Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL by Issa Rae
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An authentic and fresh extension of the author's successful Web series."
Writer, producer and director Rae, famous for her popular Web series, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," channels her humor and attention to detail into this eponymous collection of personal essays about all the embarrassing moments that have made her who she is. Read full book review >
BELIEVER by David Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Obama has been profiled many times but seldom with so practical an outlook. An excellent view of politics from the inside."
Longtime political adviser Axelrod, late of the White House, tells most of what he's seen in the cloakroom. Read full book review >

WHY NOT SAY WHAT HAPPENED by Morris Dickstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"There's a compelling story in this late-in-life memoir, which is at its best when Dickstein sticks to that story."
An esteemed cultural and literary critic charts the intellectual and religious paths of his early years, sometimes saying too much in the process. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S GREATEST CASE by Brian McGinty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"An important footnote in the making of the 16th president."
Solid account of the most significant case in Abraham Lincoln's 25-year law career. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S BODY by Richard Wightman Fox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"An original, brightly written and well-researched cultural history certain to have wide appeal."
An absorbing meditation on Abraham Lincoln's body, in life and death, and its role in shaping America's memory of the man who saved the Union. Read full book review >

DISPLACEMENT by Lucy Knisley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2015

"A moving but also very funny meditation on time, age and grace."
A 20-something cartoonist with a unique sense of humor sets off on a cruise to the Caribbean with her nonagenarian grandparents. Read full book review >
IT'S WHAT I DO by Lynsey Addario
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir that is as inspiring as it is horrific."
A remarkable journalistic achievement from a Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winner that crystalizes the last 10 years of global war and strife while candidly portraying the intimate life of a female photojournalist. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A HUSBAND by Tim Dowling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Tongue-in-cheek observations on married life coupled with poignant moments of true love and grief."
One man's humorous tips on navigating the complex marriage highway. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An intelligent, if at times self-aggrandizing, celebration of lying and love."
An admitted liar muses about deception. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A HEROINE by Samantha Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"As Ellis shows in this charming, gracefully written memoir, literary heroines revealed to her new life stories, new selves and her own power to invent her life."
A literary journey to self-discovery. Read full book review >
GEORGE W. BUSH by James Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Presidential reputations often improve with time and rarely decline. Aware of this, Mann delivers a remarkably evenhanded account, eschewing the painful emotions many readers will feel until historians sort matters out."
The latest in the admirable American Presidents series is premature because too little time has passed to evaluate our 43rd president, but Mann (Fellow in Residence/Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Advanced International Studies; The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House, 2012, etc.) writes an insightful biography without much partisanship.Read full book review >
ELIZABETH GURLEY FLYNN by Lara Vapnek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A brief encapsulation of the fury and disillusionment that characterized the career of this significant American activist."
Biography of an important early-20th-century labor and human rights activist known as the East Side Joan of Arc, now sadly neglected. This is the latest in the Lives of American Women series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >