Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

TESTIMONY by Robbie Robertson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Essential for any devotee of the Band, Dylan, or rock music in the last half of the 20th century."
Nothing forges the bonds of brotherhood like life in a band, especially when it's the Band. Read full book review >
VICTORIA by Julia Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A well-researched biography sensitive to Queen Victoria as a woman."
Australian journalist and historian Baird (Media Tarts: Female Politicians and the Press, 2004) draws on previously unpublished sources to fashion a lively, perceptive portrait of the long-reigning queen. Read full book review >

WRITING TO SAVE A LIFE by John Edgar Wideman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A book seething with the passion and sense of outrage behind the Black Lives Matter movement that also traces specific roots of the movement's genealogy."
The present illuminates the past—but can't provide resolution—in this generation-spanning meditation on injustice. Read full book review >
GRAPE, OLIVE, PIG by Matt Goulding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A set of tantalizing verbal snapshots rather than a culinary map of the region, the book clearly communicates the author's affection for the food, both simple and refined, of his chosen country and makes obvious how much difference a change of just a few dozen miles makes in what ingredients and dishes are favored and seen as representative of the culture."
An enthusiastic journey through some of Spain's culinary hot spots, with emphasis on the work of professional chefs. Read full book review >
I LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES by Robert Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Frothy and honest remembrances for gossipy movie fans."
A popular actor's "love letter to actresses." Read full book review >

RASPUTIN by Douglas Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A tour de force of research from the Russian archives, the book is a deeply detailed, occasionally plodding biography of one of history's most malleable characters."
On the centenary of his death, a vigorous attempt to penetrate the monstrous myths surrounding Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1869-1916). Read full book review >
BEAR by Robert Greenfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Essential for Deadheads but also an engaging cultural portrait for anyone interested in the era."
The high life and low times of the original Acid King. Read full book review >
TWENTY-SIX SECONDS by Alexandra Zapruder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An intriguing history of one of the most significant home movies ever recorded."
A meticulous history of an iconic home movie and its contentious afterlife. Read full book review >
SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY by Anna Kendrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"The intimate and semi-entertaining details of an actor's childhood and her rise to stardom in Hollywood."
The autobiography of a Mainer who hit the big time in Hollywood. Read full book review >
BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A somewhat disjointed narrative with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations on South African culture."
The host of The Daily Show reflects on his tumultuous South African childhood. Read full book review >
LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY by Leslie Bennetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A thorough, sweeping look at the woman who pioneered the idea that 'outrageousness can be cleansing and healthy' and the turbulent personality that brought it to life."
The life and legacy of Joan Rivers (1933-2014). Read full book review >
JUST GETTING STARTED by Tony Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"In the past decade, Bennett has been experiencing a renaissance among listeners. Many of them should be happy to hear how he got to this point."
The nonagenarian singer expresses his gratitude to many of the people who have helped him along the way. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >