Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

FINDING NORTH by George Michelsen Foy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Armchair sailors will enjoy the vicarious thrills of Foy's brief journeys, and even those with no intentions of abandoning their smartphones will find something to ponder in his speculations about the challenges of gadget-free navigation."
Novelist and amateur sailor Foy (Creative Writing/New York Univ.; Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence, 2010, etc.), who sees technology as a distinctly mixed blessing, chronicles his journey up the New England coast in a rickety boat without satellite guidance.Read full book review >
TURNING JAPANESE by MariNaomi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"This third volume of memoir reads like a chapter in an ongoing series, leading readers to anticipate what comes next."
The rite-of-passage chronicles of the artist at age 22, coming to terms with her ethnic heritage. Read full book review >

THE TELLING by Zoe Zolbrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An honest, unapologetic, and keenly observed memoir."
The intimate story of the sexual abuse the author experienced as a child as well as her sexual coming-of-age and development. Read full book review >
FIRST DADS by Joshua Kendall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Rich in detail, this informative book gives new understanding to our nation's leaders and their offspring."
A look at the parenting practices of American presidents. Read full book review >
HERBERT HOOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Charles Rappleye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Concluding with the rise of Franklin Roosevelt, this study is finely focused and fills an important niche in presidential scholarship."
A fair-handed, surprisingly sympathetic new appraisal of the much-vilified president who was faced with the nation's plunge into the Great Depression. Read full book review >

IN THE NAME OF GUCCI by Patricia Gucci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An absorbing, bittersweet tribute."
The heiress to the Italian fashion house unfurls her combustible family history. Read full book review >
BLACK DOVE by Ana Castillo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"There are points when the writing veers from emotional into overly sentimental. However, Castillo succeeds more often than she fails, and her book provides a compassionate look at those crossing points in our shared lives."
A memoir of a writer—single, bisexual, mother, feminist—and her thoughts on social injustices, culture, and families. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Geographers and American history buffs will enjoy Fenster's detailed research on these fascinating men, her easy style of writing, and tales beyond the textbooks. She opens an entirely new vista on those who opened the West."
The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory for $15 million but did not know its borders. Fenster (FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, 2009, etc.) ably depicts the men who set out to discover them.Read full book review >
FOLLOWING FISH by Samanth Subramanian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An enjoyable exploration of the coastline of India, with a focus on fish."
A travelogue by an Indian journalist about the many roles of fish within his nation's culture. Read full book review >
FOR THE GLORY by Duncan Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A moving hagiography that will appeal to fans of Chariots of Fire as well as Unbroken and similar books."
The life of the deeply Christian Olympic champion runner who forsook the glory for missionary work in China. The story was the basis for the award-winning film Chariots of Fire.Read full book review >
THE LAST SUPPER by Klaus Wivel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A flawed yet urgent and passionate epistle to the West to see an ongoing disaster."
A Danish journalist takes perilous excursions in the Middle East to assess the plight of Christians and finds them in a grievous state. Read full book review >
DAVE HILL DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Dave Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Hill makes an amiable companion, and if his stories aren't earth-shattering, his unforced humor is worth a few chuckles."
An unassuming and amusing collection of essays that touches lightly on the modest events of a believably undramatic life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >