure praise for Santamaría and Cuba. Those seeking a history of Cuba should look elsewhere, since Randall provides a glimpse of the Cuban point of view under which the only difficulties were caused by those nasty bullies in the United States."
Prolific writer and translator Randall (About Little Charlie Lindbergh and Other Poems, 2014, etc.) touches on history only as background for her brief but admiring portrait of a woman involved in Cuba's revolution from the very beginning. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An illuminating voyage into the heart of Frost's poem and the American spirit."
Unraveling the mystery of a famous poem. Read full book review >
THE GRATITUDE DIARIES by Janice Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Simple, effective procedures that can be easily incorporated into even the busiest lifestyle."
How a year of being thankful led to big changes in a woman's life. Read full book review >

BORN ON THE BAYOU by Blaine Lourd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"There's not a lot of art here, but there's plenty of heart and intelligence."
A memoir of life in the "lowest part of Louisiana…arguably the wettest, wildest, and freest part of the country." Read full book review >
HANNAH ARENDT by Anne C. Heller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An evenhanded, sympathetic biography of a defiant thinker."
A perceptive life of the controversial political philosopher. Read full book review >
THE ORPHEUS CLOCK by Simon Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An emotional tale of unspeakable horrors, family devotion, and art as a symbol of hope."
During World War II, the Nazis easily stole valuable artworks, furniture, and silver from Goodman, who has spent two difficult decades trying to recover them. Read full book review >
VORACIOUS by Cara Nicoletti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"All in all, a pleasure for hungry readers."
An exploration of "the profound connection between eating and reading." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"A consistently fine appreciation of the medical maverick who, as much as any other, helped make the Space Age possible."
An author specializing in aviation tells the remarkable, almost-forgotten story of an aerospace pioneer. Read full book review >
BROWSINGS by Michael Dirda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"Dirda's comradely essays are unfailingly informative and amusing, punctuated with poignant asides on the aging artist and paeans to great literary scholars. His almost single-minded passion, the exhilaration of a life in literature, glows on every page."
Author and literary journalist Dirda (On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling, 2011, etc.) presents a collection of light, conversational essays drawn from a year of writing on books and book collecting for the American Scholar.Read full book review >
GODS OF THE MORNING by John Lister-Kaye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"An evocative and heartfelt examination of a beautiful landscape and its fauna."
A distinguished British naturalist reflects on his encounters with the birds of the Scottish Highlands and how global warming has impacted these populations. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >