Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE MAN WHO MADE THINGS OUT OF TREES by Robert Penn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 2016

"An appreciative, environmentally sound reminder of how trees benefit and cultivate life on Earth."
A lifelong nature lover explores the versatility of the ash tree. Read full book review >
THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING by Plum Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2016

"A warmly candid memoir of navigating family, aging, and death."
A Canadian writer's debut memoir about how she learned to cope with the houseful of mementos and memories her parents left after their deaths. Read full book review >

FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY by Sam Polk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2016

"A heartfelt and cautionary success story incorporating both the deceptive promises of wealth and the life-changing power of self-awareness."
A former Wall Street hedge fund trader's transformative turnabout from greed to philanthropy. Read full book review >
THE FERMENTED MAN by Derek Dellinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2016

"The author hopes his intriguing experiments will open eyes and palates to the culinary and health benefits of fermented foods."
A quest to live for a year on "100 percent…fermented meals and fermented drinks." Read full book review >
A Mother's Story: Angie Doesn't Live Here Anymore by Maggie C. Romero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2016

"An often poignant recollection that details the demon of addictive behavior."
A retired English teacher's debut memoir of addiction and codependence. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2016

"Well-intended but best read by 60-something fans of Boston ball."
Hit the quarterback. Hit the mook. This tale of crime and penalty focuses on a local antihero who did plenty of both. Read full book review >
SIXTY DEGREES NORTH by Malachy Tallack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2016

"An enthralling meditation on place."
A longing for home sends the author around the world. Read full book review >
The Bucket List Chronicle by Dr. U
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2016

"A charming and amusing account of one man's fresh experiences."
A debut memoir documents a year of new adventures. Read full book review >
NOT PRETTY ENOUGH by Gerri Hirshey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"Unlike numerous other biographers, Hirshey never falls into the trap of reductionism. Although Brown sometimes presents contradictions that cannot be easily resolved, the author portrays the complexities with skill."
Journalist Hirshey (We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The True, Tough Story of Women in Rock, 2001, etc.) presents a deeply researched biography of daring author and hugely influential magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown (1922-2012). Read full book review >
THE JAGUAR MAN by Lara Naughton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A painful, provocative, and poetically cathartic memoir of survival."
A writer and teacher chronicles her terrifying experience with kidnapping and rape and how she survived the ensuing trauma. Read full book review >
THE REAL PETER PAN by Piers Dudgeon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A simultaneously interesting and depressing story of arrested development, as sometimes occurs with those who write of children's heroes."
With his broad knowledge of J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and his contemporaries, Dudgeon (Maeve Binchy: The Biography, 2014, etc.) tells the disturbing story of his odd relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Read full book review >
WALKING WITH PLATO by Gary Hayden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"Enthusiastic but lackluster travel writing."
An English journalist's account of his three-month summer walking tour of Great Britain. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >