Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

THE LAST PIRATE by Tony Dokoupil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"While the author does show how the drug culture has grown up and settled down, his father's story and his own outshine the large-picture history and bring it up-close and personal, with humor, sensitivity and a keen eye for the surprising detail."
Looking to cast light on a lost age of outlaw heroics, NBC News senior writer Dokoupil digs into the adventures of a major drug smuggler of the 1970s and '80s: his father. Read full book review >
SHOOTING STARS by Jennifer Buhl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Perhaps entertaining to the celebrity-obsessed, who will learn that, unlike what the tabloids would have them believe, stars are not "just like us.""
The curious story of an unlikely celebrity chaser. Read full book review >

LIFE, ANIMATED by Ron Suskind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A master journalistic storyteller tells his family's own story."
A deeply felt, movingly written account of raising an autistic son. Read full book review >
JOHN WAYNE by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Insightful, exhaustive and engrossing—a definitive portrait of the man and the legend."
A comprehensive and compelling examination of The Duke. Read full book review >
NOT FOR EVERYDAY USE by Elizabeth Nunez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"An intriguing, sometimes-rambling yet courageous memoir."
Her mother's death prompts a writer to examine her relationship with her family. Read full book review >

MY GENTLE BARN by Ellie Laks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Descriptive and sensitive stories of one woman and the animals she rescued from abuse and death."
How one woman's childhood dream to save animals came true. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Haunting, doggedly researched but ultimately anticlimactic. The lack of decisive closure to the case tinges the outcome with bitterness."
An elusive Nazi doctor who escaped justice receives a thorough scouring by two journalists. Read full book review >
SOUS CHEF by Michael Gibney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Sumptuously entertaining fare."
An experienced sous chef and first-time author skillfully deconstructs a 24-hour work cycle of a sous chef in a New York kitchen. Read full book review >
THEY CALLED ME GOD by Doug Harvey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"A soufflé of anecdote, revenge served cold and self-promotion."
A Hall of Fame umpire calls the game of his own life, concluding, "By God, I loved every minute of it." Read full book review >
THE UNLIKELY SETTLER by Lipika Pelham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"A touching personal delineation of divided loyalties and riven hearts."
Bittersweet memoir of a multicultural marriage riding the perilous shoals of Jerusalem's ethnic split. Read full book review >
KNOW THE NIGHT by Maria Mutch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Mutch's story is absorbing and creatively rendered, but the central mystery remains."
An unhappy yet hopeful story of "a sleepless parent [and] a wordless child." Read full book review >
HOW ABOUT NEVER—IS NEVER GOOD FOR YOU? by Bob Mankoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Those who aspire to a career drawing for the New Yorker will find this essential reading—or just give up."
Part glib memoir and part cartoon anthology from the cartoon editor for the New Yorker. Read full book review >