Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

BELLE by Paula Byrne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Byrne brings to this brief history an eye for telling details of daily life, slaveholders' unthinkable cruelty, and the fervent work of a few good men and women who changed their world."
A history of Britain's anti-slavery struggle that begins with a child. Read full book review >
SPIRITUAL MISFIT by Michelle DeRusha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"An intermittently rambling book that may nevertheless serve as a potent source of inspiration for the spiritually and religiously inclined."
A slight memoir detailing one soul-searching woman's rekindling of her religious faith. Read full book review >

RUNNING AWAY by Robert Andrew Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A brutally honest emotional odyssey."
A memoir about a middle-aged journalist who decided that running in his father's footsteps was his best shot at resurrection. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE NIGHT by Joel Selvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating time capsule of a free-wheeling era in American music and society."
A thrilling story of a little-known songwriter and record producer of some of the greatest rhythm and blues hits. Read full book review >
A BROKEN HALLELUJAH by Liel Leibovitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2014

"It's a tall order to follow up what is, in effect, a definitive work, but Leibovitz delivers a different sort of biography that Cohen fanatics should appreciate."
A slightly different look at rock royalty. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO FOUGHT THE GREAT DEPRESSION by John F. Kasson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2014

"Informative and well-researched, Kasson's work offers insight into one of Hollywood's most beloved entertainers, as well as the fascinating connection between politics and entertainment."
A cultural historian examines how the films of Shirley Temple (1928–2014) worked in tandem with New Deal politics to help Americans overcome the Great Depression. Read full book review >
CHASING THE ROSE by Andrea di Robilant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2014

"A quiet country pleasure."
A historian's account of how he uncovered the identity of a mysterious wild rose growing on the old farming estate of an illustrious Venetian ancestor. Read full book review >
LIVING WITH A WILD GOD by Barbara Ehrenreich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A powerful, honest account of a lifelong attempt to understand that will please neither theists nor atheists."
In 1959, the 16-year-old author had an ineffable vision, which she here contextualizes and attempts to understand. Read full book review >
SELECTED SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT by Theodore Roosevelt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Intriguing pieces, unobtrusively and skillfully edited, that form both a time and a timeless capsule."
An eclectic collection from the highly literate and scholarly president of the United States. Read full book review >
UPDIKE by Adam Begley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Thorough, intelligent and respectful, but more bite would have released more of Updike's blood."
A sympathetic, full-meal-deal biography—life, literary works, reputation—of John Updike (1932–2009), who was considered by many to be the most talented of his generation. Read full book review >
THINGS I SHOULD HAVE TOLD MY DAUGHTER by Pearl Cleage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A warts-and-all self-portrait rendered in juicy, robust prose."
Cleage (Just Wanna Testify, 2011, etc.) reprints journal entries chronicling her tumultuous life in the 1970s and '80s. Read full book review >
MAGGIE & ME by Damian Barr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"While it should be heartbreaking, Barr tells a wonderful story, demonstrating the remarkable resilience of a child not only surviving, but succeeding in such a grand way."
Memoir of the difficulties of growing up poor and gay in Margaret Thatcher's Scotland. Read full book review >