Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

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 >

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY CRYING by Carol Leifer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"An amusing, amiable read. Leifer wants you to love what you do and learn to move on from failures and rejections—and please, always shower before a job interview."
Career and life lessons from the would-be president of the "old girls club." Read full book review >
ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS by John Gierach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Elegiac tribute to the elusive art and ineffable pleasure of fly-fishing, with plenty of information about how it's done by true practitioners."
Passionate angler Gierach (No Shortage of Good Days, 2012, etc.) once again trolls for like-minded readers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"With his philosophy shaped by the likes of Ayn Rand, no one will tag this author Democrat Lite."
Part memoir, part political manifesto, from a controversial conservative who sounds like he's preparing to run for public office. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A gripping biography of "a gentle rebel, a talkative hermit, an enthusiastic wanderer, a distant son of the Scottish Enlightenment, inspired by ice.""
A riveting biography of John Muir (1838-1914), America's foremost "naturalist, activist, and pacifist." Read full book review >
KETCHUP IS A VEGETABLE by Robin O'Bryant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

" A cheeky, amusing motherhood memoir."
An inside look at mothering three small children. Read full book review >
RESIDENT ON CALL by Scott A. Rivkees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Amusing medical stories as seen through the eyes of a new doctor."
Firsthand accounts of life as a newly graduated pediatric doctor. Read full book review >
NO SAINTS AROUND HERE by Susan Allen Toth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"An inward-looking account with an important take-home message: Caring for a dying loved one is a demanding task, and caregivers are only human."
A wife's frank memoir of her time as a caregiver during the last 18 months of her husband's life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A candid, straightforward account of one man and his rise from rags to riches."
The lifelong journey from shoeshine boy to construction mogul. Read full book review >
UNDER MAGNOLIA by Frances Mayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"One of those books you want to devour but realize it's more satisfying to savor for as long as possible."
A captivating memoir by Mayes (Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life, 2010, etc.) recalling life growing up in a small Southern town and how the region permeated her psyche. Read full book review >
NEW LIFE, NO INSTRUCTIONS by Gail Caldwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers will enjoy Caldwell's thoughtful, wide-eyed view of the world around her and her musings on how we get our bearings in midlife."
Making the most of a new lease on life. Read full book review >