Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

THE OREGON TRAIL by Rinker Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"By turns frankly hilarious, historically elucidating, emotionally touching, and deeply informative."
A crazy whim of a trip on a covered wagon turns into an inspired exploration of American identity. Read full book review >
THREE MORE WORDS by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"Uneven but sometimes highly interesting, it serves as a window onto the foster-care system. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
This memoir serves as a sequel to the author's Three Little Words (2008), which chronicled her experiences as a foster child in Florida. Now, she writes of her experiences as a foster parent.Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2015

"Tales that smolder but never quite ignite."
A late writer's stories about life, childhood, and racism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"History brought to vivid life in the characters of these women of purpose."
Two Renaissance queens—who also happened to be mother and daughter—receive a thorough treatment. Read full book review >
BLACKOUT by Sarah Hepola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"A treasure trove of hard truths mined from a life soaked in booze."
A razor-sharp memoir that reveals the woman behind the wine glass. Read full book review >

THE RAPE OF EUROPA by Charles FitzRoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Some will prefer more about Titian's work, as this book has too much extraneous information, but it should broaden readers' knowledge of the many other worlds that surround the history of art."
Trailing the provenance of Titian's greatest work, Fine Art Travel tour leader FitzRoy (The Sultan's Istanbul on 5 Kurush a Day, 2013, etc.) includes short histories of Europe's great powers and lessons in art and art history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Flawed but occasionally moving."
An attorney and horse trainer's account of how he socialized, and ultimately befriended, an abused, psychologically damaged wild horse. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"A charming account of how 'to pursue opportunity and possibility where others see none.'"
A memoir about how the Internet can help in the fight against poverty, from the co-founder of Kiva, "the world's first personal microlending platform." Read full book review >
GREAT MEN DIE TWICE by Mark Kram Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"A solid introduction to an important sportswriter."
Edited by his son, Kram Jr. (Like Any Normal Day, 2012), this is the first collection of work from one of the more literary sportswriters of the 1960s and '70s, whose mixed legacy leaves a hole at the center of this volume.Read full book review >
STIR by Jessica Fechtor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"The recipes are simple and uncomplicated; many of them have a handful of ingredients but are prepared in a way that might surprise you. Fechtor's book could be described the same way."
Dealing with the aftereffects of an aneurysm through a love of cooking. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Klein changed the way rock does business. In this balanced, fascinating, and well-written biography, Goodman gives him credit where it's due."
The story of a manager more often vilified than any other in the history of rock. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"An often lighthearted but also profound recounting of a life in search of art and faith."
A memoir charting an artist's lifelong challenge to accept his calling. 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 >