Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

GALILEO'S TELESCOPE by Massimo Bucciantini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2015

"This erudite work will take some effort to follow and understand, but it's well-worth the effort for a glimpse into the world-shattering effect of the birth of the telescope."
Italian professors of the history of science Bucciantini (Univ. of Siena), Camerota (Univ. of Cagliari) and Giudice (Univ. of Bergamo) explore the geographical dispersion of the telescope and the radical change its "new sky" produced. Read full book review >
A Spacious Life by Narissa Doumani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2015

"Intelligent, contemplative spiritual memoir by a fine writer with a rich interior world."
A youngwoman writes of her spiritual evolution in an insightful debut memoir. Read full book review >

THE WILD OATS PROJECT by Robin Rinaldi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"A sensitive, intimate and bold story."
A 40-something journalist's account of her yearlong open-marriage experiment and its consequences. Read full book review >
LINCOLN AND THE JEWS by Jonathan D. Sarna
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Sarna and manuscript collector Shapell offer a vivid, fresh perspective on Lincoln's life and times."
A noted historian asks new questions about Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
EATING VIET NAM by Graham Holliday
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Readers are likely to run out of patience before the author has run out of pages."
A celebration of Vietnamese street food, with some offerings that will make readers squirm as much as the author initially did. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Swollen with a daughter's pride but also full of gripping detail."
The daughter of Kenneth O'Donnell, a principal adviser to John F. Kennedy, discusses the strategies, successes and failures that led to JFK's becoming the 35th president. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON'S CIRCLE by David S. Heidler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"A fluid work of historical research and engaging biography."
An elegant study on the shaping of the first presidency through the excellent people he chose to serve with him. Read full book review >
AN UNCOMPLICATED LIFE by Paul Daugherty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"An expressive, nostalgic series of memories of living life with a special needs child."
A memoir of life with a Down syndrome child. Read full book review >
RECAPITULATIONS by Vincent Crapanzano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Crapanzano's self-conscious, self-analytical style makes this a unique and interesting search for lost time."
A book of memories about the act of remembering. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"A chillingly drawn, expertly researched slice of grim Boston history."
A lively, evocative reinvigoration of Boston's Gilded Age and the psychopathic young stalker who threatened public safety. Read full book review >
CURIOSITY by Alberto Manguel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"For casual readers, the brief personal passages may provide welcome pauses in what is a highly literate and demanding text perhaps best appreciated by followers of Manguel's previous works."
An erudite analysis and exploration of curiosity through the author's own works and those of countless others. Read full book review >
FRANK by Barney Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"Much more entertaining than most political memoirs, Frank's story isn't just revealing; it may be the most fun you can have reading about the United States Congress."
Now that the fiery, occasionally dyspeptic congressman has left office, he lets the air out in a memoir that feels like it's just the thing the long-serving politician has wanted to publish. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >