Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

BEING JAZZ by Jazz Jennings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Jazz's positivity, honesty, frank explanations, and conversational writing style make this an ideal book for trans kids to hand to worried loved ones after they've finished reading it. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Before she was in preschool, Jazz knew she wasn't a boy, and she didn't understand why no one else did. Her parents took her to meet with a well-versed therapist, who told them Jazz is transgender, and they started on a journey with no map. Read full book review >
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Entertaining and unexpectedly wise."
A blogger and nonfiction writer's account of how she survived both new motherhood and her eccentric parents' federal imprisonment for fraud. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Excellent reading for students of park policy, wildlife management, and other resource issues."
A searching study of a tragedy and the legal contest that followed it, one that shaped the course of national park policy in the modern age. Read full book review >
BLACK MAN, WHITE HOUSE by D.L. Hughley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Funny, insightful, and legitimately illuminating."
The Obama years, through a glass cleverly. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2016

"A good history of difficult times in England and Ireland, but Hutchinson provides little significant information about the spy."
The story of "one of those mysterious and charismatic characters in British history whose breathtaking exploits underline the wisdom of the old maxim that truth can be stranger than fiction." Read full book review >

LOUIS D. BRANDEIS by Jeffrey Rosen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A tightly written, tightly reasoned biography aimed at readers who are not legal scholars."
In the latest installment of the publisher's Jewish Lives series, a legal scholar examines the career of Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941), "the most important American critic of what he called ‘the curse of bigness' in government and business since Thomas Jefferson." Read full book review >
THE DIVINE MADNESS OF PHILIP K. DICK by Kyle Arnold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"An inquiry into the SF master's mind that will interest only the most devoted of Dick's fans."
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) sits on the couch for some deep analysis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A rollicking tale of the incredible saga of a man constantly searching for the next exploit and sharing them in his writings."
Separating the escapades from the exaggerations in the life of one of the best adventurers of his age.Read full book review >
THE HOSPITAL ALWAYS WINS by Issa Ibrahim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"This occasionally overwhelming torrent of words reveals both an irrepressible individual with a talent for survival and a mental health system in dire need of repair."
A heady brew of sex, drugs, painting, and music fills this memoir by a man who spent nearly two decades in a mental hospital. Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS AND FLYING MACHINES by Mark Ribowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"Just another in the onslaught of rock bios and memoirs—a disappointing follow-up to the author's excellent Dreams to Remember."
A biography that confirms both the best and the worst that fans have heard about the archetypal 1970s singer/songwriter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A tedious trek through a footnote to history, with very little bearing on contemporary homeland security concerns."
Two New Deal giants clash over the purpose of civil defense at the outset of World War II. Read full book review >
LUCIE AUBRAC by Siân Rees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A refreshing addition to World War II literature."
This biography illuminates for an English-speaking audience the lives of Lucie and Raymond Aubrac, heroes of the French Resistance of World War II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >