Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

THE SPEECHWRITER by Barton Swaim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Candid but not especially compelling."
A former speechwriter for an ex-South Carolina governor offers a glimpse into what it really meant to be a "fashioner of words" for a self-obsessed politician who fell from grace. Read full book review >
GENIUS AT PLAY by Siobhan Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"While nonmathematicians may have trouble comprehending Roberts' mathematical achievements, they will enjoy this entertaining portrait of a charismatic genius."
A biography of the brilliant mathematician John Horton Conway (b. 1937). Read full book review >

GENGHIS KHAN by Frank McLynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Thoroughly researched, grim, grisly, and sometimes even grudgingly admiring."
A prolific historian, biographer, and journalist returns with a sanguinary and thorough account of "the greatest conqueror the world has ever known." Read full book review >
THE REBEL OF RANGOON by Delphine Schrank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A remarkable chronicle of a multigenerational struggle in Burma bringing about important change."
A dogged journalist penetrates the deeply secretive dissident underground in Burma's police state in this compelling look into a traumatized society in flux. Read full book review >
A COMEDY & A TRAGEDY by Travis Hugh Culley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A testimony to the liberating power of art."
The story of how writing became a means of healing. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"An urgent call for corporate compassion by a woman with a baby in peril."
A first-person account of a woman who became a cause célèbre following the grievous circumstances of her baby's birth. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A freedom fighter's passionate memoir from the trenches."
A victim of Nazi terror who became a Freedom Summer volunteer in rural Mississippi re-creates the conviction of the activists' early civil rights struggles. Read full book review >
STRAIGHT TO HELL by John LeFevre
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Reading this book-length swagger, you'd be forgiven for keeping your money under the mattress henceforth. But if LeFevre is truly hell-bound, as his title suggests, then it's for indifferent writing as much as for any fiscal peccadilloes."
A scattershot syllabus for billionaire boys-club bankers in Bad Behavior 101. "As we see it," writes LeFevre, "if you're dumb enough to get caught cheating, you probably don't belong on Wall Street." Read full book review >
LET'S BE LESS STUPID by Patricia Marx
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A sly, irreverent take on the latest obsessions regarding self-improvement."
New Yorker staff writer Marx (Starting from Happy: A Novel, 2011, etc.), the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon, brings her wit and quirky curiosity to the timely topic of mental acuity.Read full book review >
THE DRUMMOND GIRLS by Mardi Jo Link
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A moving, honest, and laughter-filled account of eight women who gather one weekend every year and enjoy themselves to the fullest."
Loyalty and friendship among eight women. Read full book review >
IT'S GOOD TO BE GRONK by Rob Gronkowski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"It may be good to be Gronk; it's not so great to read Gronk."
A prince of football tells all about growing up Gronk. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 13, 2015

"An accessible and expansive look at the development of the atom bomb, but those looking for a deeper understanding of Oppenheimer and Groves should look elsewhere—either Ray Monk's Robert Oppenheimer (2013) or Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's American Prometheus (2005)."
Former University of Texas vice president Kunetka (Shadow Man, 1988, etc.) follows the long road to the atom bomb.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >