Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE WORLD IS ELSEWHERE by Chris McIvor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"While the memoir could use more literary flair, McIvor's unique perspective as a cleareyed aid worker has value."
In the last of what he describes as a trilogy of memoirs, McIvor (In the Old Chief's Country: My Life in Zimbabwe and Other Places, 2012, etc.) documents six years of his life in several countries where he has worked for Save the Children. Read full book review >
WHISTLEBLOWER AT THE CIA by Melvin A. Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"The causes of Goodman's vitriol are indeed worrisome, but his countless repetitions grow wearisome."
A former CIA analyst (1966-1990) deplores what he argues is the increasing deleterious politicization of the agency. Read full book review >

TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU DON'T REMEMBER by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fascinating exploration of personal identity from a writer whose body is, thankfully, 'no longer at war.'"
The stroke that hit Lee at age 33 left no visible signs of trauma, but it still changed her life forever. Read full book review >
IDENTITY UNKNOWN by Donna Seaman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Seaman's frequent thesaurus-leaning renders her portraits overpainted, but despite its awkward turns, this is a decidedly important and long-overdue showcase (two 16-page color inserts)."
Vital portraits of forgotten women artists that aim to celebrate their lives and work and to establish their permanent standing within the canon of contemporary art. Read full book review >
THE TEMPORARY BRIDE by Jennifer Klinec
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An unexpectedly moving memoir."
A Canadian-born entrepreneur recounts how she went to Iran in search of culinary adventure and fell in love. Read full book review >

MAY CAUSE LOVE by Kassi Underwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A poignant memoir about the years of healing that are often required after having an abortion."
How one woman overcame the traumatic experience of abortion. Read full book review >
MOUNTAIN LINES by Jonathan Arlan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Perhaps the best reader for this book is someone who wants to hike that same trail and is willing to risk being talked out of it."
A writer, editor, and "inveterate walker" chronicles his monthlong hike in the Alps. Read full book review >
BAD SINGER by Tim Falconer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A spirited, even adventurous look at the mysteries of how the human brain perceives and processes sound—and even, on occasion, manages to make beautiful music."
"I'm a bad singer. And deep down, it matters." Falling down a rabbit hole in B-minor, Canadian science writer Falconer (Magazine Journalism/Ryerson Univ.; That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and the End-of-Life Care, 2009, etc.) explores all that bad singing entails. Read full book review >
HOW MAY I HELP YOU? by Deepak Singh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An interesting look at a puzzling society—ours—from the point of view of a sympathetic but not uncritical outsider. Good reading for students of comparative cultures."
An immigrant's thoughtful account of what it means to make a new life in a strange land, in this case the South. Read full book review >
INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A unique and exuberant celebration of life and love."
A photographer and distinguished nonfiction writer's account about starting over at midlife in New York City and falling in love with famed neurologist Oliver Sacks. Read full book review >
WHAT LANGUAGE DO I DREAM IN? by Elena Lappin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A thoughtful, unique meditation on exile and homecoming."
A Moscow-born, London-based writer and editor's memoir about the impact her peripatetic, multilingual background had on her development. Read full book review >
STUDIO GRACE by Eric Siblin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Engaging look at the seductions of late-in-life creativity and a cleareyed account of the strange state of today's music industry."
Affectionate memoir of a second-career songwriter finally making a record, alongside a cast of music-scene lifers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >