Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A brisk and entertaining historical narrative."
American politics revealed through the lives of two indelible figures. Read full book review >
BARBRA STREISAND by Neal Gabler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A worthy book, particularly for readers unfamiliar with any of the full-length Streisand biographies."
In the latest in the Jewish Lives series, an experienced biographer delves into Barbra Streisand's psyche. Read full book review >

PISTOLS AND PETTICOATS by Erika Janik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"An entertaining history of women's daring, defiant life choices."
A history of the intrepid women who ventured into male territory to solve crimes. Read full book review >
DISRAELI by David Cesarani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A focused biography that derives its excellent specificity from Disraeli's writings."
A well-documented life of the Victorian statesman and novelist Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) devotes much attention to his strong sense of being a Jew and an outsider. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"Williams delivers a complex tale about a complex disease, and by sharing a narrative rich in detail, personalities, and New York scenes, she will ease the burdens of those immediately affected and inform others of progress in cancer research."
Who would have thought a book about being diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma could be exhilarating and entertaining? Read full book review >

CITIZEN KANE by Harlan Lebo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"Published to coincide with the film's 75th anniversary, this book is a gold mine for fans."
Everything you wanted to know about one of the greatest films of all time—and then some. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"An eye-opening trip behind the political scene demonstrating how showbiz helped money wreck our political landscape. If you enjoy the TV show Veep, you'll enjoy this book."
How the methods of show business took over presidential election campaigns—and how political candidates have paid the price. Read full book review >
SPEAKING FREELY by Robert L. Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A well-written book for lovers of book publishing and supporters of human rights."
Former Random House President Bernstein gives a fascinating history of publishing in the 20th century and traces the beginnings of the human rights movement. Read full book review >
HER AGAIN by Michael Schulman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A brisk, gossipy, and entertaining biography."
An admiring portrait of a rising star. Read full book review >
CHANGING NORMAL by Marilu Henner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease."
Actress and health and guru enthusiast Henner (Total Memory Makeover, 2012, etc.) teams with her husband, Michael Brown, to recount the odyssey that brought them together—and the horrifying cancer diagnosis that threatened to tear them apart. Read full book review >
Audubon by Peter B. Logan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A slow but informative read that is likely to appeal to history and art buffs."
A weighty, prodigiously researched biography of John James Audubon. Read full book review >
SHOE DOG by Phil Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"By the numbers, to be sure, but students of business, for whom Nike is a well-established case study, may want to have this view straight from the source."
Nike mogul Knight charts the rise of his business empire, a world leader in athletic wear. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >