Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

SUBSTITUTE by Nicholson Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An affecting (long-exposure) snapshot revealing real-life concerns."
The eminent Maine-based author chronicles his lively, maddening month substitute teaching in the local public schools. Read full book review >
GRAND HOTEL ABYSS by Stuart Jeffries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A rich, intellectually meaty history."
Life inside the 20th-century's reigning citadel of pessimism, as told through the lives and (often conflicting) philosophies of its key thinkers. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Much of the work will be confusing to the mathematically disinclined, but their story is inspiring and enlightening."
An inside look at the World War II-era black female mathematicians who assisted greatly in the United States' aeronautics industry. Read full book review >
MAD ENCHANTMENT by Ross King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"King elegantly reveals the soul of a great artist, the last impressionist standing at the end of one of history's most remarkable art movements."
A vivid account of Claude Monet (1840-1926) facing his greatest artistic challenge in the last years of his life. Read full book review >
THE PIGEON TUNNEL by John le Carré
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A satisfying recollection of a literary life well-lived."
An esteemed novelist offers alternately wry and haunted ruminations on a life of literature and intrigue. Read full book review >

The Poison Tree by Henry I. Schvey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A kind of nonfiction Portnoy's Complaint but with a lot less sex; intricately renders a dysfunctional family's life in the mid-20th century."
A professor describes growing up with his dysfunctional family in New York. Read full book review >
MY SON WEARS HEELS by Julie Tarney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A fearlessly open and frank memoir."
The mother of a gender creative child reflects on the unique path of his development from childhood to adulthood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A book for die-hard Little House fans."
How a champion of Ayn Rand shaped the Little House series. Read full book review >
Normal's Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine by Len Bourland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2016

"A memoiristic collection that shines with quiet strength."
A housewife and mother in a Dallas suburb chronicles various changes in her life in this compilation of humor pieces. Read full book review >
FASHION IS FREEDOM by Tala Raassi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A rare book equally likely to appeal to fans of Project Runway and students of contemporary Middle Eastern cultural history."
Fashion designer Raassi looks back on her years growing up in Tehran and her attempts to grow a business in the United States. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Medici fans will expand their awareness of the family's broad reach, and Renaissance students will discover Machiavelli's models for The Prince."
An exploration of the life of a lesser-known Medici: Alessandro (1510-1537). Read full book review >
WHISPERIN' BILL ANDERSON by Bill Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Anderson is a uniquely country personality, and that personality shines through."
A genial account of a gentleman musician's life in and around Nashville. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >