Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

HURRICANE STREET by Ron Kovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2016

"Sobering reflections on past treatment of America's injured war veterans."
The author of Born on the Fourth of July (1976) recounts the brief 1974 movement he initiated to change how Veterans Affairs hospitals cared for wounded soldiers. Read full book review >
AMIABLE SCOUNDREL by Paul Kahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"A fine political biography that does not entirely rehabilitate its subject."
Biography of a politician whose name "has become synonymous with corruption and graft during the Civil War." Read full book review >

ANGELA MERKEL by Matthew Qvortrup
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2016

"This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind-the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today."
A biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (b. 1954) that provides insight and clarity into Germany's often underreported role in shaping the European political landscape. Read full book review >
LOOK AT YOU NOW by Liz Pryor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"An unsentimental yet moving coming-of-age memoir."
A writer and life advice expert tells the story of how an unexpected teen pregnancy taught her unforgettable lessons in humility and courage. Read full book review >
MY FATHER BEFORE ME by Chris Forhan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"It's difficult to lose a parent, let alone write about the loss. Forhan describes his family's healing and acceptance with warmth, humor, and an admirable lack of bitterness."
An award-winning poet revisits the suicide of his father. Read full book review >

THE BEST "WORST PRESIDENT" by Mark Hannah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A little late in the coming, since we'll soon be arguing about a new president. Still, a useful look back over eight years that, depending on your point of view, were the best of times or the worst of times."
Barack Obama: dictator; secret Muslim; al-Qaida operative. If you've heard this sort of thing and want to argue against it, political consultant Hannah offers a useful primer. Read full book review >
JACKSON, 1964 by Calvin Trillin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Haunting pieces that show how our window on the past is often a mirror."
A veteran reporter collects some significant pieces about race that originally appeared in the New Yorker, his publishing home since 1963. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"The author's vivid details of South Africa's persistent racism, abject poverty, and continuing oppression are undermined by unnecessary repetition."
Unraveling a web of evidence in a notorious murder. Read full book review >
PARTY OF ONE by Dave Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A hilarious and touching coming-of-age story that will strike a particular nerve among Generation Y."
The former MTV VJ waxes nostalgic on his life in pop culture. Read full book review >
HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year."
A Yale Law School graduate's account of his traumatic hillbilly childhood and the plight of America's angry white working class. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A cogent, detailed policy review, effectively studded with first-person recollections, that probably won't sway Obama's conservative critics."
A measured insider's account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, arguing that the very aspects that bring conservative derision represent subtle, long-term strengths. Read full book review >
ON BOWIE by Rob Sheffield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sheffield is the right writer for this book, but its hasty production is evident on nearly every page."
A critic's earnest elegy for the late rock star's influence on music, fashion, sexuality, and personal transformation. 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 >