Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

AUTO BIOGRAPHY by Earl Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A big, weird, heartfelt book about a badass who could give a damn whether you root for him or not."
In a compassionate yet never overly nostalgic nonfiction portrait of two behemoths from another age, Virginian-Pilot reporter Swift (The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways, 2011, etc.) offers a startling portrayal of a violent entrepreneurial misfit. Read full book review >
CANDY AT LAST by Candy Spelling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"For hard-core Spelling (either Aaron or Tori) fans only."
Hollywood memoir 101. Read full book review >

A DIFFICULT PAR by James R. Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2014

"Hansen ably shows us a life filled with unrivaled success and deep end-of-life disappointment."
Hansen (First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, 2005, etc.) returns with the complicated story of the celebrated golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1906-2000). Read full book review >
WILL NOT ATTEND by Adam Resnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2014

"A neurotic, unapologetic, hilarious collection."
Emmy-winning screenwriter Resnick holds nothing back in this debut of shamelessly personal tales. Read full book review >
THE MANTLE OF COMMAND by Nigel Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Lively, elucidating, elegant and highly knowledgeable."
A deeply engrossing study of the first year of Franklin Roosevelt's prescient military leadership in World War II. Read full book review >

EATING WILDLY by Ava Chin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A delectable feast of the heart."
A professor and journalist's engaging account of how being an urban forager in New York City led her to unexpected personal enlightenment. Read full book review >
THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF REBECCA WEST by Lorna Gibb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A generous, mostly gratifying life, but a question remains: What drove this deeply committed author?"
Scottish chronicler Gibb (Lady Hester: Queen of the East, 2005) presents Rebecca West (1892-1983) in all her contradictory melodrama, unflinching political vision and trailblazing feminism. Read full book review >
THE SHELF by Phyllis Rose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Chatty, enthusiastic and at times rambling, Rose is a welcoming guide on her latest journey of literary discovery."
A year of reading randomly. Read full book review >
SHRINKAGE by Bryan Bishop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A candid recounting of this funnyman's navigation across cancer's rocky terrain and his trek back to health. Bishop's narrative brings a much-appreciated dose of human warmth to a dark and scary place."
Radio personality Bishop, aka "Bald Bryan" from the Adam Carolla Show podcast, depicts his battle with an inoperable brain tumor. Read full book review >
EIGHT WORLD CUPS by George Vecsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Timed to appear before the 2014 tournament in Brazil, the book provides a readable personal story and a history of America's coming-of-age on the pitch."
One man's perspective on more than three decades of international soccer. Read full book review >
ENDURING COURAGE by John F. Ross
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Ross sweeps readers along in Rickenbacker's thrilling tale."
Energetic look at the World War I ace's early exploits through the prism of exciting modern changes in America. Read full book review >
DYLAN by Dennis McDougal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Richly detailed, though the author places Dylan on a higher shelf in the cultural library than history may permit."
The biographer of Lew Wasserman, Jack Nicholson and Otis Chandler returns with a sometimes-scholarly, sometimes-snarky life of the songwriting and singing legend. Read full book review >