Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

STRAIGHT TO HELL by John LeFevre
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Reading this book-length swagger, you'd be forgiven for keeping your money under the mattress henceforth. But if LeFevre is truly hell-bound, as his title suggests, then it's for indifferent writing as much as for any fiscal peccadilloes."
A scattershot syllabus for billionaire boys-club bankers in Bad Behavior 101. "As we see it," writes LeFevre, "if you're dumb enough to get caught cheating, you probably don't belong on Wall Street." Read full book review >
LET'S BE LESS STUPID by Patricia Marx
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A sly, irreverent take on the latest obsessions regarding self-improvement."
New Yorker staff writer Marx (Starting from Happy: A Novel, 2011, etc.), the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon, brings her wit and quirky curiosity to the timely topic of mental acuity.Read full book review >

THE DRUMMOND GIRLS by Mardi Jo Link
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A moving, honest, and laughter-filled account of eight women who gather one weekend every year and enjoy themselves to the fullest."
Loyalty and friendship among eight women. Read full book review >
IT'S GOOD TO BE GRONK by Rob Gronkowski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"It may be good to be Gronk; it's not so great to read Gronk."
A prince of football tells all about growing up Gronk. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 13, 2015

"An accessible and expansive look at the development of the atom bomb, but those looking for a deeper understanding of Oppenheimer and Groves should look elsewhere—either Ray Monk's Robert Oppenheimer (2013) or Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's American Prometheus (2005)."
Former University of Texas vice president Kunetka (Shadow Man, 1988, etc.) follows the long road to the atom bomb.Read full book review >

THE HIRSCHFELD CENTURY by Al Hirschfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2015

"An intelligent, carefully representative look at Hirschfeld's work that ably shows why the artist deserves to be remembered today."
A richly illustrated study of the artist who richly illustrated publications, marquees, and other venues for eight decades. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2015

"This moving, potent testament might have been titled 'Black Lives Matter.' Or: 'An American Tragedy.'"
The powerful story of a father's past and a son's future. Read full book review >
VENDETTA by James Neff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"The sordid, sweeping history of what Kennedy insider Pierre Salinger dubbed 'a blood feud.'"
Seattle Times investigations editor Neff (The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case, 2001, etc.) turns his attention to the visceral war of wills between Bobby Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"Lovers of Russian literature and music will find this valuable, and history buffs will get a fearsome picture of life under Stalin."
Independent senior reporter McSmith (No Such Thing as Society: A History of Britain in the 1980s, 2010, etc.) explores how arts and artists in Russia somehow managed to flourish despite Joseph Stalin's iron control. Read full book review >
INDEPENDENCE LOST by Kathleen DuVal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"An illuminating history of events, many barely mentioned in history books and none, unlike our Revolution, with happy endings."
An informative and disturbing account of a little-known campaign during the Colonial rebellion. Read full book review >
DOES THIS BEACH MAKE ME LOOK FAT? by Lisa Scottoline
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"A silly, featherweight confection that will only appeal to the authors' many fans."
A mother and daughter team up for another volume of anecdotal stories. Read full book review >
MEANWHILE THERE ARE LETTERS by Suzanne Marrs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"An intimate, luminous portrait of a friendship."
Tender letters reveal interwoven literary lives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >