Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

DRUNK MOM by Jowita Bydlowska
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

""Do I stay sober?" she asks at the end of this painfully honest, insightful memoir; "I'm still here. But how can I be sure of anything else?" Addiction, she knows, is forever."
A new mother recounts her struggle with alcoholism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"Self-indulgent and only occasionally interesting."
A Dutch-born woman's memoir about how she stumbled into an unexpected career as a globe-trotting photojournalist. Read full book review >

CATALOGING THE WORLD by Alex Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"Wright ends his illuminating story in the present, where Otlet's thoughts about the connection of information to knowledge, and knowledge to insight, are still urgent."
The story of Paul Otlet (1868-1944), Belgian librarian and utopian visionary, who, long before the digital age, dreamed of a worldwide repository of media, accessible to all. Read full book review >
BELOVED STRANGERS by Maria Chaudhuri
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"Lyrical and heartfelt."
An essayist writes about how she tried to flee an oppressive home life only to find herself face to face with the demons she thought she had left behind. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Ira Judelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"Will appeal to readers of true crime and law enforcement narratives."
Acidic account of the little-understood profession of bail bondsman. Read full book review >

SALLY RIDE by Lynn Sherr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"An intimately celebratory biography."
An award-winning journalist's revealing biography of Sally Ride (1951-2012), the first American woman in space. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"A matter-of-fact epilogue with advice for up-and-coming stars is sensible, but the book's gossipy, annoyed attitude threatens to disenfranchise all but the most cynical fans."
A memoir of the music business from a manager who worked his way up from the mailroom to managing world-class acts. Read full book review >
CARSICK by John Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"The book idles way too long, but once it takes off, it's a sweet and funny ride."
Face it: Wouldn't you rather strike out on the road with John Waters than Jack Kerouac? Read full book review >
BIG LITTLE MAN by Alex Tizon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"A deft, illuminating memoir and cultural history."
A Filipino writer explores his racial identity. Read full book review >
TAKE THIS MAN by Brando Skyhorse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"By turns funny and wrenching, the narrative is an unforgettable tour de force of memory, love and imagination."
A Mexican-American novelist's wickedly compelling account of a dysfunctional childhood growing up "a full blooded American Indian brave" with five different fathers. Read full book review >
MARGARITA WEDNESDAYS by Deborah Rodriguez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Readers who fell in love with Rodriguez's chronicle of life in Afghanistan will surely revel in this candid, intimate tale of starting over in middle age in a new country."
After being forced to flee Afghanistan, Rodriguez (co-author: Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil, 2007) initially settled on an isolated mountaintop in Northern California. Here, she recounts her rocky readjustment to American life and eventual relocation to Mexico. Read full book review >
SCALIA by Bruce Allen Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Murphy moves case by case in an evenhanded, thoroughgoing study."
A deeply probing biography of the controversial Supreme Court justice. Read full book review >