Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A welcome and engaging work that does honor to Sobel's subjects."
Popular science writer Sobel (And the Sun Stood Still, 2016, etc.) continues her project of heralding the many contributions of women to science. Read full book review >
CROWN OF BLOOD by Nicola Tallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Readers will share Tallis' sympathy with the devout, passive Jane but also approve of her emphasis on the more powerful, ambitious, and unpleasant men and women that surrounded her."
A new biography of the Nine Day Queen, "a young lady sacrificed through the actions of powerful and ambitious manipulators in the complex world of sixteenth-century politics." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Essential reading for comics fans and history buffs, Krazy is a roaring success, providing an indispensable new perspective on turn-of-the-century America."
A revelatory biography of the influential "Krazy Kat" creator George Herriman (1880-1944). Read full book review >
MINCEMEAT by Leonardo Lucarelli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A wickedly candid memoir."
An Italian chef's no-holds-barred memoir of his love-hate relationship with cooking and the cutthroat world of restaurant cuisine. Read full book review >
RELENTLESS SPIRIT by Missy Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A consistently sunny, family-oriented story of persistence and achievement."
A decorated Olympian reflects on her supportive upbringing and celebrated competitive swimming career. Read full book review >

A GUIDED TOUR OF HELL by Sam Bercholz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Darkly fascinating and artfully spirited, the author's cautionary reawakening is a potent rumination on death and what lies beyond."
A longtime Buddhist philosopher's near-death experience proves life-altering, enlightening, and horrifying. Read full book review >
THE UNDOING PROJECT by Michael Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Kahneman and Tversky approached their personal lives and their research in extremely divergent manners. At times, Lewis' details about the unlikely coupling overwhelm the larger narrative, but that is a minor complaint in another solid book from this gifted author."
The bestselling author combines biography with recent intellectual history in a saga about the influential Israeli psychologist team of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF HOME AND FAMILY by Huyen Nguyen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A haunting, cleareyed account of the hardships imposed by war and tyranny."
Huyen recounts growing up during politically perilous times in Vietnam. Read full book review >
HOMER by Barbara Graziosi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A highly accessible book infused with sharp considerations of the 'first teacher' of Greece and of the epics' enduring power, provenance, and influence not only on antiquity and the Middle Ages, but on the modern world."
Graziosi (Classics/Durham Univ.; The Gods of Olympus: A History, 2014, etc.) delivers an excellent guide, rendered with both academic rigor and clarity, to understanding the Iliad and the Odyssey as well as their putative author. Read full book review >
OCTAVIA E. BUTLER by Gerry Canavan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Scholarship for science-fiction scholars."
A deep reading of the work of the late science-fiction master. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A schmaltzy but affecting memoir of a mostly vanished world."
The debut author, who has a long history in publishing as an editor, shares her stories about coming-of-age on the Lower East Side. Read full book review >
JO MALONE by Jo Malone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A moving and revealing account of the author's passion for business and personal success."
Turning yourself into an upscale brand is extremely difficult. Fragrance guru and entrepreneur Malone chronicles how she did just that. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >