Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

THE GIRL FROM HUMAN STREET by Roger Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"With limpid prose, Cohen delivers a searching and profoundly moving memoir."
In an effort to understand the modern Jewish experience, distinguished New York Times columnist Cohen (Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble, 2005, etc.) examines his family history of displacement, despair and resilience. Read full book review >
THE DOGS ARE EATING THEM NOW by Graeme Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A dragon awaits, in other words. Cheerless and even nightmarish, one of the best books yet about the war in Central Asia."
Think Afghanistan is bad now? Just wait until American forces leave entirely and the dragon rises again. Read full book review >

AMERICAN DREAMS by Marco Rubio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Readers will know what's coming before they turn the first page—no better or worse than the average politico prose; as to the contents, all will depend on point of view."
Florida senator and conservative hero Rubio (An American Son, 2012) hits the hustings to proclaim a—surprise—right-wing economic platform.Read full book review >
THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER by Kate Mayfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Introspective and rich with personal revelation."
In her debut memoir, Mayfield (co-author: Ellie Hart Goes to Work, 2005, etc.) mines her 1960s rural Kentucky childhood as the daughter of a charismatic, alcoholic father who earned his living as an undertaker.Read full book review >
THE WORK by Wes Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An inspired story of a passionate American who has delved into a variety of livelihoods and made a distinctive mark on each."
Moore further explores his life's accomplishments and struggles and the everyday significance of "fate and meaning." Read full book review >

THE LAST ESCAPER by Peter Tunstall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"An engrossing valediction to the tough, imaginative generation forged by the war."
A remarkable memoir of a British lad's salad days flying bombers against the Nazis and then repeatedly escaping their prison camps. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"It wasn't all the same, though: The Republicans had a moderate wing in those days. As with all Zelizer's books, this is a smart, provocative study."
A sort-of-liberal president faces an intransigent, obstructionist Congress: We mean Lyndon Johnson, of course, and the class of 1966. Read full book review >
SILVER SCREEN FIEND by Patton Oswalt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A funny, insightful homage to movie love and an honest account of growing up, personally and professionally."
A comedian's lively memoir about his movie addiction. Read full book review >
A LIST OF THINGS THAT DIDN'T KILL ME by Jason Schmidt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Teens and adults who favor memoirs will be fascinated and deeply moved, when they get past the daunting page count. (Memoir. 14 & up)"
A man whose emotionally unstable father moved him from home to home throughout the 1970s and '80s before dying of AIDS tells his story. Read full book review >
THE PARTNERSHIP by Pamela Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"With a novelist's eye for telling details, Katz offers a colorful, perceptive and riveting portrait of a remarkable artistic partnership."
The explosive collaboration of two brilliant artists. Read full book review >
YOUNG OVID by Diane Middlebrook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"In this inventive, hybrid biography, Middlebrook grounds Ovid's poetry in an insightful reconstruction of his life."
Discovering the author of the epic Metamorphoses. Read full book review >
HUCK FINN'S AMERICA by Andrew Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Delving deeply into 19th-century sources, generations of readers' responses and a wide range of Twain's writing, Levy complicates the possibilities of what the novel meant for its contemporaries and what it might mean for readers today."
Rediscovering Twain's most widely read novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >