Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

WHEN THE SUN BURSTS by Christopher Bollas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A vastly informative, coherent, and valuable assessment; useful and accessible for both mental health professionals and laypeople—even those who don't share the author's unique perspectives and treatment alternatives."
A contemporary appraisal of schizophrenia and its puzzling traits and treatments through the lens of a physician's esteemed 40-year practice. Read full book review >
MY WIFE WANTS YOU TO KNOW I'M HAPPILY MARRIED by Joey Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A candid, subtly profound collection."
Franklin (English/Brigham Young Univ.) meditates on the nature of manhood by reflecting on his life as a married father of three boys. Read full book review >

QUEEN VICTORIA'S MYSTERIOUS DAUGHTER by Lucinda Hawksley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Hawksley conveys Louise's story fully and clearly, but just as importantly, she shows the devastating damage Queen Victoria inflicted on her extensive family."
Hawksley (March, Women, March: Voices of the Women's Movement from the First Feminist to Votes for Women, 2013, etc.) does a yeoman's service providing an illuminating biography of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Louise (1848-1939).Read full book review >
ALONE ON THE WALL by Alex Honnold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"An inspiringly intense memoir for readers of adventure lit."
A much-honored climber's exciting story of the death-defying feats that led to rock-climbing superstardom. Read full book review >
THATCHER'S TRIAL by Kwasi Kwarteng
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Readers on this side of the pond who are puzzled by the impassioned esteem and disdain in which Thatcher is held in Britain will find much of value in this short but illuminating study."
Britain's storied Iron Lady comes in for a largely positive but not uncritical reassessment from a Conservative Member of Parliament. Read full book review >

APPROACHING ALI by Davis Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"Hagiographic pieces that never quite coalesce into a book that matches the author's ambitions."
A journalist's obsession with his subject is renewed. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2015

"It would be criminal for lovers of historical nonfiction to miss this story of theft, sadness, and obsession."
Bahney (Longhairlovers: Healthy Hair Secrets Revealed, 2nd Ed., 2014, etc.) dissects the real-life theft of a spectacular jewel, and the life of an Austrian empress. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2013

"Succeeds as both individual homage and in enlarging appreciation for military sacrifice."
A tribute biography to an Air Force combat controller killed in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
Bringing Life by Joshua Atkinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"An often engaging, personal account of a complicated subject."
Atkinson's debut memoir recounts the hardships and rewards of working to develop war-torn Afghanistan. Read full book review >
Dear Prudence by Prudence Farrow Bruns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2015

"A moving, spiritual account of a search for meaning through meditation."
A woman depicted in one of the Beatles' most famous songs tells her story. Read full book review >
Touching the Hem of Heaven by Jay Desind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Compelling photos whose color, composition, and subjects invite lingering attention."
Text and photographs document the author's 2010 trip to Nepal, undertaken in hopes of escape and discovery. Read full book review >
American Sons by Christopher Boyce
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"A compelling, immersive memoir of crime, punishment, and the redemptive qualities of love and atonement."
A catharticmemoir retracing the lives of the real men behind The Falcon and the Snowman espionage chronicle and the 1985 movie it inspired. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >