Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

THE MASTER OF CONFESSIONS by Thierry Cruvellier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Cruvellier is an extremely articulate and compassionate observer to a country and its people plunged through the rings of hell."
With chilling clarity, a veteran international journalist delineates the totalitarian ideology and horrific crimes of the leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. Read full book review >
MY USUAL TABLE by Colman Andrews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

""My problem, of course, was that I was a decade or so ahead of the times." That's not the only one."
A stroll down Memory Lane, with stops at the eateries that have shaped him, from food writer Andrews (The Taste of America, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

LIFE IS A WHEEL by Bruce Weber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Ultimately, Weber sees solo cycling as a metaphor for the solitary experience of being alive. He wonders if every crucible of middle age is about defying impermanence and death. If true, Weber does it with brio."
In 2011, at the age of 57, New York Times reporter Weber (As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires, 2009, etc.) embarked on his second cross-country bicycle trip, an adventure as much transcendental as transcontinental. Read full book review >
SPENT by Antonia Crane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"A raw, searing self-portrait."
Revelatory, unapologetic life story of a San Francisco stripper and sex worker. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"A searching, discomfiting journey yields an elegant, memorable report."
A bare-knuckle, adventure-filled journey in search of the answer to a half-century-old cold case: Whatever happened to Nelson Rockefeller's son, Michael? Read full book review >

HAUNTED EMPIRE by Yukari Iwatani Kane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Much of this book is an extended footnote to Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, which, though not without problems, is the first work to consult when thinking of things Apple."
Can Apple, though socking away billions in sales of iPhones and iPads, be the disruptor and industry leader of old? Without the radical sensibilities of Steve Jobs, it seems unlikely. Read full book review >
THE HARD WAY ON PURPOSE by David Giffels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"These seasoned dispatches convey an important narrative of regional marginalization; Giffels' work deserves to avoid that fate."
Appealing, original fusion of personal essay collection and Rust Belt post-mortem. Read full book review >
PLEASE BE WITH ME by Galadrielle Allman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"This is more of a love letter than "Daddy Dearest" but also more about a flawed human being than about a band that has persevered for decades after its founder's death."
The author tries to connect with the famous father she never knew in an account that is most illuminating when she's telling her story and that of her mother. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Will appeal to parents whose idea of comedy hews closer to Arrested Development than Leave It to Beaver—but do you want parenting advice from the Bluth family?"
A parent's-eye view of recent scientific research into "the job you can never quit," with a lot of winking. Read full book review >
BOX GIRL by Lilibet Snellings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Occasionally funny and interesting, this one-note memoir eventually wears thin."
Debut memoir about the author's stint working at West Hollywood's Standard Hotel, where she was paid to spend a few hours in an enclosed glass box behind the front desk. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PAUL DE MAN by Evelyn Barish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2014

"An extraordinary story of a complex personality presented with a wise dose of irony and respect."
A riveting biography of master confidence man Paul de Man (1919-1983), manipulator of the facts and influential literary instructor—a character both preposterous and irresistible. Read full book review >
REVERTIGO by Floyd Skloot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2014

"At the age of 66, the author finds connections among these pieces that are stronger than those readers might discover."
A wide-ranging collection of literary essays in the guise of a memoir. Read full book review >