Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

MICHELLE OBAMA by Peter Slevin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Slevin delivers a somewhat fawning portrait, but when necessary, he is willing to criticize and reveal his subject's missteps."
A Chicago-based journalist probes the fortunate yet humble upbringing of the first lady and, in a tedious refrain, her effective blackness. Read full book review >
VISIONS AND REVISIONS by Dale Peck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Raw and heartfelt—though uneven—Peck's hybrid memoir contributes to that goal."
Witness to a transformative decade in gay history. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A nail-biting account of one man's quiet heroism in the face of impossible odds."
Memoir of a bank manager's unlikely role in the evacuation of South Vietnamese from war-torn mid-1970s Saigon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A snappy, potty-mouthed guidebook for stressed-out mommies."
A tongue-in-cheek guide to surviving modern motherhood. Read full book review >
RECIPES FOR A BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Rebecca Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A solid addition to the growing genre of short, witty essays written by women about having a career while trying to raise a family."
Short takes on life from a writer and mother of small children. Read full book review >

NO SUCH THING AS FAILURE by David Hempleman-Adams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Solidly entertaining. Always looking for new challenges (perhaps sailing next?), he assures readers that he will 'keep [them] posted' about his adventures to come."
An account of the British adventurer's global travels: hot-air ballooning across the Atlantic, walking across the poles and climbing the highest peaks. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A scrumptious pairing of nourishment and familial devotion."
A mother and her two adult daughters explore their unified histories through themes of food, hard work and love. Read full book review >
MOTORCYCLES I'VE LOVED by Lily Brooks-Dalton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Despite the interesting details of her back story, Brooks-Dalton's journey of reinvention is disappointingly mundane and uneventful."
A travel-hungry young woman's memoir of her unexpected love affair with motorcycles. Read full book review >
GORGE by Kara Richardson Whitely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Disappointing despite its honesty and flair."
A physical journey up Mount Kilimanjaro and an emotional journey through a lifetime of baggage. Read full book review >
THE UNRAVELING by Emma Sky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"One might call the events Sky describes as a comedy of errors, except that there's nothing comedic about it. A tragedy of errors, then, crisply recounted by one who was there."
A grimly clinical assessment by a former high-ranking adviser of the "modern-day Crusade of ideologues and idealists" who drove the United States invasion of Iraq—to say nothing of their "ignorance, arrogance, and naivety." Read full book review >
WILD BILL WELLMAN by William Wellman, Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A rich, exuberant life, well-captured in this exuberant biography."
A star-studded homage to a prolific director. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Kudos to the author for mostly avoiding her family's 'curse,' but the book, occasionally revelatory, is weighed down by self-discovery platitudes."
Actress-turned-author Hemingway (Mariel's Kitchen, 2009) ponders her life and career in light of her famous family's self-destructive history.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >