Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

MY FATHER AND ATTICUS FINCH by Joseph Madison Beck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A poignant and warmly engaging memoir."
A distinguished Atlanta attorney remembers his lawyer father, who defended a black man against charges that he raped a white woman in pre-civil rights era Alabama. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"From interviews and archival documents, Lascher creates a seamless narrative of daring and dedication."
Two journalists caught in war and love. Read full book review >

BUKOWSKI IN A SUNDRESS by Kim Addonizio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"An unrelenting, authentic, literary midnight confession."
A sometimes-scandalous poet opens up about herself and her business. Read full book review >
WILL & I by Clay Byars
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A stark, honest book that reads like a writer's apprenticeship amid harrowing circumstances."
A tragic accident gives birth to a writer. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME by Tavis Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"This compact biography should please Jackson's fans even if it doesn't break new ground in exploring the singer's life."
TV and radio host Smiley (My Journey with Maya, 2015, etc.) and his frequent writing collaborator Ritz tell the story of the 16 weeks preceding the death of singer Michael Jackson (1958-2009). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-made, evenhanded, sometimes cautionary story of business, told with the affection and exasperation of an insider."
Everyone's a wiener in this frank account by a scion of hot dog nobility. Read full book review >
BEING A BEAST by Charles Foster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A splendid, vivid contribution to the literature of nature."
In which an English author, tired of the high street, takes to the fens and burrows to learn how animals live. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"Those who can't get enough of the details of Jackson's death might relish this account, but those who prefer to appreciate his music should look elsewhere."
A tabloid-style exploration of the death of Michael Jackson (1958-2009), particularly the role the singer's personal physician may have played in his demise. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S FIRST FOLIO by Emma Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2016

"Perfect for the Folger Shakespeare Library's 2016 'First Folio!' tour celebrating the book's 400th anniversary."
A biography of the most valuable English-language book in the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Readers who enjoy English history will be happy to have this in their libraries."
A series of biographies of the women connected to Cliveden, the house made famous in the Profumo affair. Read full book review >
TRISTIMANIA by Jay Griffiths
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Fortunately for everyone who has been affected by bipolar disorder, Griffiths—and her notebooks—survived the journey."
A visceral account of the turmoil experienced within a manic-depressive breakdown. Read full book review >
LIVING WITH A DEAD LANGUAGE by Ann Patty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A mostly lively portrait of a woman's language-inspired metamorphosis."
How Latin, "an undead language," has enlivened the author's life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >