Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

AVID READER by Robert Gottlieb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"For lovers of literature and devotees of the New Yorker, this memoir is likely to prove endlessly captivating."
The longtime editor at Simon & Schuster, Knopf, and the New Yorker thankfully breaks his vow to never write a memoir. Read full book review >
WHERE AM I NOW? by Mara Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A readably candid, sharp memoir."
A 20-something playwright and actor's memoir about her childhood journey to Hollywood fame and teenage descent into contented semiobscurity. Read full book review >

GOOD VIBRATIONS by Mike Love
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"For Beach Boys completists, essential. For die-hard fans of Love & Mercy, probably one to miss."
The Beach Boy everyone loves to hate speaks his piece—sometimes sweetly, often gruffly, but always candidly. Read full book review >
CHASING UTOPIA by David Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies."
A personal journey back to the kibbutz of the author's youth prompts an examination of the larger reasons for the Israeli disenchantment with the pioneering enterprise. Read full book review >
LITHIUM JESUS by Charles Monroe-Kane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A casually told but often compelling account of wrestling with inner turmoil against gritty, dramatic international settings."
A young man grapples with bipolar "voices" via religion, hedonism, activism, and Lithium. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Interesting history, inadequate autobiography."
A journalist's memories and musings on religion in America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era."
A provocative, multifaceted portrait of essential rap pioneers who ushered the hip-hop music scene to greatness. Read full book review >
MAN OF THE WORLD by Joe Conason
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Certain to appeal to Clinton devotees, especially in light of the possibility of still further Bill Clinton endeavors as first gentleman. "
The post-presidential life of Bill Clinton. Read full book review >
SORRY NOT SORRY by Naya Rivera
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"There's nothing groundbreaking, but the actress comes across as down-to-earth, likable, and humanly fallible."
The former Glee star looks back with amusement and a feisty attitude on a career in modeling and acting. Read full book review >
GIRL by Alona Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A truly moving and bravely rendered memoir."
An impressionistic memoir of a Polish Jewish girl's survival hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland. Read full book review >
LOSING HELEN by Carol Becker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A book written as much or more for the author as for any readership, but those going through similar trials will take much solace from the author's story."
A short and powerful evocation of a mother's death and of the events immediately preceding them. Read full book review >
Such Mad Fun by Robin R. Cutler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A valuable, absorbing contribution to the history of women, golden-age Hollywood, and America's magazine culture of the 1930s and '40s."
A biography of Jane Hall, a writer for magazines and movies, traces the complicated, warring pressures of talent and the feminine mystique. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >