Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

HOW ABOUT NEVER—IS NEVER GOOD FOR YOU? by Bob Mankoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Those who aspire to a career drawing for the New Yorker will find this essential reading—or just give up."
Part glib memoir and part cartoon anthology from the cartoon editor for the New Yorker. Read full book review >
EXODUS by Deborah Feldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"An enthralling account of how one Orthodox Jewish woman turned her back on her religion and found genuineness and validity in her new life."
One woman's search to understand herself and her Jewish heritage. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"A powerful story of courage and hope that should inspire others to follow trailblazers like Steckel and his students."
Inspiring account of what it takes to overcome class and ethnic barriers to gain acceptance to college. Read full book review >
THE BOHEMIANS by Ben Tarnoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2014

"It may be, as Tarnoff asserts, that these writers spent the best years of their lives in California, but only Twain, living in New York and Connecticut, left a lasting literary legacy."
Four ambitious writers star in this literary history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2014

"As an artist who "left behind…many lifetimes of brilliant music, a legacy that will inspire generations to come," Chilton receives the biography he deserves."
A thoroughly reported biography illuminating the life and work of one of the more mystifying and influential cult figures in rock. Read full book review >

HARVEST by Max Watman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2014

"With an essayist's flair for careful description, this is an entertaining, if not eye-opening, look at one man's passion for the pleasures of the table. Recommended as a congenial overview of homespun ideals."
Hudson Valley writer Watman (Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine, 2010) charts his adventures in sourcing or producing whole foods in more direct ways, without the polemical emphasis on locavore movements, environmental politics, corporate agriculture or related issues. Read full book review >
Surrounded By Madness: A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets by Rachel  Pruchno
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2014

"An unvarnished look at the destructiveness of mental illness, as told by a person who suffered at the hands of someone else's demons."
The heavy-hearted memoir of a woman who lost her mother and daughter to the bitter grip of mental illness. Read full book review >
A SLIVER OF LIGHT by Shane Bauer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"An unsugared account that demonstrates the admirable, unbreakable bond of friends, parents and countrymen."
The three American hikers imprisoned in Iran in 2009 alternate relaying their versions of their scary, uncertain ordeal. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE OF A PENCIL by Adam Braun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Informative and inspiring but somewhat marred by a self-congratulatory tone."
The founder and CEO of the nonprofit Pencils of Promise explains the secret of his success: reliance on social media and "cause marketing." Read full book review >
HERE WE ARE NOW by Charles R. Cross
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"A perfunctory accounting that reads like a stretched-out Sunday supplement article."
Routine assessment of Kurt Cobain's cultural influence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"A vividly written narrative of an amazingly diverse world still to be explored, whose destruction, as Rosolie wisely notes, would be a devastating loss for humanity."
In his first book, naturalist and explorer Rosolie chronicles his many thrilling experiences since 2006, when he first traveled to a research center located in a primordial jungle region of the Amazon basin, now threatened with unregulated development. Read full book review >
THE MASTER OF CONFESSIONS by Thierry Cruvellier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Cruvellier is an extremely articulate and compassionate observer to a country and its people plunged through the rings of hell."
With chilling clarity, a veteran international journalist delineates the totalitarian ideology and horrific crimes of the leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. Read full book review >