Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

REJECTION PROOF by Jia Jiang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A breezy guide to dealing with rejection and transforming it into a learning experience."
A book written from personal experience about rejection—how to live with it and learn from it. Read full book review >
THE BIG SWIM by Carrie Saxifrage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A soulful and sobering memoir of climate change and personal responsibilities."
An American-born Canadian journalist contemplates mindful living in a world threatened by climate change. Read full book review >

THE NOODLE MAKER OF KALIMPONG by Gyalo Thondup
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A thorough but not always convincing story of foreign intrigue."
From Thondup, the current Dalai Lama's elder brother, a personal perspective on the history of Tibet since the Chinese occupation. Read full book review >
9 1/2 NARROW by Patricia Morrisroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A funny, warm and insightful trek through one woman's life and American popular culture—a successful blend of form and function."
Chronicling five decades of life by recounting the shoes worn during important societal and personal milestones is a quirky, possibly gimmicky, foundation for a narrative, but Morrisroe (Wide Awake: What I Learned About Sleep from Doctors, Drug Companies, Dream Experts, and a Reindeer Herder in the Arctic Circle, 2010, etc.) hits the mark.Read full book review >
BLACK SABBATH by Mick Wall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Another straightforward, solid hard rock bio from Wall."
A raucous biography of the legendary heavy metal band infamous for their offstage behavior. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A footnote to modern theoretical physics and the history of science. Readers may prefer the bigger picture provided by John Cornwell's Hitler's Scientists (2003) and the better-written works on Einstein by Walter Isaacson and Alan Lightman, among others."
History of the clash between "German" and "Jewish" physics in the early decades of the last century. Read full book review >
BORN WITH TEETH by Kate Mulgrew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Compellingly introspective and revealing, despite the tendency toward overwriting."
Solidly literate but gushy memoir from the actress known for her roles on Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is the New Black. Read full book review >
FIVE NIGHTS IN PARIS by John Baxter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"This is not a walking guide to Paris, but it is most certainly a guide to seeing and knowing Paris, one no Francophile should be without."
Having lived in Paris for more than 20 years, Baxter (The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, 2011, etc.), a guide to literary walks through the city, won't show you exactly which streets to follow; rather, he'll teach you how to know Paris and truly feel the enjoyment of flânerie.Read full book review >
HOW DANTE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE by Rod Dreher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"As a well-written chronicle of choice between the 'success' of big cities and life in the far simpler world of old traditions and deep family ties, the book is both heartwarming and frustrating—certainly more confessional memoir than guide to Dante (a fact the author readily admits)."
American Conservative senior editor Dreher (The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life, 2013) shares his search for his family's acceptance, looking for answers from his church, his therapist, and Dante's Divine Comedy.Read full book review >
CAPITAL DAMES by Cokie Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"An enlightening account detailing how the Civil War changed the nation's capital while expanding the role of women in politics, health care, education, and social services."
Political commentator and bestselling author Roberts (Ladies of Liberty: The Women who Shaped our Nation, 2008, etc.) shines a spotlight on the remarkable political, literary, and activist women of Washington, D.C., during the tumult of the Civil War. Read full book review >
THE NURSES by Alexandra Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"An insightful perspective on the realities of crucial health care providers."
An intimate look at the lives of nurses. Read full book review >
TARGET TOKYO by James M. Scott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2015

"A spirited, comprehensive and highly readable account of the tremendous wherewithal required for this extraordinary effort."
A new treatment of the daring Doolittle raids over Tokyo that fills in many of the gaps in the true story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >