Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

PETER O'TOOLE by Robert Sellers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This engrossing biography of an often excruciatingly difficult though uniquely gifted actor should encourage readers to seek out some of O'Toole's many memorable film performances."
The life and career of enigmatic stage and film actor Peter O'Toole (1932-2013). Read full book review >
KENNETH CLARK by James Stourton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A sparkling, thoroughly entertaining portrait of a brilliant popularizer who brought art to the masses."
The man who wanted to civilize us all. Read full book review >

THE SICK BAG SONG by Nick Cave
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like Cave's growling music, this book isn't for everyone, but who doesn't like the specter of 'a gloop of ectoplasm spurting through the orange air'?"
The gloomy Aussie rock star ponders the ways of the road in this blend of prose and poetry. Read full book review >
RAINBOW DUST by Peter Marren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An erudite, engaging book that will find the broadest readership among nature lovers on the other side of the Atlantic."
A prizewinning British wildlife writer reveals the special place of butterflies in our imagination and cultural life. Read full book review >
THE MISSING MATISSE by Pierre H. Matisse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A candid portrayal of wartime privations is followed by a blur of unexamined events."
The grandson of artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) recalls his adolescence in Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >

WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE by Deborah Ziegler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A graceful and touching gift of love and posthumous devotion from mother to daughter."
A mother's loving tribute to a daughter struggling with terminal brain cancer who desired to die with dignity. Read full book review >
WE WERE THE FUTURE by Yael Neeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An eye-opening look at a fascinating era in Israeli history and what happens when a child is part of a sociopolitical experiment."
One woman's remembrances of youth in the kibbutz. Read full book review >
THE SWAMP FOX by John Oller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A thoroughly researched biography, if a tad tendentious."
An admiring biography of Francis Marion (1732-1795), a military hero of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
PHOG by Scott Morrow Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A biography whose dough needs less honey and more salt."
A freelance sportswriter debuts with a generous, admiring account of the life of pioneering basketball coach Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen (1885-1974). Read full book review >
BLACK SQUARE by Sophie Pinkham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"First-rate reporting, research, and writing in a debut that will make readers care as much as the author does."
A journalist's first book, a graceful mix of personal memoir and political research, illuminates the complexities of Ukraine culture. Read full book review >
TO PIXAR AND BEYOND by Lawrence Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A footnote to Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, but not a minor one."
Pixar's former chief financial officer turns in an insider's account of one of the world's most influential digital media companies. Read full book review >
AMERICAN DREAMER by Tommy Hilfiger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An honest, straightforward, mostly entertaining autobiography of the man who created a classic yet hip line of clothing."
A memoir from the famed fashion designer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >