Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

BONAPARTE by Patrice Gueniffey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 2015

"A masterful portrait, staggeringly complete and contradictory and fluently translated—a delight to read."
Wonderfully lyrical, historically nuanced exploration of the irruption of this Romantic hero. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WARLORD by Johnny Dwyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2015

"A dark triumph—a meticulous geopolitical narrative and gripping tale of an American son lost to evil."
Shocking page-turner about Liberian dictator Charles Taylor's American-born son, Chucky, the first U.S citizen to be federally prosecuted for torture. Read full book review >

WOMEN OF WILL by Tina Packer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2015

"A sparkling, insightful exploration of Shakespeare's words and world."
How Shakespeare understood women. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A rewarding book with much to offer, including the likely spark of new interest in how singular choices made by both men and nations can reverberate for generations."
The carnage of war, the rise of a dictator and one North Korean defector's life story all come together in this combination of biography, military history and exposé. Read full book review >
VISITING HOURS by Amy Butcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A gripping and poignant memoir."
A writer and professor's account of the trauma she suffered in the wake of a murder committed by a close friend. Read full book review >

THE SKELETON CUPBOARD by Tanya Byron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A lucid and compassionate memoir."
A British mental health practitioner and media personality's absorbing account of the years she spent as a clinical psychologist-in-training. Read full book review >
IF THE OCEANS WERE INK by Carla Power
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Intelligent and exceptionally informative."
An award-winning journalist's account of the year she spent probing the meaning of the Quran with a conservative Muslim religious scholar. Read full book review >
A FINE ROMANCE by Candice Bergen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A glamorously bittersweet showbiz memoir."
Award-winning actress Bergen continues the story begun in the best-selling memoir, Knock Wood (1984).Read full book review >
PICNIC IN PROVENCE by Elizabeth Bard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Delectable reading."
A journalist's account of the unexpectedly rich life she and her French husband made together after leaving Paris for a small town in southern France. Read full book review >
MOTHERLAND by Rita Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Goldberg writes eloquently of the 'volcanic pressures' that shaped her family's story and continue to haunt her own."
A daughter revisits her mother's harrowing past. Read full book review >
HEADSTRONG by Rachel Swaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Readers may argue over the selections, but Swaby provides succinct and informative narratives on some of the women who have made important contributions to the realm of science."
Minibiographies of women and their accomplishments in science. Read full book review >
KING JOHN by Stephen Church
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Church sticks close to the evidence, almost all government records and surviving chronicles devoted to the deeds of great men. The result is not a page-turner but an insightful, likely definitive, biography."
Reigning from 1199 to 1216, King John's villainy remains a mainstay of popular media. Church (Medieval History/Univ. of East Anglia; The Household Knights of King John, 1999) does not downplay his defects in this scholarly but readable biography.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >