Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

LOOKING FOR <i>THE STRANGER</i> by Alice Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2016

"A compelling companion to a novel that has stayed strange."
The fascinating story behind Albert Camus' coldblooded masterpiece. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A fresh, captivating history of the enduringly colorful Churchill."
A history of the danger-seeking young Winston Churchill during the Boer War, which "had turned out to be far more difficult and more devastating than the amusing colonial war the British had expected." Read full book review >

EYES ON THE STREET by Robert Kanigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An outstanding chronicle of a provocative, influential, iconoclastic theorist of the American cityscape."
A significant, comprehensive biography of an irrepressible urbanist, author, and pioneering community activist. Read full book review >
A WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME by Jeremy Gavron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A thoughtful meditation on a ruthless, mysterious final act."
Why did a bright, vivacious young woman, the author's mother, kill herself? Read full book review >
MARROW by Elizabeth Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A searching, compassionate, and uplifting memoir."
Omega Institute co-founder Lesser (Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, 2005) tells the story of the profound emotional journey that ensued after she became her sister's bone marrow donor. Read full book review >

THE FORTRESS by Danielle Trussoni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An entertaining but too predictable tale."
A handsome prince turns into an ogre in a memoir that reads like a fairy tale. Read full book review >
INCARNATIONS by Sunil Khilnani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An immensely readable teaching tool."
A selection of brief biographies of some of the most brilliant minds and personalities over the long course of Indian history. Read full book review >
MOSCOW NIGHTS by Nigel Cliff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Sweeping history combines with a sensitive rendering of Cliburn's extraordinary passion."
The glorious career of the Texan pianist who captured Russian hearts during the Cold War era. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"On the B-list, as showbiz memoirs go, but entertaining enough."
Longtime agent/manager Gordon, whose clients and confidants have ranged from Teddy Pendergrass to Roger Vergé, tells all. Read full book review >
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SPY WAR by John A. Nagy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A knowledgeable study of Washington's extensive 'bag of tricks' to secure victory."
One intriguing, little-known facet of the first general of the Continental Army: his wholehearted embrace of the art of deception against the British. Read full book review >
THE SULTAN AND THE QUEEN by Jerry Brotton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An erudite work that presents a fresh facet to Elizabeth's reign."
An intriguing look at England's contact with the Ottoman Empire and its enormous influence on Elizabethan commerce and culture, especially the theater. Read full book review >
TREYF by Elissa Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A poignant and life-affirming family memoir."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger's account of growing up in a family with conflicting attitudes toward Judaism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >