Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

The Bullied Anthology: Stories of Success  by Bhavya  Kaushik
Released: July 15, 2015

"A worthwhile resource for counselors, teachers, and others who work with children."
A collection of personal experiences with bullies sends a positive message to kids going through the same ordeal. Read full book review >
Chameleon by Robert Brandt
Released: April 8, 2015

"A classically riveting crime tale, all the more fascinating for being true."
This historical crime debut details the life of a white-collar criminal who fled the United States for Venezuela in the early 20th century. Read full book review >

Split by Mary  Dispenza
Released: Nov. 5, 2014

"A raw, cathartic read that unflinchingly tackles issues of rape, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness."
Abused as a young girl by a Catholic priest, debut memoirist Dispenza sets out to reassemble her life's "invisible pieces of spirituality and sexuality." Read full book review >
Back To Vietnam by Elaine Head
Released: April 15, 2013

"Gracefully transports readers on an odyssey that transcends the exotic locale and legacies of war to focus on the power of human connection."
An intimate travel memoir tracing one veteran's journey from war to reconciliation. Read full book review >
Bibi & Babu in Africa by Bonnie  Toews
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An approachable grandparent voice guides students interested in African animals, mountain climbing, and travel, with great pictures to match. "
Recalling their trip to Tanzania, two grandparents offer photos and a collection of facts about animals on safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and the plight of Tanzanian orphans. Read full book review >

THE NIXON TAPES by Douglas Brinkley
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Essential for students of late-20th-century American history and the Nixon presidency."
Brinkley and Nichter (The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972, 2014, etc.) conclude their project of publishing highlights from Richard Nixon's infamous tapes with this volume from the last year of recording.Read full book review >
BEHIND THE SMILE by Jeannie Morris
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An overly detailed and dated account of the ups and downs of an Illinois political campaign, possibly of interest to black female Chicagoans, political groupies of any ilk, or feminist book clubs."
A close-up look at the senatorial campaign of a trailblazing black female politician. Read full book review >
CLEMENTINE by Sonia Purnell
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A riveting, illuminating life of a remarkable woman."
The biography of Winston Churchill's unfailing champion. Read full book review >
JUNIOR SEAU by Jim Trotter
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Although the text benefits from the author's deep knowledge of the game—and from many important interviews—excessive sentiment corrodes."
ESPN NFL reporter Trotter debuts with a very sympathetic account of the life of NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau (1969-2012). Read full book review >
INTERLOCK by Patricia Goldstone
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An exhausting deluge of information about a man many remember as a 'natural-born hustler.'"
A tormented artist's life and death. Read full book review >
LADY BIRD AND LYNDON by Betty Boyd Caroli
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Well done. An engaging dual biography of a most intriguing power couple."
A touching, sympathetic portrait of a successful marriage despite the agony and the stress, emphasizing Lady Bird Johnson's spectacular inner grit. Read full book review >
PITCH BY PITCH by Bob Gibson
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A captivating account from one of baseball's most formidable pitchers."
Gibson relives in detail, and with many asides, the brilliant first game he threw against the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 World Series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >