Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

IRREPRESSIBLE by Emily Bingham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Deeply researched, Bingham's engrossing biography brings her glamorous, tormented ancestor vividly to life."
A colorful portrait of a daring woman. Read full book review >
BORN TO BE KING by Catherine Mayer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Though far from comprehensive, Mayer's intriguing snapshot of Prince Charles reveals the often overlooked intricacies of his personality."
A brief biography of Britain's famous king-in-waiting, Prince Charles. Read full book review >

COMPASS AND A CAMERA by Steven Burchik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"An evenhanded, tasteful, just-the-facts time capsule of one American soldier's Vietnam experience."
First-time author Burchik recounts his 1968-1969 tour of duty during the Vietnam War—service he documented exhaustively with his photography talents. Read full book review >
DOWNBEACH by William P. Singley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2014

"A tender story of a childhood isolated by island life and tempered by world events."
A novel about a young man's struggle to navigate a tumultuous childhood without a father. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A footnote to modern theoretical physics and the history of science. Readers may prefer the bigger picture provided by John Cornwell's Hitler's Scientists (2003) and the better-written works on Einstein by Walter Isaacson and Alan Lightman, among others."
History of the clash between "German" and "Jewish" physics in the early decades of the last century. Read full book review >

BASEBALL MAVERICK by Steve Kettmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Kettmann has written a worthy biography of a compelling figure, but the author's desire to produce his own version of Moneyball has caused him to overstate his case."
A biography of one of baseball's leading front-office figures. Read full book review >
IT'S A LONG STORY by Willie Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Amiable but with an edge, and good reading for Nelson's legion of followers."
The beloved outlaw country icon rolls a fat one for his fans and sits down on the porch to spin a few yarns. Read full book review >
The Private Life of General Omar N. Bradley by Jeffrey D. Lavoie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A rigorous yet accessible look at a misunderstood American hero."
This biography of Gen. Omar N. Bradley, one of Patton's contemporaries, explores his personal life more thoroughly than any attempted before. Read full book review >
DEAD LETTER OFFICE by Hue
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A haunting, affecting memoir of what's lost in emigration."
Hue, in his debut memoir, writes about family separation following the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
EXHUMING MARY MCCARTHY by Jessica Lamirand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A nostalgia-infused ode to youthful stumbles and joys."
Lamirand's memoir, a debut, recounts the friendships she formed during her first few years at Colorado College in the mid-'90s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Waggish and occasionally wise, the strong-minded author delivers a potent dose of motherly advice and experience."
How one woman returned to more old-fashioned parenting skills to raise her children. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE MASK by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A lively, vigorously written biography of a singular character that beckons readers urgently back to Sackville-West's writing."
A passionately delineated portrait of the savage writer, fiercely private lover of women, and eccentric denizen of Sissinghurst. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >