Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE PAWNBROKER'S DAUGHTER by Maxine Kumin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 2015

"Kumin and her husband experienced an idyllic life on their 200-acre horse farm in New Hampshire, 'living a wide-open lifestyle.' Happily, she shared that life with the rest of us through her writing."
A posthumous publication of five essays by former Poet Laureate Kumin (And Short the Seasons: Poems, 2014, etc.), who died in 2014.Read full book review >
WONDERING WHO YOU ARE by Sonya Lea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2015

"A forthright memoir that narrates an engrossing journey of self-discovery and fierce devotion."
A wife's tale of loss and recovery. Read full book review >

LEAVE THE DOGS AT HOME by Claire S. Arbogast
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2015

"An average memoir that's not really a guide to grief; it's for anyone searching for what will make him or her happy—and more importantly, what will not."
A debut memoir about death, grief, rebirth, and gardening. Read full book review >
The Private Life of General Omar N. Bradley by Jeffrey D. Lavoie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A rigorous yet accessible look at a misunderstood American hero."
This biography of Gen. Omar N. Bradley, one of Patton's contemporaries, explores his personal life more thoroughly than any attempted before. Read full book review >
I, MIGRANT by Sami Shah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Humor at its most vigorous and unsparing."
A Pakistani-born comic's account of how he sought salvation in stand-up comedy and then found a new home in Australia. Read full book review >

DAISY TURNER'S KIN by Jane C. Beck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A well-excavated biography of a 'custodian of a multigenerational American family saga.'"
A deeply, patiently researched journey into the unusual English-African roots of a long-lived Grafton, Vermont, storyteller. Read full book review >
WHEN THE DIAMONDS WERE GONE by Julian Padowicz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A sad and curious memoir that will make others with unhappy childhoods know they're not alone."
Padowicz (A Scandal in Venice, 2013, etc.) adds the memoir of his years as a refugee in the United States to his earlier works about his and his mother's escape from Poland during World War II.Read full book review >
THE TANK MAN'S SON by Mark Bouman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Never preachy or self-pitying, just an honest story well written and well told."
A touching memoir of a truly miserable childhood. Read full book review >
ONE RIGHTEOUS MAN by Arthur Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"An occasionally rambling but especially timely book, given recent tragedies involving certain police forces across the country."
A veteran New York City journalist relates the dramatic saga of the first uniformed African-American police officer. Read full book review >
TERRORISTS AT THE TABLE by Jonathan Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"Powell's urgent, reasoned, and impassioned argument for negotiation has the potential to contribute significantly to public debate."
A road map for the fraught, fragile road to possible peace with terrorist organizations. Read full book review >
HOW DID I GET HERE? by Jesse Browner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"A searching, occasionally profound collection/memoir."
A United Nations staffer and novelist meditates on the question of "how…the life we live relate[s] to lives we might have lived or ought to have lived." Read full book review >
CABIN FEVER by Mandy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"The literary equivalent of a wet-T-shirt contest, despite the bittersweet ending."
A former Virgin Airlines flight attendant's steamy recollections of international binge drinking, obsessive shopping, and a host of affairs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >