Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

ALL THESE THINGS THAT I'VE DONE by Matt Pinfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Pinfield is a disarmingly likable guide through rock 'n' roll's twilight, though he occasionally epitomizes a music industry hustler."
A charming, rambling account of a life saved by rock 'n' roll—and devoted to the music industry. Read full book review >
WHERE AM I NOW? by Mara Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A readably candid, sharp memoir."
A 20-something playwright and actor's memoir about her childhood journey to Hollywood fame and teenage descent into contented semiobscurity. Read full book review >

ALL THE KREMLIN'S MEN by Mikhail Zygar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Certainly for Kremlinologists but also for readers wishing to better understand how Putin's Russia has come to look so much like the old Soviet Union."
A veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of Russia's only independent TV news station paints a revealing group portrait of the entourage influencing Vladimir Putin. Read full book review >
THE GENERAL VS. THE PRESIDENT by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis."
Two American heroes tested and tried at their most inspired hours. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN'S MASTERWORK by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Walter Isaacson goes deeper into his life and Dennis Overbye into his work, but readers will find this shorter biography entirely satisfactory."
A prolific British science writer examines the creation of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Read full book review >

GOOD VIBRATIONS by Mike Love
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"For Beach Boys completists, essential. For die-hard fans of Love & Mercy, probably one to miss."
The Beach Boy everyone loves to hate speaks his piece—sometimes sweetly, often gruffly, but always candidly. Read full book review >
CHASING UTOPIA by David Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An eye-opening look at an Eden of eco-villages gradually giving way to economic exigencies."
A personal journey back to the kibbutz of the author's youth prompts an examination of the larger reasons for the Israeli disenchantment with the pioneering enterprise. Read full book review >
THE RED BANDANNA by Tom Rinaldi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A moving, deeply felt tribute to a courageous individual who sacrificed his life to save others."
The inspirational story of a modern-day hero who escorted dozens to safety during the 9/11 attacks. Read full book review >
FIELDS OF BATTLE by Brian Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A fine sports book with a stirring extra dimension."
A veteran sports journalist revisits "the most unusual yet meaningful Rose Bowl Game" ever. Read full book review >
TREYF by Elissa Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A poignant and life-affirming family memoir."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger's account of growing up in a family with conflicting attitudes toward Judaism. Read full book review >
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2 by Riad Sattouf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A solid continuation, but subsequent volumes are sure to provide even more provocative material."
The second volume of the author's graphic memoir presents a portrait of the Franco-Syrian artist as a young boy. Read full book review >
Boomer Tales by LaRue Agresti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2015

"A somewhat random but entertaining sampler of meanderings in the Age of Aquarius and beyond."
Agresti describes her childhood and well-traveled adult life during the 1950s, '60s and '70s, from her native Chicago to the Florida Keys. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >