History Book Reviews (page 3)

LIFE’S GREATEST SECRET by Matthew Cobb
HISTORY
Released: July 7, 2015

"The greatest milestone in 20th-century biology received an iconic account in Horace Freeland Judson's The Eighth Day of Creation (1979). Much has happened since that publication, and Cobb's gripping, insightful history, often from the mouths of the participants themselves, updates the story, bringing it all the way into the present."
Animal breeders have always known that "like breeds like," but no one, Charles Darwin included, knew why offspring resemble parents except, sometimes, when they don't. Cobb (Zoology/Univ. of Manchester; Eleven Days in August: The Liberation of Paris 1944, 2014, etc.) describes how they learned.Read full book review >
THE JEWISH OLYMPICS by Ron Kaplan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 7, 2015

"A useful guide to a significant sporting event that was 'born out of exclusion and anti-Semitism.'"
The sports and features editor for the New Jersey Jewish News compiles a thorough history of a unique international sporting event. Read full book review >

MEANWHILE THERE ARE LETTERS by Suzanne Marrs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"An intimate, luminous portrait of a friendship."
Tender letters reveal interwoven literary lives. Read full book review >
A FULL LIFE by Jimmy Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"A memoir that reads like an epilogue to a life of accomplishment."
Notes at 90 from a former president at peace. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 7, 2015

"An intricate, mesmerizing portrayal of the KGB-CIA spy culture."
A thoroughly researched excavation of an astoundingly important (and sadly sacrificed) spy for the CIA during the low point of the 1970s. Read full book review >

THE PAWNBROKER'S DAUGHTER by Maxine Kumin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 2015

"Kumin and her husband experienced an idyllic life on their 200-acre horse farm in New Hampshire, 'living a wide-open lifestyle.' Happily, she shared that life with the rest of us through her writing."
A posthumous publication of five essays by former Poet Laureate Kumin (And Short the Seasons: Poems, 2014, etc.), who died in 2014.Read full book review >
AN UNLIKELY UNION by Paul Moses
HISTORY
Released: July 3, 2015

"A brisk, well-researched look at a significant part of New York's boisterous past."
How two ethnic groups made peace. Read full book review >
THE MEANING OF THE LIBRARY by Alice Crawford
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 2015

"A rich, informative, and engaging collection."
The invention and reinvention of libraries. Read full book review >
DAISY TURNER'S KIN by Jane C. Beck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A well-excavated biography of a 'custodian of a multigenerational American family saga.'"
A deeply, patiently researched journey into the unusual English-African roots of a long-lived Grafton, Vermont, storyteller. Read full book review >
WHEN THE DIAMONDS WERE GONE by Julian Padowicz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A sad and curious memoir that will make others with unhappy childhoods know they're not alone."
Padowicz (A Scandal in Venice, 2013, etc.) adds the memoir of his years as a refugee in the United States to his earlier works about his and his mother's escape from Poland during World War II.Read full book review >
BORN TO BE WILD by Randy D. McBee
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 2015

"A dynamite subject whose explosions are somewhat muted by the generally dispassionate tenor of the text."
A thorough, academic cultural history of the motorcycle and its riders since the second world war. Read full book review >
THE TANK MAN'S SON by Mark Bouman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Never preachy or self-pitying, just an honest story well written and well told."
A touching memoir of a truly miserable childhood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >