Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

POWER FORWARD by Reggie Love
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Though Love admits to his share of mistakes, both he and the president he served emerge from this memoir as admirable and likable."
A memoir in which the author recounts his years as personal aide and "bodyman" for Barack Obama. Read full book review >
THE LONG HITCH HOME by Jamie Maslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Readers who have been waiting for Tucker Max to travel more fully will be thrilled to discover Maslin's antics, which will likely turn off some readers. However, those charmed by the author's guile and those who choose to push past their annoyance will be rewarded with an honest and gripping travel narrative."
An ambitious, uneven account of hitchhiking across three continents, from a smart but surprisingly immature British travel writer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Custer completists will want to have a look, but there are many better books on the subject."
Revisionist study of one of the most signal defeats in the annals of America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A highly personal and memorable story."
Shannon (A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman, 2010), an international human rights activist and founder of the nonprofit Run for Congo Women, tells the harrowing story of a Congolese family torn apart by the ongoing threat of Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army.Read full book review >
FUTURE ARCTIC by Edward Struzik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An urgent, passionate defense of ecological conservation and understanding."
An examination of the devastating ecological, political and geographic consequences of climate change in the Arctic. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >