Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

BY WOMEN POSSESSED by Arthur Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Although the Gelbs deeply admire O'Neill's talents, they portray the same cruel and desperately unhappy man who emerges from many other biographies."
A biography of the playwright who was haunted by three wives and his mother. Read full book review >
CASANOVA by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Casanova's adventures include plenty of juicy details, and Bergreen weaves in just enough to prove his reputation. His travels during one of history's most exciting periods will be great fun for any history lover."
Bergreen (Columbus: The Four Voyages, 2011, etc.) applies his historical storytelling skills to the famous Venetian lover, introducing his intellectual side. Read full book review >

DEFIANT by Janine Shepherd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An inspirational but thin account of an athlete's tragic accident and the long road she traveled to reach a different kind of fulfilling life."
An athlete's memoir about her ability to overcome personal tragedy and reinvent her life. Read full book review >
LIFE BREAKS IN by Mary Cappello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An illuminating celebration of enveloping moments of being."
The author aims "not to chase mood, track it, or pin it down" but rather to "listen for it." Read full book review >
SUCH A LOVELY LITTLE WAR by Marcelino Truong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A first-rate work of graphic memoir dealing with a pivotal period in modern American history."
The early years of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a child, as rendered by the graphic artist he became. Read full book review >

BECOMING UNBECOMING by Una
Kirkus Star
by Una, illustrated by Una
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A powerfully disturbing graphic narrative from an author with a lot to say and plenty of creative chops to say it provocatively."
A graphic manifesto for female empowerment and a punch to the gut of predatory males. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF DAN BRIGHT by Dan Bright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Compelling reading."
A former drug dealer and ex-con chronicles how he became involved in the criminal underworld and managed to escape a wrongful death sentence for murder. Read full book review >
PETER O'TOOLE by Robert Sellers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This engrossing biography of an often excruciatingly difficult though uniquely gifted actor should encourage readers to seek out some of O'Toole's many memorable film performances."
The life and career of enigmatic stage and film actor Peter O'Toole (1932-2013). Read full book review >
KENNETH CLARK by James Stourton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A sparkling, thoroughly entertaining portrait of a brilliant popularizer who brought art to the masses."
The man who wanted to civilize us all. Read full book review >
THE SICK BAG SONG by Nick Cave
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like Cave's growling music, this book isn't for everyone, but who doesn't like the specter of 'a gloop of ectoplasm spurting through the orange air'?"
The gloomy Aussie rock star ponders the ways of the road in this blend of prose and poetry. Read full book review >
RAINBOW DUST by Peter Marren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An erudite, engaging book that will find the broadest readership among nature lovers on the other side of the Atlantic."
A prizewinning British wildlife writer reveals the special place of butterflies in our imagination and cultural life. Read full book review >
THE MISSING MATISSE by Pierre H. Matisse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A candid portrayal of wartime privations is followed by a blur of unexamined events."
The grandson of artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) recalls his adolescence in Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >