Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

SO, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN NATIVE? by Alexis C. Bunten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2015

"This 'Tour Guide Confidential' just doesn't have quite the same zest as other memoirs of this nature."
A memoir about working as a cultural tour guide in rural Alaska. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL CHAOS by Carey Perloff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2015

"A book for those who already agree with or will warm to the author's high-minded, often elitist stance."
A memoir and artistic manifesto regarding the author's love of highbrow, "meaningful" classical theater. Read full book review >

A BRIEF STOP ON THE ROAD FROM AUSCHWITZ by Göran Rosenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A deeply felt story and a sobering reminder of the long shadows of the Holocaust."
A searing survivor's tale told by a son. Read full book review >
DISCONTENT AND ITS CIVILIZATIONS by Mohsin Hamid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Passion and hope infuse Hamid's most incisive dispatches."
An acclaimed novelist reports on peril, war and peace. Read full book review >
ELEANOR MARX by Rachel Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A full-fleshed, thrilling portrait, troubling and full of family secrets."
The extraordinary life of Karl Marx's feisty feminist youngest daughter told with passionate sympathy and conviction. Read full book review >

IRRITABLE HEARTS by Mac McClelland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"McClelland's candor and empathy are admirable, but this would have benefited from more editorial shaping."
Sprawling memoir of an adventurous journalist's experiences with PTSD. Read full book review >
GIRL IN A BAND by Kim Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Written with the same cool passion she brings to her lyrics, Gordon delivers a generous look at life inside the punk whirlwind."
The blonde enigma from the band that spoke softly and carried a big noise tells her story, from art-chick beginnings to success to marital and musical catastrophe. Read full book review >
I LEFT IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by Kevin Sessums
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The author's journey is not without its wisdom but too often relies on anecdotes and cameos to keep it afloat."
Longtime doyen of celebrity media, Sessums (Mississippi Sissy, 2007) reflects on how his wild years of partying while working as a journalist left him spiritually vacant. Read full book review >
MOURNING LINCOLN by Martha Hodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A layered, nuanced work demonstrating the mingling of 'the cataclysmic with the routine.'"
Universal responses to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln—black and white, North and South, incredulous, gleeful or vengeful—make for grim yet engrossing reading. Read full book review >
GOING INTO THE CITY by Robert Christgau
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Christgau indicates from the start that he is 'hardly self-effacing in print,' but anyone who borrows his subtitle from James Joyce would never be accused of false humility."
A veteran rock critic takes readers deeper into the recesses of his thought processes than many might wish to venture. Read full book review >
CREATURES OF A DAY by Irvin D. Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A humane, highly knowledgeable glimpse of the therapist's couch."
The doctor is in, and he's ready to listen—and allow us the chance to eavesdrop as he does. Read full book review >
IN WALT WE TRUST by John Marsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2015

"Marsh confesses his love for the legendary poet, and by the end of this insightful homage, readers are likely to feel the same."
Marsh (English/Pennsylvania State Univ.; Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry, 2011, etc.) shares his affection for Walt Whitman in this gentle, thoughtful consideration of the poet's relevance to 21st-century America.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >