Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Enthusiasts of military heroics should enjoy this grueling account of valor."
Inspirational narrative focused on the friendship between Marine Travis Manion and Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, Naval Academy roommates who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read full book review >

ZOOBURBIA by Tai Moses
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A light, pleasing meditation on the joy of mindfully observing nature."
Journalist Moses shares her joy in coexisting with the wild creatures around her. Read full book review >
THOSE WHO REMAIN by Ruth W. Crocker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A moving exploration of widowhood."
Crocker's memoir about her decision to disinter the coffin where she buried her husband's letters 40 years earlier, after his death in Vietnam. Read full book review >
FRIDAY WAS THE BOMB by Nathan Deuel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"The author's honesty and his self-absorption are two sides of the coin."
These essays can stand alone, but they cohere as a slim memoir of a young American family's years of danger in the Middle East. Read full book review >

REDEEMER by Randall Balmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A sympathetic account of a president too often overlooked, embedded in a rethinking of the rise of the religious right."
The words "progressive" and "evangelical" may no longer be thought of together, yet in combination, they shaped Jimmy Carter as a man and president. Read full book review >
CLOUDS OF GLORY by Michael Korda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Lee is a man for the ages, and Korda delivers the goods with this heart-wrenching story of the man and his state. Readers with the stamina for long biographies should follow this book with S.G. Gwynne's biography of Stonewall Jackson, Rebel Yell, to publish in September."
A masterful biography of the beloved Civil War general. Read full book review >
AIN'T IT TIME WE SAID GOODBYE by Robert Greenfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A book about one of the most interesting eras in the band's history, for those who have never read anything about the Rolling Stones or who need to read everything."
A rock journalist mines the same vein for the third time, parlaying his brief access to the Rolling Stones into a short book that reads more like an annotated magazine article. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT ME by Adam Carolla
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Carolla's sharp-edged and occasionally curmudgeonly observations will be an acquired taste for many, but initiated fans will endorse his amusing candidacy."
Outspoken comedian, podcaster and TV host Carolla (Not Taco Bell Material, 2012) presents a mock presidential bid to "make this country better." Read full book review >
VANESSA by Dan Callahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2014

"Richly detailed account of Redgrave's career, though it's missing the fireworks that some encounters with the author might have ignited."
A freelance critic and author returns with a blend of biography and criticism in his reconstruction of the life of the woman many consider the greatest actress of her time. Read full book review >
THE POISONER by Stephen Bates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2014

"A pleasantly instructive social history."
Sprightly look at the parochial mid-19th-century England that produced an infamous serial poisoner. Read full book review >
THE GOOD SPY by Kai Bird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"A low-key, respectful life of a decent American officer whose quietly significant work helped lead to the Oslo Accords."
A poignant tribute to a CIA Middle East operative who helped get the Palestinians and Israelis to talk to each other—and died for it. Read full book review >