Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

Footloose In America by Bud Kenny
Released: July 11, 2015

"A slight but appealing account of a long walk (with mule) from Arkansas to Maine."
The author and his wife, newlyweds in their 50s, undertake a cross-country journey by mule-drawn cart in this memoir. Read full book review >
An Alcoholic's Anonymous Ex by Sherry

"Not for everyone, but a surprisingly satisfying and ultimately optimistic remembrance."
This memoir by an anonymous debut author recounts the damage that her now-ex-husband's alcoholism did to her and their son. Read full book review >

MY SON WEARS HEELS by Julie Tarney
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A fearlessly open and frank memoir."
The mother of a gender creative child reflects on the unique path of his development from childhood to adulthood. Read full book review >
The Last Cadillac by Nancy Nau Sullivan
Released: April 26, 2016

"The heartwarming story of a writer's discovery that the aging process—and life in general—can be tragic and wondrous, all at once."
A touching debut memoir about a middle-aged woman charged with caring for both her aging father and her two growing children. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era."
A provocative, multifaceted portrait of essential rap pioneers who ushered the hip-hop music scene to greatness. Read full book review >

CASANOVA by Laurence Bergreen
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Casanova's adventures include plenty of juicy details, and Bergreen weaves in just enough to prove his reputation. His travels during one of history's most exciting periods will be great fun for any history lover."
Bergreen (Columbus: The Four Voyages, 2011, etc.) applies his historical storytelling skills to the famous Venetian lover, introducing his intellectual side. Read full book review >
HERBERT HOOVER by Glen Jeansonne
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A hagiographic survey of an activist president agitating on the wrong side of history. A decent resource, but readers are encouraged to also consult Charles Rappleye's Herbert Hoover in the White House (2016)."
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) as a lifelong champion of true GOP ideals. Read full book review >
TURNER by Franny Moyle
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Moyle writes that young Turner was 'an instinctive and tireless networker, massively self-motivated, undeterrable in his determination.' This excellent biography shows the benefits, and the pitfalls, of such single-minded obsession."
He was the finest landscape painter of his time, and he knew it. This new biography explains why. Read full book review >
DEFIANT by Janine Shepherd
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An inspirational but thin account of an athlete's tragic accident and the long road she traveled to reach a different kind of fulfilling life."
An athlete's memoir about her ability to overcome personal tragedy and reinvent her life. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE by Deirdre Bair
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A serviceable addition to the extensive existing scholarship. Though intelligent and thoughtfully documented, considering the source material and colorful subject, the book is a somewhat anemic read, lacking the narrative verve readers expect from Bair."
National Book Award winner Bair (Saul Steinberg, 2012, etc.) examines the life and legend of infamous crime boss Al Capone (1899-1947). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2016

"An unlikely landscape inspires a memoir of wonder and joy."
A journalist and travel writer pays homage to the "topographic delirium" of marginal lands. Read full book review >
BODY OF WATER by Chris Dombrowski
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"For Dombrowski, the 'scarcely edible' bonefish, which he releases within seconds of catching them, are valuable simply because they are so difficult to hunt down. Some may find his demanding prose equally rewarding, while others might prefer the textual equivalent of something closer to a catfish."
A poet and Montana-based fly-fishing guide recounts his trip to the Bahamas, where he met an aging guide who taught him about fish and life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >