Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

DETROIT HUSTLE by Amy Haimerl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"An engaging and cautiously optimistic memoir of making a new life."
A journalist's account of how and why she took a chance on a new life and home-rehabilitation project in the down-and-out city of Detroit. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >