Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

Teenage Degenerate by S.C. Sterling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"An unflinching, often effective story about the torments of drug dependence."
Sterling's debut memoir details his addiction to crystal meth in the 1990s. Read full book review >
Living in Color by Michael Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2015

"A moving account that should help families affected by cancer cope with despair."
A grief-stricken husband attempts to come to terms with the death of his wife in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

WE WERE THE FUTURE by Yael Neeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An eye-opening look at a fascinating era in Israeli history and what happens when a child is part of a sociopolitical experiment."
One woman's remembrances of youth in the kibbutz. Read full book review >
RASPUTIN by Douglas Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A tour de force of research from the Russian archives, the book is a deeply detailed, occasionally plodding biography of one of history's most malleable characters."
On the centenary of his death, a vigorous attempt to penetrate the monstrous myths surrounding Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1869-1916). Read full book review >
THE MARCHES by Rory Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Another winner from a consistently engaging author."
The author's journey along Hadrian's Wall, which allowed him "to explore and answer questions about Scottish nationalism, Rome, Frontiers, and Empires." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"If DeWees' goal is to encourage 'a bookshelf full of new titles,' she succeeds in planting the seed that there are many treasures out there waiting for a second chance."
Debut author DeWees brings back to life seven Victorian women writers with the hope of proving them worthy of shelf space alongside Austen and the Brontës. Read full book review >
TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE by Philippe Girard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A groundbreaking biography that underscores the difficulties of leading slaves to freedom and avoiding violent extremes."
A biography of the man who challenged the power of the leading empires of his day and led the only successful slave revolt in human history. Read full book review >
BEAR by Robert Greenfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Essential for Deadheads but also an engaging cultural portrait for anyone interested in the era."
The high life and low times of the original Acid King. Read full book review >
APOLLO PILOT by Donn Eisele
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A slim, straightforward addition to the record of space travel."
A posthumous memoir gives an unsung astronaut his due. Read full book review >
THE SWAMP FOX by John Oller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched biography, if a tad tendentious."
An admiring biography of Francis Marion (1732-1795), a military hero of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A solid demonstration of how an insistence on secrecy proved to be a fatal breakdown as the Japanese attack loomed. A good complement to Steve Twomey's Countdown to Pearl Harbor (2016)."
This evenhanded exposé of the scapegoating of the commander in chief of the Pacific fleet at the time of Pearl Harbor challenges official memory. Read full book review >
Stepmother by Marianne Lile
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A beautiful examination of a family and the sometimes-fragile ligatures that bind its members."
A debut memoir offers a poignant meditation on the joys and challenges of being a stepmother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >