Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

RASPUTIN by Douglas Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A tour de force of research from the Russian archives, the book is a deeply detailed, occasionally plodding biography of one of history's most malleable characters."
On the centenary of his death, a vigorous attempt to penetrate the monstrous myths surrounding Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1869-1916). Read full book review >
BEAR by Robert Greenfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Essential for Deadheads but also an engaging cultural portrait for anyone interested in the era."
The high life and low times of the original Acid King. Read full book review >

TWENTY-SIX SECONDS by Alexandra Zapruder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An intriguing history of one of the most significant home movies ever recorded."
A meticulous history of an iconic home movie and its contentious afterlife. Read full book review >
SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY by Anna Kendrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"The intimate and semi-entertaining details of an actor's childhood and her rise to stardom in Hollywood."
The autobiography of a Mainer who hit the big time in Hollywood. Read full book review >
BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A somewhat disjointed narrative with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations on South African culture."
The host of The Daily Show reflects on his tumultuous South African childhood. Read full book review >

LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY by Leslie Bennetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A thorough, sweeping look at the woman who pioneered the idea that 'outrageousness can be cleansing and healthy' and the turbulent personality that brought it to life."
The life and legacy of Joan Rivers (1933-2014). Read full book review >
JUST GETTING STARTED by Tony Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"In the past decade, Bennett has been experiencing a renaissance among listeners. Many of them should be happy to hear how he got to this point."
The nonagenarian singer expresses his gratitude to many of the people who have helped him along the way. Read full book review >
SET THE BOY FREE by Johnny Marr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An upbeat study in musical growth and stardom, though it's lacking in writerly style or Smiths gossip."
The driving force behind the Smiths recalls his path to stardom and what he wore along the way. Read full book review >
TRANNY by Laura Jane Grace
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A fascinating, gripping, moving memoir perfect for anyone interested in learning more about gender identity or about the complicated inner workings of the music business.
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A visceral memoir that deftly explores Grace's experience fronting seminal punk band Against Me! as well as the years she spent grappling with gender dysphoria. Read full book review >
OUR REVOLUTION by Bernie Sanders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's not much what-if here and certainly no indecision. Instead, as if rallying the troops, Sanders writes confidently of a program that's sure to be revisited in 2020."
A dark horse speaks, advancing, after the fact, "an agenda for a new America." Read full book review >
SETTLE FOR MORE by Megyn Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"As candid and earnest as we can hope for from a polished TV personality, Kelly's memoir delivers on decency and encouragement."
The TV news star delivers a relatable, sometimes-inspiring memoir with a dash of vulnerability. Read full book review >
ARCHITECTURE + ADVOCACY by William H. Siener
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A multifaceted life story that will enthrall architecture and history buffs as well as scholars."
A beautifully crafted debut memoir about an award-winning African-American architect who broke through societal barriers and helped others do the same. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >