Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

DIGGING UP MOTHER by Doug Stanhope
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Stanhope offers good evidence that if our own families are messed up, there's always someone who's got it worse. Lively and smart and, in the manner of the best comedy, as sad as it is funny."
In his first book, stand-up comedian Stanhope delivers a sympathetic though unenviable portrait of his multiply addicted, much troubled mother. Read full book review >
AMERICAN RHAPSODY by Claudia Roth Pierpont
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"As vital and entertaining as the creators and work it celebrates, American Rhapsody is an uncommonly satisfying celebration of the cultural kaleidoscope known as the United States."
The New Yorker staff writer delivers a selective history of the difficult, chaotic, transcendent genius of arts in America.Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Kirschbaum provides a welcome sketch of Klinsmann, a thoughtful man of the world who has for years lived in California and who cannot be pigeonholed as merely a European trying to remake American soccer in the Old World image."
A sympathetic look at the man who is trying to transform American soccer and the methods he is using. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A vivid, compelling account of a life on the edge."
The mother of the 18-year-old killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 relates the saga of her life in the St. Louis suburb, expressing her love for her children on nearly every page. Read full book review >
THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE ROLLING STONES by Rich Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A compact and conversant history that makes the story new again, capturing the Rolling Stones in all their Faustian glory."
A funny, personal, and professional history of the Rolling Stones. 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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A well-paced memoir steeped in strife, struggle, sorrow, and, eventually, freedom."
The poignant life story of a woman who escaped a restrictive past to embrace an independent future. Read full book review >
THE GREAT CLOD by Gary Snyder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2016

"Elegant and thoughtful, with much to read between the lines in commentary on a long life's work. Students and admirers of Snyder will be enchanted and intrigued."
The noted poet and essayist returns with a deceptively small book enfolding a lifetime's worth of study. Read full book review >
MEMORIES by Teffi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2016

"Fluently translated by several hands and introduced by Teffi's biographer, Edythe Haber, these are priceless anecdotes and beautiful portraits of friends and acquaintances lost forever."
Poignant reflections of a beloved Russian humorist as she fled her homeland on the eve of Bolshevik victory. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2016

"A beautiful, meditative account of literary and historical merit.
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A debut memoir about adversity, identity, and a mystical quest for spiritual succor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"An enjoyable look at a man on the 'edge of politics' who had a strong influence on Lincoln's development."
An examination of one of Abraham Lincoln's male friendships that has been profoundly "misunderstood." Read full book review >
DETROIT HUSTLE by Amy Haimerl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"An engaging and cautiously optimistic memoir of making a new life."
A journalist's account of how and why she took a chance on a new life and home-rehabilitation project in the down-and-out city of Detroit. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >