Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

All But Normal by Shawn Thornton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A religious debut memoir that carefully brings an engaging, complex family to life."
A pastor examines his childhood living with a disabled parent. Read full book review >
CATULLUS' BEDSPREAD by Daisy Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A fresh, knowledgeable introduction to life, love, war, and rivalries in ancient Rome."
The short life of Rome's first lyric poet. Read full book review >

THE WAR AT HOME by Rachel Starnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A gripping and guileless account of being the wife of a TOPGUN instructor."
A Navy wife shares intimate details of what life in the military really means for the family behind the enlisted man. Read full book review >
KICK by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"At first, the book is less a biography and more a society report of England's upper class, but it evolves into an exciting, heartbreakingly tense love story."
The Kennedys all kept journals, and Byrne (Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice, 2014, etc.) uses them to the fullest in this biography of Kathleen, aka Kick (1920-1948).Read full book review >
THE DRONE EATS WITH ME by Atef Abu Saif
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Readers able to put aside the larger picture of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will find here a very human, up-close, and personal picture of war."
A searing memoir of daily life in Gaza from July 6 to Aug. 26, 2014, when the territory was under constant bombardment by Israel. Read full book review >

THE RETURN by Hisham Matar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A beautifully written, harrowing story of a son's search for his father and how the impact of inexplicable loss can be unrelenting while the strength of family and cultural ties can ultimately sustain."
Novelist Matar (Anatomy of a Disappearance, 2011, etc.) returns to his native Libya in 2012 following a three-decade exile. Read full book review >
UNEARTHED by Alexandra Risen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A generous, poignant memoir."
A Canadian essayist's account of how rehabilitating an abandoned garden helped her to better understand her hard-shelled Ukrainian-born parents. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A personal and imaginative yet overlong perspective on German history."
The inhabitants of a summer house reveal Germany's political, economic, and social history. Read full book review >
LA AMERICANA by Melanie Bowden Simón
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Some awkward prose and clashing metaphors mar the author's heartfelt rendering of her Cuban adventure."
Political antagonisms fail to thwart a cross-cultural love affair. Read full book review >
BUSH by Jean Edward Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A relentlessly hard-hitting assessment of a president who was a 'decider' but 'did not wrestle with the details of policy.'"
Biography of George W. Bush (b. 1946), concentrating on the eight years of his presidency. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A culturally rich and rewarding personal chronicle of ethnic faith and intermingled tradition."
A heartfelt memoir plumbs the multilayered experience of being Muslim in America. Read full book review >
BOBBY KENNEDY by Larry Tye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"Richly researched prose that sometimes soars too close to the sun of admiration."
A former journalist at the Boston Globe returns with a comprehensive, thesis-driven account of the political career of Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >