Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Dear Daughter by Bernie Donnelly
Released: March 2, 2016

"An account of a compelling man whose life story merits a longer, more in-depth telling."
This debut work of "creative nonfiction" relates an Irish entrepreneur's tumultuous professional and personal life. Read full book review >
Corporate Prisoner by J. Paul Kingston
Released: Feb. 11, 2016

"Dramatic testimony and useful guidance about the art and anguish of career management."
A former bank vice president shares his corporate travails, his transition to self-employment, and general business advice in this debut memoir and self-help guide. Read full book review >

Queer Rock Love by Paige Schilt
Released: Aug. 13, 2015

"A well-balanced, soul-searching family memoir with broad appeal."
In this LGBTQ memoir, a teacher and activist relates the changes, challenges, and joys of her marriage to a trans-identified psychotherapist/rock 'n' roller. Read full book review >
The Unknown Vietnam Veteran by Donald Luther Krimes
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Devotion, narcotics smuggling, and traveling amid the war-torn Southeast Asia of the 1960s and '70s dispassionately recounted."
Debut author Krimes describes how a tour of duty in Vietnam brought him both love and a side career making runs to Indochina for shipments of handcrafts—and heroin. Read full book review >
Nigeria Revisited by Catherine Onyemelukwe
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"An accomplished story of life overseas by a woman of the world."
An American woman tells the story of living, loving, working, and raising children in Africa for more than 20 years in this memoir. Read full book review >

CULTURE CLASH by Benjamin Long
Released: Dec. 3, 2015

"An excessively long but edifying meditation on the power of culture."
A debut memoir of a life painfully, but successfully, devoted to cultural assimilation. Read full book review >
Born To Serve by Dennis R. Fox
Released: Dec. 10, 2015

"A sluggish book that presents a choir director's history, career, and faith."
A debut memoir in poems, prose, and songs shows how Christianity helped one man navigate life. Read full book review >
I Lost My Child To Cancer by Shelly Dubois
Released: Feb. 18, 2016

"A painful, uplifting, and beautiful meditation on loss and recovery."
A mother discusses the loss of her daughter to cancer and her own emotional healing in the aftermath. Read full book review >
The Olive Picker by Kathryn Brettell
Released: May 2, 2015

"A refreshing autobiography from a spirited woman."
A woman searches for happiness despite lifelong, life-threatening abuse in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 2016

"A personal and imaginative yet overlong perspective on German history."
The inhabitants of a summer house reveal Germany's political, economic, and social history. Read full book review >
EYE OF THE SIXTIES by Judith E. Stein
Released: July 12, 2016

"A shadowy figure of the 1960s art world is gloriously revealed."
An in-depth biography of influential art gallery dealer Richard Bellamy (1927-1998). Read full book review >
Audubon by Peter B. Logan
Released: April 26, 2016

"A slow but informative read that is likely to appeal to history and art buffs."
A weighty, prodigiously researched biography of John James Audubon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >