Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE by Shelley Emling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A worthwhile read, but expect nothing new on this saint."
A biography of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380). Read full book review >
SEX IN THE MUSEUM by Sarah Forbes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A provocative chronicle steeped in eyebrow-raising details and personal honesty."
Dispatches from the front lines of the "Smithsonian of Sex." Read full book review >

MASTER OF CEREMONIES by Joel Grey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An honest, eloquent, memorable autobiography."
The diminutive, unforgettable creator of the emcee in Cabaret both on stage and on screen writes frankly of his diverse career, exacting mother, and public embrace of his homosexuality.Read full book review >
THE GIRLS IN MY TOWN by Angela Morales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Essays that are as thematically ambitious as they are deeply personal."
Morales (English/Glendale Community Coll.) debuts with a compellingly rendered collection of essays, the winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize.Read full book review >
My Cousin & Me by Gordon Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2016

"A flawed but often engaging account of one man's deeply personal relationship with Canadian wildlife."
This "natural history memoir" uses anecdotes, philosophy, and evolutionary theory to describe the flora and fauna of rural Ontario. Read full book review >

FULL MOON OVER NOAH’S ARK by Rick Antonson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A book filled with the enthusiasm of discovery, the delight in accomplishment, and the relief of return."
A veteran travel writer pursues an interest from childhood: Noah, the ark, and the landing. Read full book review >
CHASING WATER by Anthony Ervin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A provocative and refreshingly honest redemption memoir."
A celebrated Olympian recounts how he rose to the top of his sport, crashed, and found redemption. Read full book review >
THE GRAND TOUR by Rich Kienzle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016

"The expanding country bookshelf has another welcome addition."
A solid, incisive biography of the last singer universally acknowledged as the greatest in country music. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Genuine, intelligent, and candid."
A 40-something stand-up comedian's blisteringly honest and hilarious account of a life still "majorly under construction." Read full book review >
CITIZEN KANE by Harlan Lebo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"Published to coincide with the film's 75th anniversary, this book is a gold mine for fans."
Everything you wanted to know about one of the greatest films of all time—and then some. Read full book review >
A DISTANT HEARTBEAT by Eunice Lipton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Flawed but well-researched and often stirring."
An art historian's account of the research she undertook to understand the life of a mysterious uncle. Read full book review >
KILL 'EM AND LEAVE by James McBride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An unconventional and fascinating portrait of Soul Brother No. 1 and the significance of his rise and fall in American culture."
National Book Award winner McBride (The Good Lord Bird, 2013, etc.) dissects the career, legacy, and myth of the Godfather of Soul.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >