Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

BLACK DOVE by Ana Castillo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"There are points when the writing veers from emotional into overly sentimental. However, Castillo succeeds more often than she fails, and her book provides a compassionate look at those crossing points in our shared lives."
A memoir of a writer—single, bisexual, mother, feminist—and her thoughts on social injustices, culture, and families. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Geographers and American history buffs will enjoy Fenster's detailed research on these fascinating men, her easy style of writing, and tales beyond the textbooks. She opens an entirely new vista on those who opened the West."
The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory for $15 million but did not know its borders. Fenster (FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, 2009, etc.) ably depicts the men who set out to discover them.Read full book review >

FOLLOWING FISH by Samanth Subramanian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An enjoyable exploration of the coastline of India, with a focus on fish."
A travelogue by an Indian journalist about the many roles of fish within his nation's culture. Read full book review >
FOR THE GLORY by Duncan Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A moving hagiography that will appeal to fans of Chariots of Fire as well as Unbroken and similar books."
The life of the deeply Christian Olympic champion runner who forsook the glory for missionary work in China. The story was the basis for the award-winning film Chariots of Fire.Read full book review >
THE LAST SUPPER by Klaus Wivel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A flawed yet urgent and passionate epistle to the West to see an ongoing disaster."
A Danish journalist takes perilous excursions in the Middle East to assess the plight of Christians and finds them in a grievous state. Read full book review >

DAVE HILL DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Dave Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Hill makes an amiable companion, and if his stories aren't earth-shattering, his unforced humor is worth a few chuckles."
An unassuming and amusing collection of essays that touches lightly on the modest events of a believably undramatic life. Read full book review >
MOGULS, MONSTERS AND MADMEN by Barry Avrich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An entertaining look at some giant-sized celebrity personalities."
Montreal-bred impresario Avrich (Selling the Sizzle, 2, 2005, etc.) recounts the deals that shaped his career in North America's often volatile and always high-stakes entertainment industry.Read full book review >
DIGGING UP MOTHER by Doug Stanhope
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Stanhope offers good evidence that if our own families are messed up, there's always someone who's got it worse. Lively and smart and, in the manner of the best comedy, as sad as it is funny."
In his first book, stand-up comedian Stanhope delivers a sympathetic though unenviable portrait of his multiply addicted, much troubled mother. Read full book review >
AMERICAN RHAPSODY by Claudia Roth Pierpont
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"As vital and entertaining as the creators and work it celebrates, American Rhapsody is an uncommonly satisfying celebration of the cultural kaleidoscope known as the United States."
The New Yorker staff writer delivers a selective history of the difficult, chaotic, transcendent genius of arts in America.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Kirschbaum provides a welcome sketch of Klinsmann, a thoughtful man of the world who has for years lived in California and who cannot be pigeonholed as merely a European trying to remake American soccer in the Old World image."
A sympathetic look at the man who is trying to transform American soccer and the methods he is using. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A vivid, compelling account of a life on the edge."
The mother of the 18-year-old killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 relates the saga of her life in the St. Louis suburb, expressing her love for her children on nearly every page. Read full book review >
THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE ROLLING STONES by Rich Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A compact and conversant history that makes the story new again, capturing the Rolling Stones in all their Faustian glory."
A funny, personal, and professional history of the Rolling Stones. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >