Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

ADNAN'S STORY by Rabia Chaudry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"For Serial and true-crime fans, this book is a page-turner perfect for a quiet weekend."
"If there is one takeaway from this story, it should be this—the criminal justice system is not just deeply flawed, it is broken." That is how attorney and U.S. Institute of Peace senior fellow Chaudry summarizes the murder conviction and appeals of Adnan Syed, the subject of the Serial podcast. Read full book review >
PATIENT H.M. by Luke Dittrich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A mesmerizing, maddening story and a model of journalistic investigation."
Oliver Sacks meets Stephen King in a piercing study of one of psychiatric medicine's darker hours. Read full book review >

ONE OF THESE THINGS FIRST by Steven Gaines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A spirited narrative of a hard-won coming-of-age."
The story of the author's experiences of transformation in a famed mental hospital. Read full book review >
ORIGINS OF THE UNIVERSE AND WHAT IT ALL MEANS by Carole Firstman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A saddening but ultimately redeeming memoir that, though well-paced and well-told, is of limited appeal."
Life with father isn't always the stuff of greeting cards. Read full book review >
PLAYING DEAD by Elizabeth Greenwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Though earnestly researched, the narrative feels disjointed, and the book is never quite as engrossing as the potential for the intriguing content would suggest."
An investigation of the world of death fraud. Read full book review >

PICKETT'S CHARGE by Phillip Thomas Tucker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Blemished by repetitive prose and a needlessly bumptious tone, Tucker's narrative nevertheless contains much to interest and provoke Civil War enthusiasts."
A popular historian deconstructs "the greatest assault of the greatest battle of America's greatest war." Read full book review >
THE AGE OF BOWIE by Paul Morley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Bowie still deserves a full-dress serious biography, which would benefit from a touch of this book's reckless spirit."
A lengthy critical tribute to David Bowie's pop-cultural legacy, with a particular emphasis on his epochal 1970s work. Read full book review >
FROM WASHINGTON TO MOSCOW by Louis Sell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"A rare and intimate look at Gorbachev and the events leading up to his presidency, this is a minor but thoughtful addition to the long shelf of Cold War books."
A chronicle of the final years of the Cold War and its lingering aftermath. Read full book review >
Ruined by Ruth Everhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Forthright, compassionate, and expertly crafted—everything readers should want from a memoir."
A memoir offers extensive reportage of a sexual assault and a reflection on the author's future course and evolving faith. Read full book review >
AVALANCHE by Julia Leigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A brutally honest and sad testimony of a desperate desire for motherhood."
A woman's struggle to conceive redefines her capacity to love. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE by Terry McDonell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A wide-ranging, smart, and witty collection testifying to an impressive career."
The former editor of Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated looks back. Read full book review >
OUR FAMILY DREAMS by Daniel Blake Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Incomparable sources make for an unusually intimate American portrait."
The lives and fortunes of ambitious 19th-century brothers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >