Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

POSTCARDS FROM COOKIE by Caroline Clarke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A captivating memoir about a daughter's reunion with her birth mother and the intricate consequences it had on both their lives."
Journalist Clarke's story of her discovery that her biological mother was Carol "Cookie" Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole, a revelation that caused her to build a life-altering relationship with her through the exchange of letters, phone calls and postcards. Read full book review >
SHINING STAR by Philip Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"An energetic memoir about a complex individual and his music."
Earth, Wind & Fire lead singer Bailey recounts his groovy life at the center of one of the most influential bands ever to don gold lamé capes and platform boots. Read full book review >

BELLE by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Byrne brings to this brief history an eye for telling details of daily life, slaveholders' unthinkable cruelty, and the fervent work of a few good men and women who changed their world."
A history of Britain's anti-slavery struggle that begins with a child. Read full book review >
SPIRITUAL MISFIT by Michelle DeRusha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"An intermittently rambling book that may nevertheless serve as a potent source of inspiration for the spiritually and religiously inclined."
A slight memoir detailing one soul-searching woman's rekindling of her religious faith. Read full book review >
RUNNING AWAY by Robert Andrew Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A brutally honest emotional odyssey."
A memoir about a middle-aged journalist who decided that running in his father's footsteps was his best shot at resurrection. Read full book review >

HERE COMES THE NIGHT by Joel Selvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating time capsule of a free-wheeling era in American music and society."
A thrilling story of a little-known songwriter and record producer of some of the greatest rhythm and blues hits. Read full book review >
A BROKEN HALLELUJAH by Liel Leibovitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2014

"It's a tall order to follow up what is, in effect, a definitive work, but Leibovitz delivers a different sort of biography that Cohen fanatics should appreciate."
A slightly different look at rock royalty. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE GIRL WHO FOUGHT THE GREAT DEPRESSION by John F. Kasson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2014

"Informative and well-researched, Kasson's work offers insight into one of Hollywood's most beloved entertainers, as well as the fascinating connection between politics and entertainment."
A cultural historian examines how the films of Shirley Temple (1928-2014) worked in tandem with New Deal politics to help Americans overcome the Great Depression. Read full book review >
CHASING THE ROSE by Andrea di Robilant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2014

"A quiet country pleasure."
A historian's account of how he uncovered the identity of a mysterious wild rose growing on the old farming estate of an illustrious Venetian ancestor. Read full book review >
LIVING WITH A WILD GOD by Barbara Ehrenreich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A powerful, honest account of a lifelong attempt to understand that will please neither theists nor atheists."
In 1959, the 16-year-old author had an ineffable vision, which she here contextualizes and attempts to understand. Read full book review >
SELECTED SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Theodore Roosevelt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Intriguing pieces, unobtrusively and skillfully edited, that form both a time and a timeless capsule."
An eclectic collection from the highly literate and scholarly president of the United States. Read full book review >
UPDIKE by Adam Begley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Thorough, intelligent and respectful, but more bite would have released more of Updike's blood."
A sympathetic, full-meal-deal biography—life, literary works, reputation—of John Updike (1932-2009), who was considered by many to be the most talented of his generation. Read full book review >