Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

THE COST OF COURAGE by Charles Kaiser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"At once heroic and heartbreaking, this story leaves an indelible mark."
A former reporter and award-winning author rescues the almost unbelievable account of one family's experience in Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >
MODERN ROMANCE by Aziz Ansari
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Often hilarious, consistently informative, and unusually helpful."
The ever hip and funny comedian and Parks and Recreation star embarks on a surprisingly insightful exploration of the complex realities of dating today. Read full book review >

BEING NIXON by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Even allowing for a little politicking, this is one of the better books on Nixon in the recent crop, worth reading alongside Rick Perlstein's decidedly less sympathetic Nixonland (2008) and Tim Weiner's One Man Against the World (2015)."
A sympathetic—unusually so—portrait of the disgraced president by accomplished biographer and historian Thomas (Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
IN A FRENCH KITCHEN by Susan Herrmann Loomis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"A tempting and helpful guide to delectable food."
A warm invitation to the French table. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE AND THE COUNTESS by Chris Laoutaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"Intrepid research translates into a sometimes-intriguing narrative stuffed with mystifying detail."
The dense story of the 1596 endeavor by a powerful, litigious countess to block the opening of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theatre in London. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"An elegant, pleasantly obsessive study of a 'life of tolerance, humour, serenity and untiring curiosity.'"
A biography of the peerless 17th-century English writer and scientist that finds new relevance in his deeply observant, encyclopedic writings about man and nature. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"A good primer to convince readers who have not experienced the work of Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg to give them a try."
Literary archivist Morgan (Beat Atlas: A State by State Guide to the Beat Generation in America, 2011, etc.) collects the correspondence of Ferlinghetti (Blasts Cries Laughter, 2014, etc.) and Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), beginning with Ginsberg's first publication Howl and Other Poems (1955). Read full book review >
LANTERNE ROUGE by Max Leonard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"'Being lanterne rouge is about so many other things than being last it is barely about being last at all,' writes Leonard. 'It's about…doing what you can do to the best of your abilities and not giving up.' Indeed, it's nice to know that there is a place in history for those whose great achievement is seeing it through to the end."
In a race as grueling as the Tour de France, where do we draw the line between winning and losing? Writer and amateur cyclist Leonard challenges what it means to achieve greatness through the mythos of the sport's underdogs. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"A revealing behind-the-scenes look at a great orchestra and the colorful genius who shaped it."
Pratfalls, ego clashes, and psychodramas infuse classical music on the grandest scale in this reminiscence of the Cleveland Orchestra under its legendary leader. Read full book review >
BEATING AUTISM by Anne M. Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"Skeptics will raise their eyebrows, but open-minded parents will find encouragement in Evans' story."
A mother turns to Chinese medicine and alternative therapies to heal her autistic child. Read full book review >
NOT FROM HERE by Allan G. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2015

"Readers uncomfortable with the author's message may wish that he did not repeat it so often, and those expecting a son's gentle memoir will be in for a surprise. This is a difficult journey."
One man's journey into his family's past and a sociologist's meditation on white America's history of greed and genocide. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE MASK by Matthew Dennison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A lively, vigorously written biography of a singular character that beckons readers urgently back to Sackville-West's writing."
A passionately delineated portrait of the savage writer, fiercely private lover of women, and eccentric denizen of Sissinghurst. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >