Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

HOUSE OF NAILS by Lenny Dykstra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Dykstra makes no apologies, offering 'the real truth,' but readers' opinions of him will be harsh."
A former professional baseball player details how his go-for-broke attitude on the baseball diamond continued after his retirement and eventually ruined him. Read full book review >
MY FATHER AND ATTICUS FINCH by Joseph Madison Beck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A poignant and warmly engaging memoir."
A distinguished Atlanta attorney remembers his lawyer father, who defended a black man against charges that he raped a white woman in pre-civil rights era Alabama. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"From interviews and archival documents, Lascher creates a seamless narrative of daring and dedication."
Two journalists caught in war and love. Read full book review >
BUKOWSKI IN A SUNDRESS by Kim Addonizio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"An unrelenting, authentic, literary midnight confession."
A sometimes-scandalous poet opens up about herself and her business. Read full book review >
WILL & I by Clay Byars
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A stark, honest book that reads like a writer's apprenticeship amid harrowing circumstances."
A tragic accident gives birth to a writer. Read full book review >

BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"This compact biography should please Jackson's fans even if it doesn't break new ground in exploring the singer's life."
TV and radio host Smiley (My Journey with Maya, 2015, etc.) and his frequent writing collaborator Ritz tell the story of the 16 weeks preceding the death of singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-made, evenhanded, sometimes cautionary story of business, told with the affection and exasperation of an insider."
Everyone's a wiener in this frank account by a scion of hot dog nobility. Read full book review >
BEING A BEAST by Charles Foster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A splendid, vivid contribution to the literature of nature."
In which an English author, tired of the high street, takes to the fens and burrows to learn how animals live. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"Those who can't get enough of the details of Jackson's death might relish this account, but those who prefer to appreciate his music should look elsewhere."
A tabloid-style exploration of the death of Michael Jackson (1958-2009), particularly the role the singer's personal physician may have played in his demise. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S FIRST FOLIO by Emma Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2016

"Perfect for the Folger Shakespeare Library's 2016 'First Folio!' tour celebrating the book's 400th anniversary."
A biography of the most valuable English-language book in the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Readers who enjoy English history will be happy to have this in their libraries."
A series of biographies of the women connected to Cliveden, the house made famous in the Profumo affair. Read full book review >
TRISTIMANIA by Jay Griffiths
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Fortunately for everyone who has been affected by bipolar disorder, Griffiths—and her notebooks—survived the journey."
A visceral account of the turmoil experienced within a manic-depressive breakdown. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >