Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

THE DOCTOR IS IN by Ruth K. Westheimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A joy for her many fans, old and new."
An exuberant celebration of life by America's favorite octogenarian sex guru. Read full book review >
JUDY & LIZA & ROBERT & FREDDIE & DAVID & SUE & ME... by Stevie Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"An unsparing look at the dark side of show business."
Adventures among the stars. Read full book review >

GEORGE THE DOG, JOHN THE ARTIST by John Dolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A disarmingly modest yet profound tale of redemption."
The story of a desperately poor Londoner and a twice-abandoned Staffordshire bull terrier named George poses the question, "Who rescued whom?" Read full book review >
GRANDPA'S WISDOM by J Blasiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An engaging memoir full of cogent adages distilled from a lifetime of compassionate observation.
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A brief divorce memoir built on a foundation of sensible advice. Read full book review >
OUT OF SILENCE by Martin Beck Matustik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"An important examination of what it means to discover one's self, and to reclaim one's sense of belonging."
A philosophically charged memoir of a man connecting with a Jewish heritage that he only discovered later in life. Read full book review >

JACKIE by John Tammela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Charming, humorously observed boyhood anecdotes."
In his debut childhood memoir, Tammela recalls his various escapades while growing up in late 1930s and early1940s Niagara Falls, Canada. Read full book review >
I, BIPOLAR by D.S. Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2014

"Black shows promising analytical skills for a young writer, but his book would have benefited from more emotionally revealing moments, and fewer objectifying descriptions of women."
In this short debut memoir of his first 30 years, Black candidly recounts his turbulent experiences as a young man learning to live with bipolar disorder. Read full book review >
Me: A Rewrite by Anna Jorgensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A zany and refreshing, if slightly overwhelming, take on soul-searching, writing, and midlife crises."
In this debut memoir, a woman turns her quest for something new into a comedic adventure. Read full book review >
INADMISSIBLE by Tamer Elsayed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"An intelligent, honestly written memoir of immigration."
Elsayed, in his debut memoir, tells the story of his struggle to find a better life—and of losing what he'd worked so hard to gain. Read full book review >
MYSTERIOUS PLACES by Jeffrey Gorney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2014

"A lovingly detailed exploration of family history and memory."
Gorney (Syracuse University: An Architectural Guide, 1996) remembers his childhood and chronicles his adult journey to discover his Romanian roots. Read full book review >
Yearning for Normal by Susan Ellison Busch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A moving, intelligent examination of raising a child with a disability."
A nurse tells her personal story of having a child with a severe genetic disorder. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A testament to the human spirit of perseverance in the face of danger and dislocation."
A depiction of the horrors of the second world war, as told largely through van Houten's parents' love letters and diary entries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >