Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: April 19, 2016

"Between the dizzying sums lost and gained, Zacks offers a rollicking history perfect for Twain's countless fans."
An amusing, singular account of the world tour by the nation's most famous humorist, chased by creditors. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2016

"Wise, fresh, captivating essays."
Radiant essays inspired by "slivers and bits" of real women's lives. Read full book review >

SPEAKING FREELY by Robert L. Bernstein
Released: April 26, 2016

"A well-written book for lovers of book publishing and supporters of human rights."
Former Random House President Bernstein gives a fascinating history of publishing in the 20th century and traces the beginnings of the human rights movement. Read full book review >
ORSON WELLES, VOLUME 3 by Simon Callow
Released: April 5, 2016

"Welles rightly imagined that people would never stop writing about him after he died. Callow continues to set the standard in this increasingly crowded field."
Juicy, provocative latest installment in the comprehensive life of a self-destructive genius. Read full book review >
ON BEING RAPED by Raymond M. Douglas
Released: April 5, 2016

"Courageous, sobering, and cathartic."
A searing, self-reflective account of adult male rape. Read full book review >

HER AGAIN by Michael Schulman
Released: April 26, 2016

"A brisk, gossipy, and entertaining biography."
An admiring portrait of a rising star. Read full book review >
80's Baby by Derrick Fuller
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"An idiosyncratic but compelling coming-of-age memoir."
Fuller recounts the violent and harrowing incidents of his youth in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
Released: March 16, 2016

"A gripping story stymied by wildly out-of-date views on women's roles and sexuality."
A British husband and wife tell stories of fertility treatments and harrowing hospital stays in this self-help book aimed at couples struggling to start a family. Read full book review >
In Her Own Sweet Time by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt
Released: Feb. 11, 2016

"An accessible, insightful look at today's modern families."
A journalist and single mom updates her memoir/social-sciences book about emerging routes to parenthood. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 2016

"A lively account of our Revolution's most reviled figure."
A history of the American Revolution, focused on George Washington (1732-1799) and Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), in which the author acknowledges Arnold's good points but does not fully rehabilitate him. Read full book review >
THE END OF KARMA by Somini Sengupta
Released: March 7, 2016

"A compelling portrait of what will soon be the world's most populous nation, one on the verge of great change—for better or worse."
India's young population is growing dramatically, writes Indian-American journalist Sengupta—and it's growing impatient with the roadblocks its elders have erected. Read full book review >
UNBROKEN BRAIN by Maia Szalavitz
Released: April 5, 2016

"A dense blending of self-exposure, surprising statistics, and solid science reporting that presents addiction as a misunderstood coping mechanism, a problem whose true nature is not yet recognized by policymakers or the public."
A proposal for a new way of looking at drug addiction that offers a fresh approach to managing it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >