Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

WHITE SANDS by Geoff Dyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A mesmerizing compendium that reflects on time, place, and just what, exactly, we are doing here."
In a slender volume that contains multitudes, the award-winning critic and novelist details his travels in such far-flung places as Tahiti and the Arctic Circle. Read full book review >
BRIGHT, INFINITE FUTURE by Mark Green
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"In the race between 'hope and hate,' Green's informative historical memoir shows him to be firmly on the side of hope for America."
A memoir that offers reasons for optimism about America's political future. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A thoroughly researched but plodding account of the clash of two implacably incompatible cultures."
Cultural historian Hutton (History/Univ. of New Mexico; Phil Sheridan and His Army, 1985, etc.) presents the sorry history of white America's persecution of the ferocious tribe that consistently returned their ill treatment measure for measure.Read full book review >
THE BRIDGE LADIES by Betsy Lerner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"Nostalgic stories from women who came of age before feminism and how they helped a daughter bond with her mother."
A woman reconnects with her mother through her bridge club. Read full book review >
CHAMPAGNE BABY by Laure Dugas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A Frenchwoman entertainingly reflects on what she learned about herself, her family's wine business, and wines in general while living in the U.S."
How one Frenchwoman's stint in New York City helped her find her roots. Read full book review >

BEER MONEY by Frances Stroh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction."
Detroit's decadeslong public death spiral mirrors the steady dissolution of one of the city's most prominent clans: the Stroh family of brewers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A vivid personal account of a courageous young woman standing up to one of the world's most oppressive theocracies."
In her first book, squash champion Toorpakai recounts her remarkable life as a tomboy athlete in tribal Pakistan. Read full book review >
ELIZABETH by John Guy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"One of the best biographies of Elizabeth ever."
The Whitbread Award-winning author delivers an outstanding biography of Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603). Read full book review >
PUMPKINFLOWERS by Matti Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A haunting yet wry tale of young people at war, cursed by political forces beyond their control, that can stand alongside the best narrative nonfiction coming out of Afghanistan and Iraq."
Powerful account of youthful Israelis maturing, fighting, and dying at a forgotten Lebanon outpost. Read full book review >
JAMES JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >
THE AUCTIONEER by Simon de Pury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"At times, the narrative reads like a gossip rag for the fabulously wealthy, but it's an enjoyable book that lets us live vicariously in the haut monde."
Renowned auctioneer de Pury presents a memoir full of gossip, anecdotes, and tales of the very, very rich. Read full book review >
PAUL MCCARTNEY by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A worthy biography that doesn't approach the greatness of its subject."
A biography of the multitalented musician, written with his "tacit approval." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >