Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

THE QUIET MAN by John H. Sununu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"For true believers only—and even they are going to have a hard time lasting through this dull book, which actually encourages more skepticism than it erases."
A droning, 400-page toast to George H.W. Bush. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Clynes makes a persuasive case for allowing gifted children the freedom and resources to pursue their interests."
Popular Science contributing editor Clynes (Music Festivals From Bach to Blues: A Travellers Guide, 1996, etc.) uses the story of Taylor Wilson—who, at age 14, became "one of only thirty-two individuals on the planet to build a working fusion reactor, a miniature sun on Earth"—to illustrate the potential for improving our educational system.Read full book review >

THE SECRET OF GOLF by Joe Posnanski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Some stellar shots, a few slices and hooks, and a couple putts that hang on the lip."
An award-winning sports journalist charts the careers of and competition between Watson (the younger) and Nicklaus (the elder) as they dominated golf in the 1970s and beyond. Read full book review >
MORE FOOL ME by Stephen Fry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"If you're a fan of Oscar Wilde, whom Fry has portrayed on stage and screen, then by near definition you'll be a fan of this writer and this book. Lots of fun—and readers who have been following all along will be wanting more, and soon."
Fry brings his life story into the next decade in this pleasing follow-up to The Fry Chronicles (2012) and other books of memoir.Read full book review >
THE COLORING BOOK by Colin Quinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Dark and gritty comedy served with just a little too much rancor. Quinn squanders a promising opportunity in a memoir that ping-pongs between bar-stool pontification and bad-boy confessional."
The comedian and former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update host tackles race and political correctness. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An affectionate, sharp-eyed memoir that, while it doesn't add anything groundbreaking to the rock-lit canon, will appeal to Alice Cooper die-hards and fans of his brand of music."
A visit to the magical, blood-spattered world of the Alice Cooper Group, courtesy of Dunaway, the band's bassist, co-songwriter and "theatrical conceptionalist." Read full book review >
WELLINGTON by Rory Muir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Almost certainly not the last word on Wellington but, for now, the most definitive biography of him."
Australian historian Muir (Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814, 2013, etc.) completes his suitably imposing biography of the Iron Duke, guiding him from war to an uneasy peacetime. Read full book review >
AARON HENRY OF MISSISSIPPI by Minion K.C. Morrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2015

"A sometimes slow-moving but mostly enlightening book about a fearless man that readers should know better."
Morrison (Political Science and Public Administration/Mississippi State Univ.; African Americans and Political Participation: A Reference Handbook, 2003) brings our belated attention to Aaron Henry (1922-1997), a man of immense talent devoted to establishing an integrated society.Read full book review >
THE HOUSE IS FULL OF YOGIS by Will Hodgkinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2015

"A sweet-and-sour account of a family that is unhappy in its own unique—and very amusing—way."
Adolescence meets enlightenment in this funny memoir, which details what happens to an awkward English teenager when his middle-class, middle-aged father decides to go Hindu. Read full book review >
Walking With the Enemy by C. Read
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2015

"An earnest, if occasionally redundant, description of one woman's rocky spiritual path."
Read offers her personal tale of religious awakening, including her experiences with people whom she says were falsely serving Jesus Christ. Read full book review >
SKYFARING by Mark Vanhoenacker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2015

"The anatomy of an airliner and peripatetic aerial travel, as well as a sophisticated worldview, combine for first-class reading—sure to enhance your next flight."
Vanhoenacker's workplace is the cockpit of a 747. Leaving a contrail of information with lapidary prose, he shows why he loves his job. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bountiful literary history that maps the work of 'an intellectual orchestra, a gathering of sparkling talents in a common cause, each participant the master of his own chosen field.'"
How a "circle of instigators" thrived in mid-20th-century England. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >