Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Los Desengaños by Angela Sanchez Tischler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"An affecting, informative amalgam of personal and national history."
A memoir that situates personal remembrance within the tumult of the Cuban revolution. Read full book review >
It's Part of Who I Am by Kay Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A short, intellectually lively spiritual biography."
A woman examines her mother's 45-year hunt for religious truth. Read full book review >

ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ackroyd writes of his enigmatic subject, 'he did not want anyone to come too close.' Alas, readers of this book will not get as close to that subject as they might like."
A celebrated biographer adds to the tall pile of biographies about cinema's master of suspense. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Perceptive insights about the mysterious heart of a legendary movie and its maker."
A prismatic look at the esteemed filmmaker's life. Read full book review >
I'LL TELL YOU IN PERSON by Chloe Caldwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A transitional work that suggests Caldwell has even better books to come."
A major progression finds an essayist outgrowing her self-indulgence. Read full book review >

YOU WILL NOT HAVE MY HATE by Antoine Leiris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Courageous and inspirational, without a wasted word."
A book that no one would ever want to write proves powerfully, painfully difficult to read. Read full book review >
THE NINE OF US by Jean Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"As the family photos illustrating this memoir attest, for Smith, all was sunshine, smiles, and elegance."
Fond memories from the last surviving child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Read full book review >
SPIES IN PALESTINE by James Srodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Srodes establishes Sarah's bravery, but she remains a mysterious presence, overshadowed by her brother."
A brief history of Jewish spies aiding the British in Palestine. Read full book review >
KAFKA by Reiner Stach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The inaugural book, on the remarkable half-decade that produced The Metamorphosis, The Trial, and 'In the Penal Colony,' is still the best, but this slightly overstuffed volume completes an indispensable work about a key figure in 20th-century modernism."
The final installment in German scholar Stach's magisterial three-part biography (Kafka: The Years of Insight, 2013, etc.), covering, in appropriately Kafkaesque nonsequential fashion, the writer's childhood and youth. Read full book review >
THE PIGEON TUNNEL by John le Carré
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A satisfying recollection of a literary life well-lived."
An esteemed novelist offers alternately wry and haunted ruminations on a life of literature and intrigue. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2015

"A prescient memoir about one woman's emotional triumph over war and religious persecution."
Debut author Softic shares her family's moving ordeal in war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina in a meditation on the sustaining power of faith. Read full book review >
Who Am I? by Megan Cyrulewski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2014

"While providing some insights into mental illness and abuse, this work becomes too mired in the maneuvers of a father to engage a broad readership."
A debut memoir offers a straightforward account of an emotionally abusive marriage. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >