Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

HAS ANYONE SEEN MY PANTS? by Sarah Colonna
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A bitingly candid memoir with a happy ending."
A stand-up comedian with a successful career grapples with the problem of finding balance in her private life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A mostly entertaining story of an unconventional family and their shared trait of flouting convention across generations."
The story of renowned diplomat, composer, novelist and painter Lord Gerald Berners and his "cultivated, artistic milieu." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"An entertaining retelling of a forgotten story, written for political junkies who enjoy the naughty and the nice."
A journalist and the CEO of an education advisory company unite to tell the story of the famous first cousins who occupied very different positions on the continuum of political belief. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"Generally sympathetic to its subject and well-written but to be consulted only after William Kahrl's Water and Power (1982) and Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert (1986)."
Dutiful story of a man who, not having finished high school, "let alone set foot in an engineering class," designed a metropolitan water system that is still in use today. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A compassionate, insightful guide for military parents and the rest of us who are in their debt."
The mother of four serving military officers pays tribute to the parents of children in active service, especially mothers, America's "unsung heroes." Read full book review >

UNFORGETTABLE by Scott Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A charming tribute to a remarkable woman and the bond between mother and son."
As he sat at his dying mother's bedside in 2013, Simon (Baby We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption, 2010, etc.), the award-winning host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, tweeted messages to his 1.2 million followers, recording the last moments of his mother's exuberant life.Read full book review >
FOUR YEARS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF KURDISTAN by Aram Haigaz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 26, 2015

"A richly detailed testimony to a young man's courage in the face of unspeakable horror."
An account of tragic years in Armenian history. Read full book review >
ALL WHO GO DO NOT RETURN by Shulem Deen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"In this moving book, Deen lays bare his difficult, muddled wrestling with his faith, the challenges it posed to everything he thought he knew about himself, and the hard-won redemption he eventually found."
A former member of an extremely insular Hasidic sect tells his story of becoming curious about the outside world—and the consequences of that curiosity. Read full book review >
AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 YEARS by Albert Podell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"The book features occasionally salacious details, but there is never a dull moment."
The globe-trotting adventures of former magazine editor Podell (co-author: Who Needs a Road?: The Story of the Longest and Last Motor Journey Around the World, 1967).Read full book review >
THE PORCELAIN THIEF by Huan Hsu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"Some first-rate detective work sometimes obscured by excessively thick historical shrubbery."
A former journalist and current professor searches for the rare porcelain buried by his great-great-grandfather in 1938, when Japanese invaders approached his property in Xingang, China. Read full book review >
FIRE AND ICE by Jonathan Mingle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"If you weren't worried about climate change before, this is just the book to kindle your angst. A promising debut."
A searching, sobering, sometimes-scary look at an overlooked carrier of climate change. Read full book review >
ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Michael Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"The breadth of Hitchcock's career and personal life defies easy summation, but Wood's quickly paced, informative biography is a welcome primer for anyone interested in learning more about one of film's most important figures."
A brief portrait of cinema's most iconic silhouette, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >