Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

GIRL IN THE DARK by Anna Lyndsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A unique and haunting story."
A former British civil servant's debut memoir about learning to live with a rare light-sensitivity disorder that forces her to spend months living in complete darkness. Read full book review >
FOLLIES OF GOD by James Grissom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"There have been plenty of books written about Williams over the past three decades, but few weave so many voices into an original and compelling portrait. Grissom honors the life and achievement of his doomed correspondent."
One of America's greatest playwrights as seen by himself and his many muses. Read full book review >

CONFUCIUS by Michael Schuman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A plodding look at the many views of this enduring moralist."
A determined yet not exactly fresh look at this "hopelessly authoritarian, misogynistic, and conservative" sage, whose ideas have nonetheless endured and thrived in East Asia. Read full book review >
THE DISINHERITED by Robert Sackville-West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Sympathetic to the protagonists' plight, Sackville-West hones a well-crafted narrative of intrigue, betrayal and greed."
An aristocratic family's scandalous past. Read full book review >
ROOSEVELT AND STALIN by Susan Butler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A thorough account of the alliance between two very different leaders, although written with an extreme pro-Soviet tilt."
A comprehensive study of the wartime cooperation between the United States and the Soviet Union, as directed by Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. Read full book review >

LIFE FROM SCRATCH by Sasha Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Poignant, heartwarming and generously filled with delicious recipes."
An award-winning blogger and MFK Fisher scholar's account of how food not only came to define a difficult childhood, but also became the way she was able to heal her past. Read full book review >
JUST KIDS FROM THE BRONX by Arlene Alda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Entertaining and informative cherished memories from a diverse group from the Bronx."
Short essays connected by a common thread: a childhood spent in the Bronx. Read full book review >
THE HALF THAT'S NEVER BEEN TOLD by Doctor Dread
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A heartfelt tribute to Caribbean roots music and those who keep it alive."
The pied piper of reggae reveals some, but not all, about his wild ride through the Jamaican music business. Read full book review >
SHERMAN'S GHOSTS by Matthew Carr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Carr not only examines the campaigns and career of Sherman; he also attacks the mindsets and assumptions that have continued to allow America to rationalize its wars."
William Tecumseh Sherman's brutal March to the Sea was not the first military rampage against civilians—even in the United States—but it continues to attract attention and comments from military leaders. Read full book review >
THE FAULT LINE by Paolo Rumiz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A richly detailed journey into Europe's dark past and vulnerable present."
An award-winning Italian journalist chronicles his travels along Europe's eastern frontier. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF CAESAR by Barry Strauss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Once again, Strauss takes us deep into the psyche of ancient history in an exciting, twisted tale that is sure to please."
Master historian Strauss (History and Classics/Cornell Univ.; Masters of Command: Hannibal, Alexander, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership, 2012, etc.) zeroes in on the few years surrounding Julius Caesar's assassination and delves into the strengths of the characters involved.Read full book review >
BECOMING A MOUNTAIN by Stephen Alter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"There are many treasures to discover in this insightful memoir of hiking and healing in the Himalayas."
With a naturalist's eye and a poet's pen, a victim of violence looks to the Himalayas for healing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >