Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

PRESSURE MAKES DIAMONDS by Valerie Graves
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Optimistic and galvanizing, Graves' message of hope and hard work is timely and applicable."
A pioneer in multicultural advertising recounts her life surmounting the odds of being African-American and female in a predominantly white male business arena. Read full book review >
FRANTUMAGLIA by Elena Ferrante
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Not a good entrance point for readers unfamiliar with the author's work, but devotees will surely pore over the bits and pieces in an effort to arrive one step closer at understanding the phenomenon that is Ferrante fever."
An assemblage of correspondence and interviews provides Ferrante-curious readers with a look into the mind and methods of the reclusive author. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"For business readers, this insider's tale informs and entertains."
A retired CEO weaves memoir, management philosophy, and career advice in this well-crafted debut. Read full book review >
The Sea Is Quiet Tonight by Michael H. Ward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A well-handled look at the AIDS crisis from the perspective of a man who lived through it."
A gay man recounts his tumultuous relationship with his partner during the 1980s AIDS epidemic in New York City and Boston. Read full book review >
Dressing a Tiger by Maggie San Miguel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2016

"An entertaining blend of kooky events and earnest memories."
A debut memoir about growing up among mobsters and other oddities. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intermittently engaging biography of a logistics genius whose behind-the-scenes influence did as much to win the war as that of most military commanders."
A journalist documents the achievements of an unsung Union hero of the Civil War. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A captivating celebration of a life among words."
A witty memoir from a dictionary editor who insists he is not a "word lover." Read full book review >
ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ackroyd writes of his enigmatic subject, 'he did not want anyone to come too close.' Alas, readers of this book will not get as close to that subject as they might like."
A celebrated biographer adds to the tall pile of biographies about cinema's master of suspense. Read full book review >
YOU WILL NOT HAVE MY HATE by Antoine Leiris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Courageous and inspirational, without a wasted word."
A book that no one would ever want to write proves powerfully, painfully difficult to read. Read full book review >
THE NINE OF US by Jean Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"As the family photos illustrating this memoir attest, for Smith, all was sunshine, smiles, and elegance."
Fond memories from the last surviving child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Engaging because it doesn't take itself too seriously."
A fitfully amusing memoir that seems to be based on the (seemingly correct) premise that any comedian can land a book deal. Read full book review >
BEATLES '66 by Steve Turner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Sir Paul once remarked to the author, 'We were just four kids trying to earn a living.' They were much, much more, of course, and while he breaks little new ground, Turner does a nice job of capturing them at their best."
A pleasing romp through the Beatles' annus mirabilis. 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 >