Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

LANTERNE ROUGE by Max Leonard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"'Being lanterne rouge is about so many other things than being last it is barely about being last at all,' writes Leonard. 'It's about…doing what you can do to the best of your abilities and not giving up.' Indeed, it's nice to know that there is a place in history for those whose great achievement is seeing it through to the end."
In a race as grueling as the Tour de France, where do we draw the line between winning and losing? Writer and amateur cyclist Leonard challenges what it means to achieve greatness through the mythos of the sport's underdogs. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"A revealing behind-the-scenes look at a great orchestra and the colorful genius who shaped it."
Pratfalls, ego clashes, and psychodramas infuse classical music on the grandest scale in this reminiscence of the Cleveland Orchestra under its legendary leader. Read full book review >

BEATING AUTISM by Anne M. Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"Skeptics will raise their eyebrows, but open-minded parents will find encouragement in Evans' story."
A mother turns to Chinese medicine and alternative therapies to heal her autistic child. Read full book review >
NOT FROM HERE by Allan G. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2015

"Readers uncomfortable with the author's message may wish that he did not repeat it so often, and those expecting a son's gentle memoir will be in for a surprise. This is a difficult journey."
One man's journey into his family's past and a sociologist's meditation on white America's history of greed and genocide. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE MASK by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A lively, vigorously written biography of a singular character that beckons readers urgently back to Sackville-West's writing."
A passionately delineated portrait of the savage writer, fiercely private lover of women, and eccentric denizen of Sissinghurst. Read full book review >

DON’T TRUST, DON’T FEAR, DON’T BEG by Ben Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An uneven account of an intriguing environmental story."
A detailed account of a headline-making Arctic oil protest. Read full book review >
TWISTED by Bert Ashe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Sometimes hair is just hair, though the dreadlocked professor rarely leaves it at that."
Much ado about dreadlocks. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Provides unique insights into a community intent on moving forward."
A former gang leader and an academic researcher team up to bring about change in a struggling community. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Intriguing but lacking the salacious detail and hard evidence necessary for true fascination."
An attempt to introduce the world to a female spy far more successful than Mata Hari and just as captivating. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A potent introduction to a nearly forgotten part of the civil rights movement and a personalized reminder of what it was truly about."
A powerful memoir of the civil rights movement, specifically the dramatic struggle to integrate the schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"When Butler maintains his focus on Cuba, vivid passages and provocative experiences illuminate an island of ambiguity."
Though categorized as a memoir, the most compelling parts of this disjointed narrative concern the Cuba that the author has explored trying to come to terms with a story. Read full book review >
THAT THING YOU DO WITH YOUR MOUTH by Samantha Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An insightful, thought-provoking probe into the impulses of sexual desire."
A collection of musings on actress Matthews' sexual history, including several incidents of abuse as a child—as told to and arranged by critic Shields (How Literature Saved My Life, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >