Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"It's a story that requires lots of insider information of its own kind to write, and Kolhatkar handles the job well though without the narrative flair of Michael Lewis' kindred book Flash Boys."
A formulaic but still intriguing financial cops-and-robbers story. Read full book review >
THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY by Daphne Merkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"It's hard to find much solace within the relentless gloom—however insightfully explored—of one writer's depression."
A writer reflects on her unceasing struggle with clinical depression. Read full book review >

IS GOAT BEEF? by Jeffery M. Camp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"An enlightening, entertaining, and surprisingly moving hybrid of anecdotal military memoir and cookbook."
A decorated, retired Army veteran shares stories and recipes. Read full book review >
FLOCK TOGETHER by B.J. Hollars
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An insightful memoir on one man's quest to know living birds by examining those birds that have ceased to exist."
A new birder discovers a fascination with extinct birds. Read full book review >
HOW TO MURDER YOUR LIFE by Cat Marnell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"What's missing is humor. Every generation needs its Carrie Fisher, perhaps even its Hunter S. Thompson, but this isn't it."
A memoir of addiction and the millennial high life. Read full book review >

Leap: Journey of a Young Global Leader from Singapore by Yap Kwong Weng
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An inspiring story that needs a unifying theme."
Kwong Weng's debut memoir recounts a life of remarkable persistence. Read full book review >
BEARS IN THE STREETS by Lisa Dickey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An affecting travelogue that reveals true Russian personality."
Adventures in Russia over three trips in 20 years. Read full book review >
THE MEN IN MY LIFE by Patricia Bosworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A forthright memoir of pain and aspirations enlivened by sharp portraits of a host of colorful celebrities."
The theater world of the 1950s forms the backdrop for a star-studded memoir. Read full book review >
THE PEN AND THE BRUSH by Anka Muhlstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An enlightening exploration of the symbiotic relationship between art and literature."
How hundreds of stolen paintings affected 19th-century French writers. Read full book review >
THE ACTUAL ONE by Isy Suttie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Waggish entertainment on a single woman's search for a life partner."
How a British comedian and actress has tried to avoid growing up at all costs. Read full book review >
THOMAS JEFFERSON—REVOLUTIONARY by Kevin R.C. Gutzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Written in academic prose, this book, which shows Jefferson to be a man of his times, brilliant yet flawed, will appeal primarily to scholars."
Just how revolutionary and radical was Thomas Jefferson? Read full book review >
WAVES PASSING IN THE NIGHT by Lawrence Weschler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An extended New Yorker-style profile of a public figure who is charismatic and interesting enough to deserve a fuller biography."
An odd but appealing portrait of an Academy Award-winning sound editor fascinated with a simple 18th-century equation that predicts the distance of planets and satellites from the central body. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >