Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

HOPE by Richard Zoglin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"In this rich and entertaining work, Zoglin pulls no punches but also remains an astonished admirer."
A contributing editor and theater critic for Time weighs in with what will immediately become the definitive biography of the legendary comedian, born Leslie Townes Hope (1903-2003). Read full book review >
RUMOURS OF GLORY by Bruce Cockburn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"This unusually absorbing book will enthrall Cockburn fans and anyone interested in the life of a serious artist committed to his music and progressive causes."
The Canadian folk/rock singer-songwriter recalls a nomadic life spent witnessing the social and political crises of our time through song. Read full book review >

THE UNIVERSAL TONE by Carlos Santana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An appreciative and unpretentious chronicle, this is required reading for Santana fans and devotees of classic rock legends."
The Mexican-American classic guitar legend (and 2013 Kennedy Center honoree) shares his life before and beneath the rock 'n' roll spotlight with the assistance of Kahn (The House that Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, 2006, etc.) and Miller.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"This remarkable memoir serves as a moving examination of the complex forces of ethnicity, nationality and history that shape one's sense of self and foster, threaten or fray the fragile tapestry of community."
A young Armenian-American journalist examines her identity and personal history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A powerful rendering of an enduring conflict."
A history of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), which triggered a substantial protest by African-Americans, who resented their vile portrayal in the film.Read full book review >

THE ART OF STILLNESS by Pico Iyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Rather than reading it quickly and filing it, readers will likely slow down to meet its pace and might continue carrying it around as a reminder."
A brief, spiritually minded book that offers practical wisdom on reducing stress through stillness. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"'The world is vicious and beautiful and, to some extent, unexplainable,' writes the author. 'But that doesn't stop us from wanting a story.' This is quite a story, masterfully rendered."
The transgender author delivers a unique, powerful rite-of-passage memoir. Read full book review >
PRESIDENTS AND THEIR GENERALS by Matthew Moten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A brilliant, fascinating picture of how wars badly begun and poorly run can affect an entire country—usually at the hands of just a few men."
Military historian Moten (co-author: Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars, 2011, etc.), former head of the history department at West Point, traces the long struggle of presidents to assert their power over recalcitrant generals.Read full book review >
ISABELLA by Kirstin Downey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A strong, fascinating woman, Isabella helped to usher in the modern age, and this rich, clearly written biography is a worthy chronicle of her impressive yet controversial life."
Downey (The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience, 2009) brings her journalistic expertise to this excellent chronicle of the end of the Middle Ages and that time period's most significant female figures. Read full book review >
JERRY LEE LEWIS by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"From a skilled storyteller comes this entertaining, sympathetic story of a life flaring with fire, shuddering with shakin'."
An iconic rocker receives a warm, admiring biography from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. Read full book review >
DE NIRO by Shawn Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An impressive biography that will surely stand as the definitive De Niro volume."
The life and work of the legendary actor. Read full book review >
THE UNSUBSTANTIAL AIR by Samuel Hynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Intimate and memorable portraits of these idealistic, daredevil young men are contained in a marvelously fluid narrative."
A deeply empathetic account of the first gentlemen pilots feeling their ways in uncharted territory. 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 >