Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE LAST UNICORN by William deBuys
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A riveting and disturbing account of the clash between the beauty of the wilderness and civilization's unrelenting demands on the natural world."
Dedicated conservationist deBuys (A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest, 2011 etc.) undertakes an arduous trek through the wilds of central Laos in a quest to help save one of the most elusive animals on the planet, the large grazing mammal known as a saola.Read full book review >
NO SIMPLE HIGHWAY by Peter Richardson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"Not quite as smartly conceived and written as Greil Marcus' Invisible Republic (1997), but a kindred book that helps locate an influential musical group in time and place."
Far-ranging look at the ultimate jam band in the acid-drenched context of their formative years. Read full book review >

B & ME by J.C. Hallman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"There are only occasional insights in this frenzied, unabashedly self-indulgent book."
Recounting a literary obsession. Read full book review >
MEET ME IN ATLANTIS by Mark Adams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"Fact or fiction, Atlantis, as the author ably demonstrates, still has the power to enthrall inquiring minds."
Fun, enthusiastic exploration of the fabled lost city of Atlantis and the fascinating group of diverse personalities who have dedicated their lives to proving its existence. Read full book review >
BETTYVILLE by George Hodgman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"Movingly honest, at times droll, and ultimately poignant."
A gay magazine editor and writer's account of how he returned home to the Midwest from New York to care for his aging mother. Read full book review >

AMERICAN GHOST by Hannah Nordhaus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A thoughtful and intriguing chronicle of familial investigation."
A journalist's account of how she went in search of the true story behind her great-great-grandmother's life and ghostly reappearances almost a century after her mysterious death. Read full book review >
I AM SORRY TO THINK I HAVE RAISED A TIMID SON by Kent Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"An ambitious but patchy debut, better in parts than as a whole."
Generational insecurity locks horns with machismo in this hybrid collection of personal journalism and first-person profiles. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"An emotion- and action-packed story of the author's tenacious, dogged pursuit of his goals."
The story of one man's ability to rise above his physical disability to achieve his dreams. Read full book review >
CHASING LOST TIME by Jean Findlay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"Findlay employs a vast family archive to bring this little-known writer to the fame he justly deserves, making readers want to turn back to Proust."
C.K. Scott Moncrieff (1889-1930) was a poet, war hero, spy and, above all, one of the world's greatest translators. Journalist Findlay reveals his natural, effortless writing talent in this story of her great-great uncle. Read full book review >
MARK ROTHKO by Annie Cohen-Solal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A sure hit for fans of art history, and readers looking to understand modern art and especially abstraction will find this wonderfully enlightening."
Cohen-Solal's (Leo and His Circle: A Life of Leo Castelli, 2010, etc.) study of Mark Rothko (1903-1970) is notable for her ability to link his strong Jewish ties to his changing, evolving art. Her access to newly available archives enables her comprehensive portrait of the man.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A lively tale of monarchical machinations, more familiar to American readers since The King's Speech."
A spirited historical lesson that traces how the fallout from the abdication crisis of Edward VIII in 1936 ultimately aided England in its finest hour. Read full book review >
THE BAREFOOT LAWYER by Chen Guangcheng
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"Richly layered and vibrant, Chen's stirring tale of bravery and perseverance in the face of oppression is a moving call to arms for the ideas of human dignity and the rule of law."
Secretive government agents pursue a blind dissident who scales the walls of his prison in the dead of night. No, it's not the next Hollywood thriller but rather the story of Chen's life. 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 >