Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

YES, MY ACCENT IS REAL by Kunal Nayyar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Nice guy; nice book."
An amiable collection of reminiscences by the Indian actor about girls, school, jobs, family, and acting. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A heartfelt memoir that reflects the author's respect and love for a wild and pitiless world."
A memoir from a researcher who tracks rare and elusive wild beasts. Read full book review >

THE ONLY STREET IN PARIS by Elaine Sciolino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2015

"A pungent evocation of the conflict and compromise between tradition and innovation that define modern urbanism."
After taking a tart look at her adopted country in La Seduction (2011, etc.), Sciolino shows a softer side in this affectionate portrait of her Ninth Arrondissement neighborhood.Read full book review >
FIND A WAY by Diana Nyad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Inspiring reading for anyone who has ever dared to dream the impossible."
A celebrated endurance swimmer's account of her life in the water and the attempts that led to her successful 2013 swim from Cuba to Florida. Read full book review >
THE OUTSIDER by Frederick Forsyth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Reading The Outsider is like listening to a grandfather recount his exploits in front of the fireplace: the narrative is occasionally long-winded and self-satisfied, but after living such an exciting life, Forsyth has earned his bragging rights."
Acclaimed thriller writer Forsyth (The Kill List, 2013, etc.) delivers a charming autobiography about his real-life adventures around the globe.Read full book review >

PORTAGE by Sue Leaf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Pleasant outdoors stories that will appeal to nature lovers, avid canoeists, and armchair travelers."
A woman and her family canoe the waterways of America. Read full book review >
COMMON PEOPLE by Alison Light
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An intelligent, thoughtfully researched memoir."
A British nonfiction writer and critic explores the story of her family's past and its place within the larger narrative of 19th- and 20th-century British history. Read full book review >
THE RAGING SKILLET by Rossi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A humorous and witty chronicle of a woman's pulling-herself-up-by-her-bootstraps rise through the culinary ranks."
How one woman learned to cook and made a name for herself in the catering industry. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF CLINTON by Gil Troy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Both sympathetic and fair-handed, a solid examination of the 'Adversarial Supercouple' before the slide toward scandal and impeachment."
A contextual reassessment of the Bill Clinton presidency. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE PLAINS WITH BRUNO by Annick Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Bruno is a silent partner, often unmentioned for pages at a time, but Smith relates their experiences in a deliberate, thoughtful way."
Exploring the Midwest, the past, and the passing of time on a road trip with a chocolate Lab named Bruno. Read full book review >
I'LL NEVER WRITE MY MEMOIRS by Grace Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Jones' recollections are a passionate reminder of the fabulous, decadent, and manic coupling of life and art."
Iconoclastic model, singer, and actress Jones reflects on a highflying life of celebrity exuberance. Read full book review >
Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir by Wendy Sue Knecht
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 2014

"An authentic voice helps this tale take off."
Knecht's memoir takes readers up into the rarefied atmosphere of being an international flight attendant with iconic airline Pan American, with its special culture, exotic locales, and quirkiness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >