Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

TURNING JAPANESE by MariNaomi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"This third volume of memoir reads like a chapter in an ongoing series, leading readers to anticipate what comes next."
The rite-of-passage chronicles of the artist at age 22, coming to terms with her ethnic heritage. Read full book review >
THE TELLING by Zoe Zolbrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An honest, unapologetic, and keenly observed memoir."
The intimate story of the sexual abuse the author experienced as a child as well as her sexual coming-of-age and development. Read full book review >

FIRST DADS by Joshua Kendall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Rich in detail, this informative book gives new understanding to our nation's leaders and their offspring."
A look at the parenting practices of American presidents. Read full book review >
HERBERT HOOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Charles Rappleye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Concluding with the rise of Franklin Roosevelt, this study is finely focused and fills an important niche in presidential scholarship."
A fair-handed, surprisingly sympathetic new appraisal of the much-vilified president who was faced with the nation's plunge into the Great Depression. Read full book review >
IN THE NAME OF GUCCI by Patricia Gucci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An absorbing, bittersweet tribute."
The heiress to the Italian fashion house unfurls her combustible family history. Read full book review >

BLACK DOVE by Ana Castillo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"There are points when the writing veers from emotional into overly sentimental. However, Castillo succeeds more often than she fails, and her book provides a compassionate look at those crossing points in our shared lives."
A memoir of a writer—single, bisexual, mother, feminist—and her thoughts on social injustices, culture, and families. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Geographers and American history buffs will enjoy Fenster's detailed research on these fascinating men, her easy style of writing, and tales beyond the textbooks. She opens an entirely new vista on those who opened the West."
The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory for $15 million but did not know its borders. Fenster (FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, 2009, etc.) ably depicts the men who set out to discover them.Read full book review >
FOLLOWING FISH by Samanth Subramanian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An enjoyable exploration of the coastline of India, with a focus on fish."
A travelogue by an Indian journalist about the many roles of fish within his nation's culture. Read full book review >
FOR THE GLORY by Duncan Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A moving hagiography that will appeal to fans of Chariots of Fire as well as Unbroken and similar books."
The life of the deeply Christian Olympic champion runner who forsook the glory for missionary work in China. The story was the basis for the award-winning film Chariots of Fire.Read full book review >
THE LAST SUPPER by Klaus Wivel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A flawed yet urgent and passionate epistle to the West to see an ongoing disaster."
A Danish journalist takes perilous excursions in the Middle East to assess the plight of Christians and finds them in a grievous state. Read full book review >
DAVE HILL DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Dave Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Hill makes an amiable companion, and if his stories aren't earth-shattering, his unforced humor is worth a few chuckles."
An unassuming and amusing collection of essays that touches lightly on the modest events of a believably undramatic life. Read full book review >
MOGULS, MONSTERS AND MADMEN by Barry Avrich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An entertaining look at some giant-sized celebrity personalities."
Montreal-bred impresario Avrich (Selling the Sizzle, 2, 2005, etc.) recounts the deals that shaped his career in North America's often volatile and always high-stakes entertainment industry.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >