Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A pleasing romp: punk in attitude but literary in execution and a fine work of armchair travel for those unwilling to strap on an accordion on the streets of Rostov for themselves."
Want to see the seamy side of a country? Go on tour as a rock musician. Read full book review >
LAND OF ENCHANTMENT by Leigh Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Stein's compelling, sincere voice emerges full strength from this illuminating, soul-searching story of an emotionally crippling romance."
A novelist and poet explores her role in a destructive relationship. Read full book review >

THE PROBLEM WITH ME by Han Han
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A collection more interesting to Western readers for what the author represents than for anything he has written here."
A collection from one of China's most outspoken "troublemakers and dissidents." Read full book review >
WAKING THE SPIRIT by Andrew Schulman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An inspirational testament to the limitless benefits of music and its role in health care."
A near-death survivor and career musician demonstrates the true healing power of music. Read full book review >
PEACOCK & VINE by A.S. Byatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Although brief, this is an inspiring homage that forges illuminating connections between two dynamos."
An impassioned dual appreciation of two 19th-century creators who turned their lives into art. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"One might wish for more insight into the life of a transplanted Northerner and less emphasis on all-purpose bits of insight and what seems at times a one-sided love story, but it's hard to resist Sullivan's spunky, outgoing personality."
A reality TV star tracks her journey from New Jersey public relations agent to Alabama housewife and mother. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HEIRESS by Jeffrey Toobin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Despite the lack of participation from Hearst, this is a well-informed, engaging work from a highly capable author."
The ubiquitous legal journalist and author returns with a detailed but swiftly moving account of the 1974 kidnapping that mesmerized the nation. Read full book review >
FULL MARKS FOR TRYING by Brigid Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Keenan understands how much the world has changed and hopes her story will resonate with reflective readers who will appreciate her brief but warm glance back in time."
A memoir about "what it was like to grow up…in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s in a family that was, like Britain itself, facing and adapting to the enormous changes taking place around us with gathering speed." Read full book review >
WHISTLESTOP by John Dickerson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A politically astute, timely book that will also have great historical value for future campaigns."
The Face the Nation moderator eases our fears about the 2016 presidential campaigns by showing other historical horrors related to our highest office. Read full book review >
PRESTO! by Penn Jillette
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A sometimes-funny book that should be taken with a tablespoon of salt."
The acclaimed, outspoken magician delivers a "book about extreme personal lifestyle changes, written by a…juggler whose only higher education was Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College." Read full book review >
PLEASE ENJOY YOUR HAPPINESS by Paul Brinkley-Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"As startling and memorable as fiction and ripe for film adaptation."
A rare and beautiful love story between a British-American "sailor boy" and a cultured, older Japanese woman who had lived through the World War II years. Read full book review >
LOVING AND LEAVING WASHINGTON by John Yochelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A quiet but compelling case for working in policy research and advocacy."
A dedicated public servant recounts his bicoastal career working in European security, economic policy, education, and other arenas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >