Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

SMOKE THE DONKEY by Cate Folsom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"A good read for Marines and their families as well as animal lovers."
The story of a Marine and the local donkey he adopted as a mascot for his troops. Read full book review >
EYEING THE RED STORM by Robert M. Dienesch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"While WS-117L was not entirely successful, Dienesch asserts in this solid, specialized scholarly study, it laid the foundation for the U.S. space effort for the next 40 years."
A study of how the Dwight Eisenhower administration created the first U.S. satellite reconnaissance mission. Read full book review >

IMMUNITY by Luba Vikhanski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"A portrait that captures not only the man, but also the end-of-the-19th-century dynamism that fostered revolutions in art, politics, and science."
A resurrection of the life of "one of the founding fathers of immunology," Elie Metchnikoff (1845-1916). Read full book review >
THE SOLACE OF STONES by Julie Riddle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Evocative prose illuminates the narrative's people and places, but the author's prolonged self-absorption eventually becomes tedious."
Riddle (Senior Writer/Whitworth Univ.) chronicles her life growing up in the Montana wilderness. Read full book review >
A DISTANT HEARTBEAT by Eunice Lipton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Flawed but well-researched and often stirring."
An art historian's account of the research she undertook to understand the life of a mysterious uncle. Read full book review >

THE GIRLS IN MY TOWN by Angela Morales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Essays that are as thematically ambitious as they are deeply personal."
Morales (English/Glendale Community Coll.) debuts with a compellingly rendered collection of essays, the winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize.Read full book review >
SUBURBAN GOSPEL by Mark Beaver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Never preachy or self-righteous, Beaver praises the exhilaration of independence while keeping faith always within reach."
A backsliding evangelical Christian shares stories of a warped youth spent shedding religion for adolescent shenanigans in the 1980s. Read full book review >
KICK KENNEDY by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Leaming doesn't present much new for Kennedy buffs, but the age of Downton Abbey offers fresh context for this story of American royalty and its more tradition-minded British counterpart."
A biography of the comparatively unheralded sister closest in age to John F. Kennedy strains to find something new to say about the Kennedy clan. Read full book review >
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT by Roger Daniels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2016

"An excellent resource that hews to the president's words as reflecting or obscuring his actions."
A fine, fully fleshed portrait of Franklin Roosevelt during his final years, in his own words. Read full book review >
LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016

"A satisfying success story from a reliably outspoken raconteur."
The bestselling author is back with a chronicle of his exasperating love life in New York City following addiction and recovery. Read full book review >
FREDERICK THE GREAT by Tim Blanning
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016

"While the sections about Frederick's childhood and reign are well-written and informative, it is the war coverage that will win over readers looking for a different view of the Seven Years' War."
Prussia owes its reputation as the personification of militarism to Frederick the Great (1712-1786), who, though mocked by his own father as a weakling, foreshadowed Napoleon's military genius. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2016

"A footnote to a much larger story but a welcome one."
A fascinating scholarly detective story centering on the often overlooked ideological architect of the Third Reich, who could never be made to "accept the notion that the ideas he had trumpeted had led to genocide." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >