Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

STIR by Jessica Fechtor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"The recipes are simple and uncomplicated; many of them have a handful of ingredients but are prepared in a way that might surprise you. Fechtor's book could be described the same way."
Dealing with the aftereffects of an aneurysm through a love of cooking. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Klein changed the way rock does business. In this balanced, fascinating, and well-written biography, Goodman gives him credit where it's due."
The story of a manager more often vilified than any other in the history of rock. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"An often lighthearted but also profound recounting of a life in search of art and faith."
A memoir charting an artist's lifelong challenge to accept his calling. Read full book review >
ALLY by Michael B. Oren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Even before its publication, Oren's book has been attacked, based on culls of provocative pieces. Readers would do well to attend to the entire text of this fluent, important political memoir."
The former Israeli ambassador to the United States balances his personal story with his ambassadorial history. Read full book review >
BASTARDS by Mary Anna King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2015

"A poignant memoir that thoughtfully examines a set of difficult and unique family relationships."
A young woman's account of how a dysfunctional family situation caused her to become separated from her six siblings but how all seven still managed to reconnect. Read full book review >

WORD NERD by John D. Williams, Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2015

"An average game with no triple word scores."
The co-author of the bestselling Everything SCRABBLE© returns with a motley collection of anecdotes, advice, and autobiography—all relating, more or less, to the game he loves.Read full book review >
AGNES MARTIN by Nancy Princenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"The author's deep research and personal correspondence with the artist will be enlightening to fans of Martin and will encourage others to seek out her work."
Writing a biography of Agnes Martin (1912-2004) is a study in frustration, but former Art in America senior editor Princenthal (School of the Visual Arts; Hannah Wilke, 2010, etc.) manages to piece together a story while getting beyond her subject's well-guarded privacy.Read full book review >
MODEL WOMAN by Robert Lacey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"A briskly written, unapologetically frank portrait of 'the empress of American modeling—a mixture of Mary Tyler Moore and Barbara Walters, but tougher.'"
How Ford Models rose to power under the auspices of a no-nonsense doyenne. Read full book review >
PIRATE HUNTERS by Robert Kurson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"An enjoyable read, especially if you've got a thing for pirates."
A look inside the world of professional treasure hunters, focused on the search for a sunken pirate ship. Read full book review >
GETTING REAL by Gretchen Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"For the author's fans."
A Fox News journalist and talk show host sets out to prove that she is not "an empty St. John suit in five-inch stiletto heels." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"An intriguing but minor testament to the persistence of old-school military espionage."
The story of a millennial who became an informant for the FBI. Read full book review >
PLAYING SCARED by Sara Solovitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"For those who similarly suffer, and they are legion, the book suggests, the memoir offers comfort and hope."
A debut memoir by a health and medical journalist about the stage fright that forced her to forsake her promise as a musical prodigy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >