Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

THE SENECANS by Peter Stothard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Stothard is certainly a unique stylist, but the structure and mystifying detail of British politics and personalities may be a tough sell for many American readers."
Elegiac memoir of the Tories' heady heyday in the 1980s among the court of Margaret Thatcher. Read full book review >
SWIMMING IN THE SINK by Lynne Cox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A simple, inspiring memoir."
An open water swimmer's memoir about how she survived a traumatic year marred by heartbreak and a life-threatening health crisis. Read full book review >

CHASING PORTRAITS by Elizabeth Rynecki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A wonderful story beautifully told. Rynecki's yearslong search, successes, frustrations, and failures are a study in perseverance."
A page-turning personal history of Rynecki's search for her great-grandfather's legacy. Read full book review >
YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Rachel Corbett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"For lovers of poetry and art, an excellent look at two men of incredible talent—and how they handled it."
An exploration of "two artists fumbling through the desultory streets of Paris, finding their paths to mastery." Read full book review >
THE SIX by Laura Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Thompson has fallen under the spell of the breathtakingly beautiful (as she repeatedly insists), seductive Diana, but otherwise, her cleareyed view of the sisters' strengths and foibles makes this gossipy story a delight."
A fresh look at six outrageous sisters. Read full book review >

DON'T THINK TWICE by Barbara Schoichet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An all-inclusive and honest account of how one woman used a motorcycle journey to come to grips with painful events in her life."
How a cross-country motorcycle ride helped the author combat severe depression. Read full book review >
SUPER SUSHI RAMEN EXPRESS by Michael Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While some readers may wish for deeper explorations of some of Booth's subjects, he covers the current state of Japanese cuisine with humor and intelligence."
A British food and travel writer takes his wife, two young sons, and a bubbly brand of humor to Japan in hopes of examining the food culture and losing a few of the pounds he has picked up living and cooking in Paris. Read full book review >
SHE MADE ME LAUGH by Richard Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A warm tribute to a rather bossy know-it-all companion in arms who was hugely talented and fiercely devoted."
An adoring biography of Nora Ephron (1941-2012) explores her motivations as a writer and a feminist. Read full book review >
FAMILY OF EARTH by Wilma Dykeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A captivating, poetic, difficult-to-categorize book that abundantly showcases the author's talent for making words dance. Anyone who has lived in the countryside, or wished they had, will enjoy Dykeman's celebration of nature."
The first publication of a long-lost work by revered Appalachian writer Dykeman (1920-2006). Read full book review >
DEFYING THE NAZIS by Artemis Joukowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A clear, unpretentious volume that justly celebrates a couple who risked all for others."
Companion volume to the upcoming Ken Burns' PBS documentary about an American couple who rescued people threatened by the Nazi whirlwind in Europe. Read full book review >
ALL THESE THINGS THAT I'VE DONE by Matt Pinfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Pinfield is a disarmingly likable guide through rock 'n' roll's twilight, though he occasionally epitomizes a music industry hustler."
A charming, rambling account of a life saved by rock 'n' roll—and devoted to the music industry. Read full book review >
ALL THE KREMLIN'S MEN by Mikhail Zygar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Certainly for Kremlinologists but also for readers wishing to better understand how Putin's Russia has come to look so much like the old Soviet Union."
A veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of Russia's only independent TV news station paints a revealing group portrait of the entourage influencing Vladimir Putin. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >