Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A deeply informed investigation of a poet's suffering and creative triumph."
A renowned psychologist connects bipolar disorder to creativity. Read full book review >
FAST-FOOD KIDS by Amy L. Best
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The book may be useful for sociology teachers and students, but general readers and policymakers will find this tough to digest."
A cultural analysis of what kids eat and why. Read full book review >

CRAVINGS by Judy Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A compelling read for fans of Collins and/or those confronting their own addictive behavior."
The famed recording artist recalls her past struggles with overeating and alcoholism. Read full book review >
THE HOME THAT WAS OUR COUNTRY by Alia Malek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Provocative, richly detailed reading."
A Syrian-American journalist/civil rights lawyer interweaves narratives about her family with the history of modern Syria. Read full book review >
ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A lyrically visceral memoir of love and loss."
An award-winning nonfiction writer explores the personal roots of a powerful and destructive love/hate relationship she shared with a married lesbian. Read full book review >

PONTIUS PILATE by Aldo Schiavone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A levelheaded, engaging reading of the Gospels and historical account that forms a solid sense of this pivotal personage and his role on the epic stage."
A literary study of the Roman governor of Judaea who condemned the prophet Jesus—reluctantly—to death. Read full book review >
DODGE CITY by Tom Clavin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"There's some rehashing of the old but much that is new, making this a must-have for buffs—nothing world-changing but a nicely spun Wild West yarn to satisfy even the most ardent consumer of oaters."
Of cowpokes, desperadoes, and the law in a Western town in which it wasn't always easy to tell which was which. Read full book review >
HONOR YOUR JOURNEY by Shirley J. Gilbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"An impassioned, if at times unfocused, plea for making the world a better place by identifying and addressing the impediments to good mental health."
Part workbook, part memoir, this self-help guide offers a plan for getting beyond trauma-induced pain to enjoy a better quality of life. Read full book review >
WHY I AM NOT A FEMINIST by Jessa Crispin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Forget busting glass ceilings. Crispin has taken a wrecking ball to the whole structure."
A taut and spirited attack on contemporary mainstream feminism. Read full book review >
DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE by Yiyun Li
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A potent journey of depression that effectively testifies to unbearable pain and the consolation of literature."
A Chinese-American fiction writer offers an intimate memoir of "darkest despair." Read full book review >
FLÂNEUSE by Lauren Elkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Enlightening walks through cities, cultural history, and a writer's heart and soul."
An American freelance essayist and translator living in Paris debuts with an appealing blend of memoir, scholarship, and cultural criticism. Read full book review >
THE INKBLOTS by Damion Searls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Searls shows persuasively how the creation and reinvention of inkblots has reflected psychologists' scientific and cultural perspectives."
A history of 20th-century psychology focused on the life, work, and legacy of the inventor of the inkblot test. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >