Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

KILL THE SILENCE by Monika Kørra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An intimate and honest memoir of survival after trauma."
A former Southern Methodist University track star's account of how she survived a brutal rape that changed her life. Read full book review >
HIGH HOLIDAY PORN by Eytan Bayme
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Fails to add anything transcendent to the canon of sexual-coming-of-age memoirs."
A real-life Alex Portnoy tells of a childhood penchant for masturbating in public. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A vastly intelligent, comprehensively procured treat for film buffs, gay or otherwise."
Articulate career analyses of five multitalented, openly gay male film directors. Read full book review >
THE LAST LOVE SONG by Tracy Daugherty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A dogged biographer elicits from Didion's life much more than tidy observations of 'morality and culture.'"
An eloquent work on the life of Joan Didion (b. 1934), fashioning her story as no less than the rupture of the American narrative. Read full book review >
KISSINGER'S SHADOW by Greg Grandin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A trenchant and succinct depiction of the ongoing artful dodging of the nonagenarian statesman."
A focused examination of Henry Kissinger's foreign policy as the normalization of "secrecy and spectacle," from Southeast Asia to Chile to Iran to Iraq. Read full book review >

LATEST READINGS by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"'If I ever had a plaque,' James confesses, 'I would like it to say: He loved the written word, and told the young.' Until the plaque is cast, this slim book will suffice."
A book lover's musings. Read full book review >
NO HOUSE TO CALL MY HOME by Ryan Berg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Particularly important for caseworkers and social service specialists, who, by Berg's account, are likely to encounter more young people in the LGBTQ population in the near future."
Just as there is a school-to-prison pipeline in this country, so too, this grim report reveals, is there a home-to-homeless paradigm for many young people. Read full book review >
THE FACE THAT CHANGED IT ALL by Beverly Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Johnson remains a fashion pioneer, but her storytelling lacks the wit or polish necessary to make the book a success."
A memoir from the model whom fashion designer Halston once called "the new beauty ‘It Girl.' " Read full book review >
THE SENATOR NEXT DOOR by Amy Klobuchar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A flawed but deeply personal recounting of one woman's rise through the political ranks."
A comprehensive autobiography by the first female U.S. senator from Minnesota. Read full book review >
HAYDÉE SANTAMARÍA, CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY by Margaret Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2015

"Pure praise for Santamaría and Cuba. Those seeking a history of Cuba should look elsewhere, since Randall provides a glimpse of the Cuban point of view under which the only difficulties were caused by those nasty bullies in the United States."
Prolific writer and translator Randall (About Little Charlie Lindbergh and Other Poems, 2014, etc.) touches on history only as background for her brief but admiring portrait of a woman involved in Cuba's revolution from the very beginning. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An illuminating voyage into the heart of Frost's poem and the American spirit."
Unraveling the mystery of a famous poem. Read full book review >
THE GRATITUDE DIARIES by Janice Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Simple, effective procedures that can be easily incorporated into even the busiest lifestyle."
How a year of being thankful led to big changes in a woman's life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >