Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

DOWN CITY by Leah Carroll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An honest and probing memoir of coming to terms with family."
A debut memoirist tells the story of her mother's brutal murder and her difficult relationship with her father, who followed his wife to the grave 14 years later. Read full book review >
THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS by Michael Finkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A thoughtful, honest, and poignant portrait."
A journalist's account of a Massachusetts man who went deep into the Maine woods to live a life of solitude and self-sufficiency. Read full book review >

LETTER TO A YOUNG FARMER by Gene Logsdon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2017

"From raising cattle to organizing markets, there's much value here for every aspiring farmer, whose work requires brains along with brawn."
An elegant, modern georgic in prose by "contrary farmer" Logsdon (Gene Everlasting, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
INSIDE MY PENCIL by Peter Markus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An inventive and inspiring memoir from an innovative educator."
A fiction writer chronicles his journey teaching Detroit children to use words to give flight to their imaginations. Read full book review >
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by George Prochnik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An uneven but candid testament of two men passionately trying to revive and reimagine Judaism."
A convert to Judaism was deeply influenced by a prolific Jewish intellectual. Read full book review >

YEAR OF NO CLUTTER by Eve O. Schaub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A wry account of the author's quest to 'pitch, plunder, recycle, and sell.'"
How a self-identified "amateur hoarder" managed to rid her life of the overabundance of "stuff" that littered her home. Read full book review >
SUPER FREAK by Peter Benjaminson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"For music fans who must read everything about James or who have never read anything about him."
Benjaminson (Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar, 2012, etc.) delivers a matter-of-fact biography of a musician whose extremes—both the highs and the lows—defy belief. Read full book review >
DODGE CITY by Tom Clavin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"There's some rehashing of the old but much that is new, making this a must-have for buffs—nothing world-changing but a nicely spun Wild West yarn to satisfy even the most ardent consumer of oaters."
Of cowpokes, desperadoes, and the law in a Western town in which it wasn't always easy to tell which was which. Read full book review >
HAZARD by Margaret Combs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A touching, highly poignant portrait of how family dynamics can survive despite disability and seemingly insurmountable challenges."
A sister struggles with her brother's autism while growing up and seeking personal fulfillment. Read full book review >
SOUTH AND WEST by Joan Didion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An almost spectral text haunted by a past that never seems distant."
A revealing publication from the celebrated prose stylist. Read full book review >
THE RULES DO NOT APPLY by Ariel Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Unflinchingly candid and occasionally heartbreaking."
An award-winning journalist tells the story of how her formerly charmed life in which "lost things could always be replaced" came to a brutally abrupt end. Read full book review >
THE UNMADE BED by Stephen Marche
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Satisfying food for thought on the ever changing dynamics of men and women as they interact and go about their individual lives."
Examination of the new roles women and men are playing in the home and the workplace. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >