Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Rachel Corbett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"For lovers of poetry and art, an excellent look at two men of incredible talent—and how they handled it."
An exploration of "two artists fumbling through the desultory streets of Paris, finding their paths to mastery." Read full book review >
THE SIX by Laura Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Thompson has fallen under the spell of the breathtakingly beautiful (as she repeatedly insists), seductive Diana, but otherwise, her cleareyed view of the sisters' strengths and foibles makes this gossipy story a delight."
A fresh look at six outrageous sisters. Read full book review >

DON'T THINK TWICE by Barbara Schoichet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An all-inclusive and honest account of how one woman used a motorcycle journey to come to grips with painful events in her life."
How a cross-country motorcycle ride helped the author combat severe depression. Read full book review >
SUPER SUSHI RAMEN EXPRESS by Michael Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While some readers may wish for deeper explorations of some of Booth's subjects, he covers the current state of Japanese cuisine with humor and intelligence."
A British food and travel writer takes his wife, two young sons, and a bubbly brand of humor to Japan in hopes of examining the food culture and losing a few of the pounds he has picked up living and cooking in Paris. Read full book review >
SHE MADE ME LAUGH by Richard Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A warm tribute to a rather bossy know-it-all companion in arms who was hugely talented and fiercely devoted."
An adoring biography of Nora Ephron (1941-2012) explores her motivations as a writer and a feminist. Read full book review >

FAMILY OF EARTH by Wilma Dykeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A captivating, poetic, difficult-to-categorize book that abundantly showcases the author's talent for making words dance. Anyone who has lived in the countryside, or wished they had, will enjoy Dykeman's celebration of nature."
The first publication of a long-lost work by revered Appalachian writer Dykeman (1920-2006). Read full book review >
DEFYING THE NAZIS by Artemis Joukowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A clear, unpretentious volume that justly celebrates a couple who risked all for others."
Companion volume to the upcoming Ken Burns' PBS documentary about an American couple who rescued people threatened by the Nazi whirlwind in Europe. Read full book review >
ALL THESE THINGS THAT I'VE DONE by Matt Pinfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Pinfield is a disarmingly likable guide through rock 'n' roll's twilight, though he occasionally epitomizes a music industry hustler."
A charming, rambling account of a life saved by rock 'n' roll—and devoted to the music industry. Read full book review >
ALL THE KREMLIN'S MEN by Mikhail Zygar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Certainly for Kremlinologists but also for readers wishing to better understand how Putin's Russia has come to look so much like the old Soviet Union."
A veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of Russia's only independent TV news station paints a revealing group portrait of the entourage influencing Vladimir Putin. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN'S MASTERWORK by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Walter Isaacson goes deeper into his life and Dennis Overbye into his work, but readers will find this shorter biography entirely satisfactory."
A prolific British science writer examines the creation of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Read full book review >
THE RED BANDANNA by Tom Rinaldi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A moving, deeply felt tribute to a courageous individual who sacrificed his life to save others."
The inspirational story of a modern-day hero who escorted dozens to safety during the 9/11 attacks. Read full book review >
LOVE FROM BOY by Donald Sturrock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A fun collection for lovers of literature and travel."
A collection of letters from an endlessly fascinating writer and world traveler. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >