Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

THE LAGOON by Armand Marie Leroi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"A wide-ranging, delightful tour de force."
Leroi (Evolutionary Development Biology/Imperial Coll. London; Mutants:On the Form, Variety and Errors of the Human Body, 2003) calls on his expertise and his experience as a BBC science presenter to explain why Aristotle's writings on science are still relevant today. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets."
Ambitious, moving tale of an inner-city Newark kid who made it to Yale yet succumbed to old demons and economic realities. Read full book review >

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS by John Lahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"There is only one word for this biography: superb."
The tormented life of a celebrated American playwright. Read full book review >
COSBY by Mark Whitaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The answer is yes, and in more ways than one. An eye-opening book and a pleasure to read."
Readable, thoughtful life of the brilliant comedian and entrepreneur. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"As Stott reveals in this engrossing history, lust, greed and the unquenchable thirst for fame were forces of evil that imbued the age of Romanticism with grief."
A literary history reveals the sorrows of the Romantics. Read full book review >

THE ROOSEVELTS by Geoffrey C. Ward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Excellent, as we have come to expect from the team of Ward and Burns—an eye-opening look at a political dynasty worthy of the name and at a state of politics far better than our own."
The very definition of "lavishly illustrated"—an oversized volume containing nearly 800 photographs documenting the lives of Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and (to a much lesser extent) their wives and families. Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO BECOME A SPY by Justin Lifflander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A real-life Cold War tale filled with nostalgia, exuberance and satirical wit."
Lifflander's debut memoir of his time as an aspiring spy in Moscow, where he fell in love with a Russian woman who may have been keeping an eye on him for the KGB. Read full book review >
FATHER AND SON by Marcos Giralt Torrente
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A short memoir that moves readers on multiple levels."
A provocative memoir about coming to terms with not only the life and death of the author's father, but also with writing about it as honestly as possible. Read full book review >
EICHMANN BEFORE JERUSALEM by Bettina Stangneth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"A rigorously documented, essential work not only about Eichmann's masterly masquerade, but also about how we come to accept appearances as truth."
A riveting reconstruction of a fanatical National Socialist's obdurate journey in exile and appalling second career in Argentina. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2014

"A well-written, yearlong chronicle packed with humor, pathos and valued insights on nearly every page."
A high school teacher who became a full-time writer returns to the high school where he taught for years. Read full book review >
MY FLUORESCENT GOD by Joe Guppy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"Beautifully written, honest, enlightening, hope-giving and valuable—essential for anyone interested in or struggling with mental health issues."
With illuminating clarity, a psychotherapist describes how he suffered a paranoid psychotic mental breakdown as a young man and how he recovered. Read full book review >
ONCE A HUSSAR by Ray Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Readers will yearn for the sequel, Always a Hussar, not yet published in the United States."
Not a reprint or a lost manuscript but a freshly written, top-notch memoir by a former British artilleryman now in his 90s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >