Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

FACE THE MUSIC by Paul Stanley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"An indispensable part of KISStory."
KISS' flamboyant "Starchild" unplugs his high-wattage amps and introduces fans to an even more intriguing character: Stanley Harvey Eisen. Read full book review >
DIRTY DADDY by Bob Saget
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Some readers may sense the complexity and darkness beneath Saget's comedic stance, yet this memoir remains bubbly and superficial."
Family entertainer and champion of filthy humor aims to track his two divergent voices in his memoir. Read full book review >

A TASTE FOR INTRIGUE by Philip Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"No hagiographer, Short delivers a clear, useful picture of his subject and his country."
An accessible biography of François Mitterrand (1916–1996), the first popularly elected socialist president, whose life "mirrored the contradictions and compromises of the times in which he lived." Read full book review >
THE SEA INSIDE by Philip Hoare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A beautifully written memoir/travelogue with readable diversions into philosophy."
Do we come from the sea? Hoare's (The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, 2010, etc.) absorbing book may well lead you to think so. Read full book review >
THE REMEDY by Thomas Goetz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2014

"A beguiling real-life medical detective story."
The story of a pair of unlikely heroes who crossed paths in Berlin in 1890 and forever changed the landscapes of medicine and literature. Read full book review >

LADY IN THE DARK by Robert Sitton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Film students will enjoy this book; however, to learn criticism, they should read Barry's Let's Go to the Pictures (1926)."
Iris Barry (1895–1969) is one of the main reasons we can still see silent movies of Hollywood, Europe and Russia. Media and culture professor Sitton exhaustively traces Barry's career from aspiring poet to playwright, biographer and film critic. Read full book review >
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA by Mark Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A majestic overview with an engaging sense of the nuance of character. Thankfully, Perry doesn't become mired in familiar biographical detail."
In a study of quiet authority, Perry spotlights the presumptuous commanding general at the moment of his evolving maturity during the Pacific theater and apotheosis in the Philippines. Read full book review >
A FEW SECONDS OF RADIANT FILMSTRIP by Kevin Brockmeier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Often charming, occasionally moving, but mainly a book about not much that hasn't happened to pretty much everyone and which pretty much everyone has survived."
A portrait of the author as a seventh-grader who's a little more sensitive but otherwise not much different than most. Read full book review >
THE HUMOR CODE by Peter McGraw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A brave attempt to blend research, memoir and humor, but the result is not always smooth."
A freelance journalist and a professor hop around the globe cracking and waxing wise about humor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A quiet delight of a book."
A journalist's biography of the unassuming but gutsy 67-year-old Ohio grandmother who became the first person to walk all 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail three times. Read full book review >
THE CRUSADES OF CESAR CHAVEZ by Miriam Pawel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A warts-and-all biography of an important figure."
An exhaustive study of the life and work of iconic labor leader Cesar Chavez (1927–1993). Read full book review >
A FARM DIES ONCE A YEAR by Arlo Crawford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Most interesting to aspiring organic farmers."
A down-to-earth account of life on New Morning Farm, to which Crawford, the rather aimless son of the owners, returned for one season, searching for some direction in his own unsatisfactory life. Read full book review >