Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, VOLUME 3 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A winning concluding volume in a series that does for Eleanor Roosevelt what Robert Caro has done for Lyndon Johnson."
Having already devoted more than 1,200 pages to the extraordinary life of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) in two previous installments, the skilled biographer offers the final volume. Read full book review >
AND THE MONKEY LEARNED NOTHING by Tom Lutz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A travel memoir with short, provocative, occasionally inscrutable entries that will eventually tire even armchair travelers."
Postcards from around the globe, far from the beaten path of tourism. Read full book review >

MUCH ADO by Michael Lenehan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A series of bright, clear photographs of what the author saw when he pulled aside the curtain in a Wisconsin Oz."
A veteran former editor and current freelance journalist delivers a swift story about being imbedded with a summer outdoor theater company mounting a production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Read full book review >
OPEN TO DEBATE by Heather Hendershot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A thoroughly researched work replete with intelligence, admiration, balanced criticism, and even a bit of nostalgia."
A generous description and analysis of Firing Line, the weekly TV show hosted for three decades by conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. Read full book review >
LOVE, H by Hettie Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"A fertile trove that needs a stronger framework."
Letters revealing the enduring friendship of two "beat chicks." Read full book review >

BRIDGE OF WORDS by Esther Schor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Schor is strongest in tracing Esperanto's past and present, but she is less persuasive about its robust future in fostering transnational identity, 'durable international networks,' and a strong sense of 'belonging to the world.'"
The history of a new language that was invented "to bring conversation to a world of misunderstanding." Read full book review >
TREEHAB by Bob Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A truth-telling tour conducted by an agile guide."
The first openly gay comedian to perform on the Tonight Show delivers a collection of witty essays exploring his remarkable career and life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Interesting history, inadequate autobiography."
A journalist's memories and musings on religion in America. Read full book review >
PLEASE ENJOY YOUR HAPPINESS by Paul Brinkley-Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"As startling and memorable as fiction and ripe for film adaptation."
A rare and beautiful love story between a British-American "sailor boy" and a cultured, older Japanese woman who had lived through the World War II years. Read full book review >
Sky Woman Lives In Me by Roberta Capasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"An authentic story of Native American culture, inheritance, and loss."
A debut memoir of a woman discovering her Native American heritage and coming to terms with an ancestor's history at an "Indian school." Read full book review >
Be YourSelf by Akshya Vasudev
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2016

"Thought-provoking, Hindu-focused mental health commentary."
A psychiatrist discusses his midlife embrace of Vedanta philosophy and related insights on depression, anxiety, and other subjects in this debut memoir and self-help guide. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A heartfelt work that takes its time conveying lessons of pain and kindness."
McMullin recalls a lifetime of hardships and blessings in ranch life and education in her debut memoir, the winner of two North American Book Awards. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >