Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Intriguing but lacking the salacious detail and hard evidence necessary for true fascination."
An attempt to introduce the world to a female spy far more successful than Mata Hari and just as captivating. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A potent introduction to a nearly forgotten part of the civil rights movement and a personalized reminder of what it was truly about."
A powerful memoir of the civil rights movement, specifically the dramatic struggle to integrate the schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"When Butler maintains his focus on Cuba, vivid passages and provocative experiences illuminate an island of ambiguity."
Though categorized as a memoir, the most compelling parts of this disjointed narrative concern the Cuba that the author has explored trying to come to terms with a story. Read full book review >
THAT THING YOU DO WITH YOUR MOUTH by Samantha Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An insightful, thought-provoking probe into the impulses of sexual desire."
A collection of musings on actress Matthews' sexual history, including several incidents of abuse as a child—as told to and arranged by critic Shields (How Literature Saved My Life, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
HAIL OF FIRE by Randy Fritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"The memoir is uneven, but the author admirably hopes to help others who would benefit from therapy but might consider it a sign of weakness."
A memoir of a man devastated by the loss of his home in a forest fire and the therapy that helped him recover. Read full book review >

HAPPILY ALI AFTER by Ali Wentworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Though the oddly unfulfilled premise remains a bungle, Wentworth charms her way to safety with her endearing reflections."
Facing her 50th birthday, Wentworth (Ali in Wonderland, 2012, etc.) embarks on an inspirational quest to self-betterment as she reflects on teachable moments from her life.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Fascinating reading about an intriguing woman."
Investigative journalist Goldberg (The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, 2009, etc.) fluidly explores the extraordinary life of Indra Devi (1899-2002), the woman who helped transform the ancient Indian discipline of yoga into a worldwide phenomenon.Read full book review >
NABOKOV IN AMERICA by Robert Roper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Although Roper could well have shortened his excerpts from Nabokov's works and letters, they support his assessment of the writer as 'an extremely talented fellow' but not, in every piece of writing, a genius."
The Russian writer chased butterflies, and fame, in America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An eye-opener and an excellent job of reporting and writing. The only drawback will be the dawning realization that as bad as the three stoners were, the government is sanctioning far worse in its zeal for secrecy and deniability."
Or, the gang that couldn't scam straight. Read full book review >
MOLINA by Bengie Molina
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A simply told, deeply moving story, quite unlike the usual baseball book."
An affecting memoir about a remarkable man who raised three sons to become baseball champions. Read full book review >
THE QUIET MAN by John H. Sununu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"For true believers only—and even they are going to have a hard time lasting through this dull book, which actually encourages more skepticism than it erases."
A droning, 400-page toast to George H.W. Bush. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Clynes makes a persuasive case for allowing gifted children the freedom and resources to pursue their interests."
Popular Science contributing editor Clynes (Music Festivals From Bach to Blues: A Travellers Guide, 1996, etc.) uses the story of Taylor Wilson—who, at age 14, became "one of only thirty-two individuals on the planet to build a working fusion reactor, a miniature sun on Earth"—to illustrate the potential for improving our educational system.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >