Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

CONFESSIONS OF THE WORLD'S BEST FATHER by David Engledow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A goofy and heart-gladdening tribute to all the joys and slings and arrows of raising a daughter."
A humorous, photo-heavy look at fatherhood. Read full book review >
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A lofty work that may propel readers back to Quincy Adams' own ardent writings."
In this elegant study, Kaplan (Emeritus, English/Queens Coll.; Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, 2008, etc.) portrays our sixth president as a deeply literary man, devout husband, orator, diplomat and teacher who had grand plans for the country's future, including the building of national infrastructure and the abolition of slavery. Read full book review >

STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SING! by Jessye Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Has the feel of an enjoyable though somewhat digressive dinner conversation with a good friend—a famous one."
A celebrated performer rehearses her remarkable life, which began in Augusta, Ga., during Jim Crow and has taken her to the greatest concert and opera venues in the world. Read full book review >
REAGAN AT REYKJAVIK by Ken Adelman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"More personalities than arms arcana, infused by a deep reverence for his man."
Effectively focused, vividly adept portraits of two newsmakers at the pinnacles of their relevance on the world stage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A female buddy book with intergenerational appeal."
Two best friends and fellow Brown University graduates deliver a candid epistolary account of their postgrad adventures "down the rabbit hole" of the real world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Nate Silver numbers and James Thurber wit turn what should be a harebrained adventure into a pretty damn endearing one."
Two former Harvard Lampoon writers attempt a road trip of epic logistical proportions: 30 baseball games in 30 stadiums in 30 days. Read full book review >
GERONIMO by Mike Leach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Though the idea behind it is intriguing, the book threatens to topple from the unwieldy mix of conversational U.S. history, biography and self-help."
A college football coach fascinated by American Indian history draws contemporary life lessons from the biography of a 19th-century Apache warrior. Read full book review >
JAMES MADISON by Lynne Cheney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A proficiently argued account for Madison's greatness, but it lacks the political thrusts of Garry Wills, Richard Brookhiser and other historians."
A Founding Father gets a respectful reappraisal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Although strongly Christian-based, the methods defined here could work for others willing to buck convention and go the home-schooling route."
How a group of children attended college at an early age. Read full book review >
MICHAEL JORDAN by Roland Lazenby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Studded with insights but unnecessarily long—though, given the continued aura of Jordan, likely to sell well."
An exhaustive—and exhausting—biography of the greatest player in NBA history. Read full book review >
UNTAMED by Will Harlan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A moving homage and an adventure story that artfully articulates the ferocities of nature and humanity."
Blue Ridge Outdoors editor in chief Harlan intimately and expansively profiles a fearless Southern island dweller. Read full book review >
ANDRE THE GIANT by Box Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"An achievement that merits a wider readership than just wrestling fans, deserving recognition for the quality of its graphic art."
A labor-of-love tribute, exquisitely rendered, to the larger-than-life wrestling giant. Read full book review >