Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

I'M NOT A TERRORIST, BUT I'VE PLAYED ONE ON TV by Maz Jobrani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A funny and occasionally insightful memoir of an Iranian-American comedian finding a voice in showbiz."
The struggles and successes of "the Persian Eddie Murphy." Read full book review >
THE REAGAN ERA by Doug Rossinow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A thoughtful analysis that will annoy and please readers on both sides of the aisle."
Rossinow (History/Metropolitan State Univ.; Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America, 2007, etc.) revisits the 1980s and finds things both to admire and disdain in the president, the culture and the rest of us.Read full book review >

BORN TO BE KING by Catherine Mayer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Though far from comprehensive, Mayer's intriguing snapshot of Prince Charles reveals the often overlooked intricacies of his personality."
A brief biography of Britain's famous king-in-waiting, Prince Charles. Read full book review >
MY AVANT-GARDE EDUCATION by Bernard Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"An unconventional narrative that focuses on sharp, piercing moments."
PEN/Hemingway Award winner Cooper (The Bill from My Father: A Memoir, 2006, etc.) returns with a memoir/essay collection (some previously published) that chronicles his early interest in pop art and charts where that interest has taken him.Read full book review >
MEET ME IN VENICE by Suzanne Ma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A genial, informative chronicle of the hopes and dreams of a Chinese immigrant."
A Chinese teenager's saga immigrating from Eastern China to Italy. Read full book review >

ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Philip Connors
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Unlike other, neater narratives of being lost and found, Connors' story—told with harrowing insight and fierce prose—is messy and incomplete and makes no apologies for being anything but."
Connors (Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, 2012) reflects candidly on the years he spent unmoored after a family tragedy; he continuously found himself in places he felt apart from.Read full book review >
THE BURMA SPRING by Rena Pederson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Pederson visited her subject several times, and she draws a deeply nuanced portrait of the enigmatic, inspiring leader."
The long, hard road to "national reconciliation" wrought by Burmese national heroine Aung San Suu Kyi (b. 1945). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Despite new sources, Sloyan fails to offer a fresh assessment."
A journalist revisits John F. Kennedy's legacy. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF LANGSTON HUGHES by Langston Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A privileged perspective on the man and his art."
The renowned poet's life revealed in letters. Read full book review >
SEX VERSUS SURVIVAL by John Launer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"Although Launer portrays an intelligent, intellectually creative woman, he fails to make a convincing case that her significance transcends her time."
A forgotten psychoanalyst's fevered life. Read full book review >
THE SUMMIT by Ed Conway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"The scope of the subject matter is impressive, and the execution is outstanding.
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Sky News economics editor Conway (50 Economics Ideas You Really Need to Know, 2009) covers the inside story of what really happened during the 22 days of the conference at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in July 1944.Read full book review >
SCREENING ROOM by Alan Lightman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The author shows us many small moments, igniting each with sparks of passion, memory and intelligence."
A family death sends a celebrated author back to his boyhood home in Memphis, Tennessee, where many family members and memories await. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >