Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

THE WAR AT HOME by Rachel Starnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A gripping and guileless account of being the wife of a TOPGUN instructor."
A Navy wife shares intimate details of what life in the military really means for the family behind the enlisted man. Read full book review >
KICK by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"At first, the book is less a biography and more a society report of England's upper class, but it evolves into an exciting, heartbreakingly tense love story."
The Kennedys all kept journals, and Byrne (Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice, 2014, etc.) uses them to the fullest in this biography of Kathleen, aka Kick (1920-1948).Read full book review >

THE DRONE EATS WITH ME by Atef Abu Saif
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Readers able to put aside the larger picture of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will find here a very human, up-close, and personal picture of war."
A searing memoir of daily life in Gaza from July 6 to Aug. 26, 2014, when the territory was under constant bombardment by Israel. Read full book review >
THE RETURN by Hisham Matar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A beautifully written, harrowing story of a son's search for his father and how the impact of inexplicable loss can be unrelenting while the strength of family and cultural ties can ultimately sustain."
Novelist Matar (Anatomy of a Disappearance, 2011, etc.) returns to his native Libya in 2012 following a three-decade exile. Read full book review >
UNEARTHED by Alexandra Risen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A generous, poignant memoir."
A Canadian essayist's account of how rehabilitating an abandoned garden helped her to better understand her hard-shelled Ukrainian-born parents. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A personal and imaginative yet overlong perspective on German history."
The inhabitants of a summer house reveal Germany's political, economic, and social history. Read full book review >
LA AMERICANA by Melanie Bowden Simón
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Some awkward prose and clashing metaphors mar the author's heartfelt rendering of her Cuban adventure."
Political antagonisms fail to thwart a cross-cultural love affair. Read full book review >
BUSH by Jean Edward Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A relentlessly hard-hitting assessment of a president who was a 'decider' but 'did not wrestle with the details of policy.'"
Biography of George W. Bush (b. 1946), concentrating on the eight years of his presidency. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A culturally rich and rewarding personal chronicle of ethnic faith and intermingled tradition."
A heartfelt memoir plumbs the multilayered experience of being Muslim in America. Read full book review >
BOBBY KENNEDY by Larry Tye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Richly researched prose that sometimes soars too close to the sun of admiration."
A former journalist at the Boston Globe returns with a comprehensive, thesis-driven account of the political career of Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Indelible characters, adventurous spirit, and acute psychological insight combine in this multilayered debut."
A memoir of arctic adventure that goes deeper into self-discovery and finding a home. Read full book review >
AHEAD OF THE CURVE by Brian Kenny
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A delight for baseball lovers but also a useful parable about the power of habit and tradition, barriers to accepting answers hiding in plain sight for years."
From his many years at ESPN and his current perch at the MLB Network, the TV face of the "Baseball Age of Enlightenment" reflects on the rise of analytics and the torpedoing of decadeslong conventional baseball wisdom. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >