Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

SHENANDOAH by Sue Eisenfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Eisenfeld writes about Shenandoah the way Annie Proulx writes about Wyoming or Edward Abbey about the deserts of the Southwest: pristine, unsentimental, eloquent prose."
A complicated history of conservation. Read full book review >
MACHIAVELLI by Christopher S. Celenza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A compelling portrait of the life of a man 'subject to and involved in history, who believed…that by interpreting the past sagely, one could act more fruitfully in the present.'"
A brief, erudite exposition of the Florentine secretary's mores and intentions. Read full book review >

IT WAS ME ALL ALONG by Andie Mitchell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A candid and inspiring memoir."
A young blogger shares the story of how she overcame a lifetime of bad eating habits, lost the weight that threatened her health and began her journey to self-understanding. Read full book review >
HOW TO GROW UP by Michelle Tea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An engaging and often darkly funny memoir. Life begins at 40 for the author, who got a late start on adulthood and had a wild time getting there."
A memoir about how sobriety helped a recovering alcoholic belatedly become an adult. Read full book review >
THE REAPER by Nicholas Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A generic addition to the crowded shelf of post-9/11 special-ops memoirs."
Gung-ho account of a sniper's time in Afghanistan, focused on "the thrill, the rush, the smell of gunpowder in combat." Read full book review >

SCHUBERT'S WINTER JOURNEY by Ian Bostridge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A graceful confirmation that reading can be an integrative education that offers a surprise with every turn of the page."
A singer, author and professor expertly escorts us through Winterreise, Franz Schubert's 24-song cycle.Read full book review >
88 DAYS TO KANDAHAR by Robert L. Grenier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A catalog of occasional victories and constant missteps that is eye-opening, illuminating and maddening."
Former CIA officer Grenier delivers an action-packed tale, rich in implication, of the post-9/11 race to unseat the Taliban and rout al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
THE STRATEGIST by Bartholomew Sparrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Dry and factually overwhelming, the book will appeal to hard-core military historians and politicos."
Old-school conservative military adviser Brent Scowcroft (b. 1925) receives a discursive biographical treatment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A moving memoir that's particularly timely, given the current health care debate in the United States.
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A heart-rending debut nonfiction account of a couple's struggles with insurance companies as they tried to recover from a catastrophic accident. Read full book review >
THE YOUNG T.E. LAWRENCE by Anthony Sattin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"A masterful account of the beginnings of a unique man."
Sattin (The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery, and the Search for Timbuktu, 2004, etc.) details the early years of the man who loved the Arabian people and determined to free them from Turkish rule.Read full book review >
LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME by Alexandra Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Although her batty and unhinged relatives emerge more vividly than her taciturn husband, Fuller's talent as a storyteller makes this memoir sing."
Fuller (Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, 2012, etc.) resumes her memories of growing up in Africa in this wry, forthright and captivating memoir.Read full book review >
DIRTY CHICK by Antonia Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Warm, funny and touching."
An "artsy San Francisco dilettante" tells the story of how she traded her urban existence for a life of "chasing cows…and executing chickens" in rural New Zealand. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >