Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

CHARLTON HESTON by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entertaining picture of a complicated cinema icon, albeit viewed through rose-colored glasses."
A new biography attempts to understand the many sides of one of the 20th century's most famous actors. Read full book review >
WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY by Nicholas Reynolds
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Although Reynolds is forced to guess about much of Hemingway's secret life as a spy, his conclusions seem consistent with the well-known portrait of the novelist striving to prove his manliness and power."
A military historian uncovers evidence of Ernest Hemingway's dabbling in espionage. Read full book review >

BORN BOTH by Hida Viloria
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A relentlessly honest and revealing memoir."
A noted activist tells the inspiring story of he/r struggles discovering and living he/r lesbian intersex identity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A pleasing slice of baseball nostalgia that offers relevance to today's game."
The history of a fascinating franchise during professional baseball's colorful 1970s era. Read full book review >
MADAME PRESIDENT by Helene Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A brisk chronicle of a strong-willed, tireless, and determined leader."
A celebratory biography of Africa's first female president and 2011 Nobel Prize winner. Read full book review >

DADLAND by Keggie Carew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tender evocation of an extraordinary life."
As Thomas Carew lost his memory to dementia, his daughter embarked on a search to find a man she hardly knew. Read full book review >
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY by David Bellos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that explains all the intimacies of 19th-century French life."
A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Read full book review >
DUCK SEASON by David McAninch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Warm recollections to please fellow Francophiles."
A debut memoir about eight months of French culinary delights. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Illuminating, insightful, and informative—a piquant portrait of a renegade publisher."
How a tiny startup press rocked the publishing world. Read full book review >
THIS LONG PURSUIT by Richard Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Unparalleled research, transparent prose, and wide eyes can serve as a model for other biographers—indeed, for all other writers."
The third in the author's series of riveting titles about the histories, activities, duties, and effects of biographers. Read full book review >
NO FRIENDS BUT THE MOUNTAINS by Judith Matloff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tightly focused study of mountain societies that hints at future conflicts."
A veteran journalist drops into the highest hotspots across the globe for a sobering account of why mountainous regions often engender violence. Read full book review >
WISH LANTERNS by Alec Ash
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Sensitive, fascinating reports."
Novelistic anecdotes reveal Chinese young people struggling with universal themes of education, employment, and love. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >