Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

Accidental Dad by Joshua McDowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"A sobering and ultimately effective personal manifesto for changing American child custody procedures."
A memoir offers a case for altering how U.S. courts view single fathers. Read full book review >
Veronica's Grave by Barbara Bracht Donsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A triumphant story of a woman coming to terms with the loss of her mother and an inspiring, though haunting, testament to the endurance of the human spirit."
In this debut memoir, a determined young woman comes of age in New York City following the death of her mother. Read full book review >

THE ART OF WAITING by Belle Boggs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"In her reporting, researching, and sharing, Boggs has performed a public service for those in a similar position—and for anyone interested in the implications of parenthood or in a story well-told and deeply felt."
So much more than a memoir about trying to conceive. Read full book review >
DARLING DAYS by iO Tillett Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An earnest and heartfelt memoir cloaked under a battle-toughened exterior."
A gender nonconforming cultural impresario recalls a life marked by drugs, displacement, a mentally ill mother, and rare but cherished pockets of solace. Read full book review >
IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Sometimes rueful, often oblique, but provocative and highly readable."
A winding but elegant valediction from Diski (What I Don't Know About Animals, 2011, etc.), known as a literary journalist and chronicler in England, now resigned to a short tenure on Earth as a "canceree." Read full book review >

LIVE FAST DIE HOT by Jenny Mollen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An uneven barrage of life stories by turns hilariously candid and self-consciously flippant."
Brazen dispatches on the life-altering effects of childbirth and motherhood on a woman with a stern "reluctance to be a responsible adult." Read full book review >
THE WAR AT HOME by Rachel Starnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A gripping and guileless account of being the wife of a TOPGUN instructor."
A Navy wife shares intimate details of what life in the military really means for the family behind the enlisted man. Read full book review >
KICK by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"At first, the book is less a biography and more a society report of England's upper class, but it evolves into an exciting, heartbreakingly tense love story."
The Kennedys all kept journals, and Byrne (Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice, 2014, etc.) uses them to the fullest in this biography of Kathleen, aka Kick (1920-1948).Read full book review >
THE REAL PETER PAN by Piers Dudgeon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A simultaneously interesting and depressing story of arrested development, as sometimes occurs with those who write of children's heroes."
With his broad knowledge of J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and his contemporaries, Dudgeon (Maeve Binchy: The Biography, 2014, etc.) tells the disturbing story of his odd relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"This compact biography should please Jackson's fans even if it doesn't break new ground in exploring the singer's life."
TV and radio host Smiley (My Journey with Maya, 2015, etc.) and his frequent writing collaborator Ritz tell the story of the 16 weeks preceding the death of singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Read full book review >
JACKSON, 1964 by Calvin Trillin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"Haunting pieces that show how our window on the past is often a mirror."
A veteran reporter collects some significant pieces about race that originally appeared in the New Yorker, his publishing home since 1963. Read full book review >
THE BUTLER'S CHILD by Lewis M. Steel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An articulate, emotionally moving chronicle of a life informed by racial unrest and elevated with dutiful humanitarianism."
A white man borne of privilege dedicates his life to the defense of civil rights. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >