Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

A LIFE DISCARDED by Alexander Masters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A lovely, elegant book of interest to historians and biographers as much as to general readers."
An affecting, bittersweet portrait of an anonymous person rescued—if rescued it is—from obscurity quite by accident. Read full book review >
NOBODY'S SON by Mark Slouka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A moving and intense memoir from a gifted author."
A distinguished novelist and short story writer's memoir about uncovering a painful family past he had "hidden…in fiction, story after story, book after book." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"This first-rate journey into human trafficking, slavery, and familial bonding is an engrossing example of spirited, determined reportage."
A consummate chronicler of the American South spotlights the extraordinary history of two kidnapped African-American brothers enslaved as a circus sideshow act. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis."
Two American heroes tested and tried at their most inspired hours. Read full book review >
FLYING COUCH by Amy Kurzweil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A debut that enriches and extends the potential of graphic narrative."
An ambitious debut by a graphic artist whose work succeeds on multiple levels, both visually and in terms of the textual narrative. Read full book review >

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY by John Kaag
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Kaag's lively prose, acute self-examination, unfolding romance, and instructive history of philosophy as a discipline make for a surprisingly absorbing book."
A compelling hybrid combining memoir, a dramatic narrative about saving an endangered rare book collection, and the intellectual history of philosophy. Read full book review >
I AM BRIAN WILSON by Brian Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"As a study in creativity, superb, though as memoir, partial and a touch reluctant. Whatever the case, essential for any Beach Boys fan."
Everyone's favorite musical mad scientist reveals a troubled yet hopeful life. Read full book review >
IN WARTIME by Tim Judah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enlightening, timely study of a misunderstood region of the world."
Making sense of the murderous muddle in Ukraine through touching personal stories and a historical reality check. Read full book review >
CLOUD MESSENGER by Karen Trollope-Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"A vivid saga of a woman who found an enthralling new home."
A Canadian doctor in India finds romance and a fraught quest for professional and personal fulfillment in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
A REVOLUTION IN COLOR by Jane Kamensky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"There may never be a better biography of Copley than this sumptuous, exquisitely told story of a man and his time."
A majestic portrait of the American painter. Read full book review >
SPACEMAN by Mike Massimino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition."
A seasoned astronaut charts the trajectory of his love affair with space and astronomy. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ULYSSES by Ronald C. White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An engaging resurrection of Grant featuring excellent maps and character sketches."
This scholarly but readable biography of the Civil War general and president finds some new facets in understanding "the silent man." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >