Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

PEACOCK & VINE by A.S. Byatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Although brief, this is an inspiring homage that forges illuminating connections between two dynamos."
An impassioned dual appreciation of two 19th-century creators who turned their lives into art. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"One might wish for more insight into the life of a transplanted Northerner and less emphasis on all-purpose bits of insight and what seems at times a one-sided love story, but it's hard to resist Sullivan's spunky, outgoing personality."
A reality TV star tracks her journey from New Jersey public relations agent to Alabama housewife and mother. Read full book review >

AMERICAN HEIRESS by Jeffrey Toobin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Despite the lack of participation from Hearst, this is a well-informed, engaging work from a highly capable author."
The ubiquitous legal journalist and author returns with a detailed but swiftly moving account of the 1974 kidnapping that mesmerized the nation. Read full book review >
FULL MARKS FOR TRYING by Brigid Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Keenan understands how much the world has changed and hopes her story will resonate with reflective readers who will appreciate her brief but warm glance back in time."
A memoir about "what it was like to grow up…in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s in a family that was, like Britain itself, facing and adapting to the enormous changes taking place around us with gathering speed." Read full book review >
WHISTLESTOP by John Dickerson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A politically astute, timely book that will also have great historical value for future campaigns."
The Face the Nation moderator eases our fears about the 2016 presidential campaigns by showing other historical horrors related to our highest office. Read full book review >

PRESTO! by Penn Jillette
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A sometimes-funny book that should be taken with a tablespoon of salt."
The acclaimed, outspoken magician delivers a "book about extreme personal lifestyle changes, written by a…juggler whose only higher education was Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College." Read full book review >
PLEASE ENJOY YOUR HAPPINESS by Paul Brinkley-Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"As startling and memorable as fiction and ripe for film adaptation."
A rare and beautiful love story between a British-American "sailor boy" and a cultured, older Japanese woman who had lived through the World War II years. Read full book review >
LOVING AND LEAVING WASHINGTON by John Yochelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A quiet but compelling case for working in policy research and advocacy."
A dedicated public servant recounts his bicoastal career working in European security, economic policy, education, and other arenas. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Though no Gideon's Trumpet, this is a touch better than the usual run of legal memoirs, and it affords useful insight into the ways of the law and its practitioners."
A noted defense attorney's unapologetic memoir of a long career in criminal justice. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO MADE THINGS OUT OF TREES by Robert Penn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 2016

"An appreciative, environmentally sound reminder of how trees benefit and cultivate life on Earth."
A lifelong nature lover explores the versatility of the ash tree. Read full book review >
THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2016

"A warmly candid memoir of navigating family, aging, and death."
A Canadian writer's debut memoir about how she learned to cope with the houseful of mementos and memories her parents left after their deaths. Read full book review >
FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY by Sam Polk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2016

"A heartfelt and cautionary success story incorporating both the deceptive promises of wealth and the life-changing power of self-awareness."
A former Wall Street hedge fund trader's transformative turnabout from greed to philanthropy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >