Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

ANOTHER GREAT DAY AT SEA by Geoff Dyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"As usual for Dyer, eccentrically intriguing, occasionally dipping into boyish wonder and spasms of sentiment."
Novelist and nonfiction author Dyer (Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, 2012, etc.) goes to sea for an immersive, sometimes-sobering ride aboard an American aircraft carrier. Read full book review >
WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING by Kristin Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"Too much information, too little substance."
A Hollywood sitcom writer's unabashed account of how she spent 10 years of her young adulthood traveling the world and having "sweet, sexy epic little vacationships" with foreign men. Read full book review >

I HEARD MY COUNTRY CALLING by James Webb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"An eloquent military memoir in which the author seems to be grooming for his next move: What will it be?"
Former Virginia senator Webb (A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America, 2008, etc.) employs hard lessons from his own life to explain his reasons for not seeking re-election in 2012. Read full book review >
LIFE OF THE PARTY by Bert Kreischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"The market for this sophomoric book likely consists of men who don't read many others."
Another comedian extends his brand to the printed page. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB by James Bowen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"A simple, heartwarming story of continued companionship and mutual trust and respect. Though the book is averagely written, it is sure to be another best-seller."
The continuing story of a London busker and his feline friend, Bob. Read full book review >

TIBETAN PEACH PIE by Tom Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"The author's detractors will likely find fault, but this is a fitting cap to a sui generis career, equally satisfying in short installments or read straight through."
The first memoir from the idiosyncratic novelist, who claims that if "it doesn't read like a normal memoir, that may be because I haven't exactly led what most normal people would consider a normal life." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"Insightful and intriguing, Gordon's book offers a rare glimpse into a privileged world—and twisted personal psychology—beyond imagining."
Magazine writer Gordon (Journalism/New York Univ.; Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach, 2008) provides an illuminating biography of the reclusive, and largely forgotten, American heiress Huguette Clark (1906-2011). Read full book review >
THE LITERARY CHURCHILL by Jonathan Rose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"Rose's swift, incisive narrative portrays Churchill as a brilliant, if flawed, manipulator of political theater and a star of a tumultuous long-running drama: the history of the British Empire."
A study of the statesman that demonstrates how "literature can illuminate political behavior in ways that more conventional methodologies cannot." Read full book review >
WHAT FREEDOM SMELLS LIKE by Amy Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

Debut author Lewis, a performance poet and actor, recounts her journey from self-hate to self-love, set against the supernatural backdrop of reconnecting to her abusive husband following his death. Read full book review >
BECOMING FREUD by Adam Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"A clear and engaging—though sometimes tendentious—summary of some key moments in an intellectual life."
A psychoanalyst and translator of Freud summarizes the connections between Freud's life and his creation of psychoanalysis. Read full book review >
PILGRIM by Lee Kravitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"An unsatisfying memoir of the search for meaning."
A New Yorker's wandering spiritual memoir. Read full book review >
STEPHEN CRANE by Paul Sorrentino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"Sorrentino's authoritative and sympathetic portrait revives a "bohemian rebel" and prolific, groundbreaking writer."
Thoroughly researched biography of Stephen Crane (1871-1900), who shocked his contemporaries with raw, gritty fiction. Read full book review >