Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Whether you call this a personal story or nature writing, it's poignant, thoughtful and moving—and likely to become a classic in either genre."
An inspired, beautiful and absorbing account of a woman battling grief—with a goshawk. Read full book review >
ONGOINGNESS by Sarah Manguso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Read as either a meditative essay or a revealing confessional poem, this is a thoughtful, reflective look at one talented writer's creative evolution."
A chronic diarist discovers that there's a lot to be said for putting your pen down. Read full book review >

GIRL IN THE DARK by Anna Lyndsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A unique and haunting story."
A former British civil servant's debut memoir about learning to live with a rare light-sensitivity disorder that forces her to spend months living in complete darkness. Read full book review >
FOLLIES OF GOD by James Grissom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"There have been plenty of books written about Williams over the past three decades, but few weave so many voices into an original and compelling portrait. Grissom honors the life and achievement of his doomed correspondent."
One of America's greatest playwrights as seen by himself and his many muses. Read full book review >
CONFUCIUS by Michael Schuman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A plodding look at the many views of this enduring moralist."
A determined yet not exactly fresh look at this "hopelessly authoritarian, misogynistic, and conservative" sage, whose ideas have nonetheless endured and thrived in East Asia. Read full book review >

THE DISINHERITED by Robert Sackville-West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Sympathetic to the protagonists' plight, Sackville-West hones a well-crafted narrative of intrigue, betrayal and greed."
An aristocratic family's scandalous past. Read full book review >
ROOSEVELT AND STALIN by Susan Butler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A thorough account of the alliance between two very different leaders, although written with an extreme pro-Soviet tilt."
A comprehensive study of the wartime cooperation between the United States and the Soviet Union, as directed by Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. Read full book review >
LIFE FROM SCRATCH by Sasha Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Poignant, heartwarming and generously filled with delicious recipes."
An award-winning blogger and MFK Fisher scholar's account of how food not only came to define a difficult childhood, but also became the way she was able to heal her past. Read full book review >
JUST KIDS FROM THE BRONX by Arlene Alda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Entertaining and informative cherished memories from a diverse group from the Bronx."
Short essays connected by a common thread: a childhood spent in the Bronx. Read full book review >
THE HALF THAT'S NEVER BEEN TOLD by Doctor Dread
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A heartfelt tribute to Caribbean roots music and those who keep it alive."
The pied piper of reggae reveals some, but not all, about his wild ride through the Jamaican music business. Read full book review >
SHERMAN'S GHOSTS by Matthew Carr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Carr not only examines the campaigns and career of Sherman; he also attacks the mindsets and assumptions that have continued to allow America to rationalize its wars."
William Tecumseh Sherman's brutal March to the Sea was not the first military rampage against civilians—even in the United States—but it continues to attract attention and comments from military leaders. Read full book review >
THE FAULT LINE by Paolo Rumiz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"A richly detailed journey into Europe's dark past and vulnerable present."
An award-winning Italian journalist chronicles his travels along Europe's eastern frontier. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >