Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
OLIVIER by Philip Ziegler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Despite a lack of revelations, this is probably the best Olivier book for general readers."
Veteran biographer Ziegler (Edward Heath, 2010, etc.) offers a well-rounded portrait of the legendary English actor. Read full book review >

MY OLD NEIGHBORHOOD REMEMBERED by Avery Corman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"In 1988, Corman contributed an essay to the New York Times Magazine on his Bronx neighborhood, which he reprints here. Lively and concise, it contrasts with the bland and fragmented quality of the rest of the memoir."
Corman (The Boyfriend from Hell, 2006, etc.) returns to the place he fictionalized in The Old Neighborhood (1980) in this affectionate recollection of his youth. Read full book review >
DISTANT NEIGHBORS by Wendell Berry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Candid, introspective and often deeply philosophical, these letters offer intimate glimpses into the lives and minds of two influential contemporary writers."
A collection of letters chronicling two writers' friendship and common interests in nature and faith. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND EMPIRE by Lawrence James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2014

"Exciting but very specific, this work will appeal most to those already knowledgeable about the subjects and looking for fresh insights."
An intriguing new look into both imperialism and a fascinating historical figure. Read full book review >
THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK by Kevin Birmingham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2014

"Superb cultural history, pulling together many strands of literary, judicial and societal developments into a smoothly woven narrative fabric."
Modernism's "battle against an obsolete civilization," encapsulated in the struggle to publish one taboo-shattering masterpiece. Read full book review >
BULLETPROOF VEST by Maria Venegas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2014

"As Venegas portrays him in this stark, tender narrative, Jose is an extremely complicated man—longing for his children's love, beset by regrets and seared by brutality."
A daughter recounts a legacy of violence in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
INDONESIA, ETC. by Elizabeth Pisani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2014

"A brave, lively writer opens up a wondrous, changing nation."
An elucidating journey through the myriad-island republic. Read full book review >
READING STYLE by Jenny Davidson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 2014

"Davidson prefers the intellectual challenge of analyzing "a problem or a situation" such as the problem she astutely considers here: how writers create the splendid prose that readers cherish."
Davidson (English and Comparative Literature/Columbia Univ.; The Magic Circle, 2013, etc.) encourages readers to hone their critical skills and develop "a deeper comprehension of how to know which objects reward such scrutiny." Read full book review >