Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A bracing, deeply saddening journey into death and loss whose wryly affirmative resolution, 'joy breaking through the storm clouds,' is nothing but hard won."
What happens to you when your child dies? "You fall," writes cartoonist and bereaved father Hart (Sequential Art/Univ. of Florida), "into a hole." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A book that will appeal to readers convinced that Benghazi and Hillary Clinton's email habits are the most pressing concerns Americans now face."
A conservative polemic against "big government" disguised as a memoir of government service. Read full book review >

GROUCHO MARX by Lee Siegel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A perceptive, though dark, portrait."
An unsparing look at the abrasive performer. Read full book review >
ALL MONSTERS MUST DIE by Magnus Bärtås
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A clear and troubling picture of a country forced to embrace madness."
Two Swedish artists (one visual, the other musical) record their impressions of a one-week sojourn in North Korea in 2008. Read full book review >
THE IDEALIST by Justin Peters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A hard look at Internet culture and the wunderkind it failed in the end."
The spectacular life and tragic downfall of an American iconoclast. Read full book review >

ONE BREATH by Adam Skolnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A worthy addition to the growing body of literature on adventures that test the limits of nature and mankind."
A fatality spurs an inquiry into an extreme sport, illuminating the risks—as well as the rewards—of free diving. Read full book review >
POOR YOUR SOUL by Mira Ptacin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Beautifully written, at just the right emotional pitch. Of interest to all readers but likely to find a home among bereaved mothers."
An unexpectedly hopeful, but never mawkish, tale of love and loss. Read full book review >
LOVING AMY by Janis Winehouse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Although this book may help others going through the heartbreak of addiction, readers may wonder whether it is helpful to the legacy of Amy Winehouse herself."
Winehouse's candid memoir of life with her award-winning, bestselling, hugely talented, and desperately troubled daughter, Amy Winehouse (1983-2011). Read full book review >
LET THE PEOPLE RULE by Geoffrey Cowan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"Political junkies will delight in this rollicking history containing lessons applicable to our contemporary political landscape."
The history of the 1912 battle among Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Robert La Follette for the presidency of the United States, which gave birth to the first presidential primary. Read full book review >
Cocoon of Cancer by Abbe Rolnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2016

"A positive, perceptive primer for cancer patients and caregivers."
A novelist and her husband share insights regarding his cancer journey in this inspirational memoir. Read full book review >
WILDE'S WOMEN by Eleanor Fitzsimons
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2016

"A brisk, sympathetic look at an understudied aspect of Wilde's eventful life."
A lively debut biography of the flamboyant Irish writer. Read full book review >
NFL CONFIDENTIAL by Johnny Anonymous
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2016

"This readable book provides insight into the life of an NFL nonstar, though the author's anonymity proves to be a dual-edged sword."
An inside perspective on professional football from an anonymous NFL rank and filer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >