Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

YITZHAK RABIN by Itamar Rabinovich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2017

"Ideologues may well find reason to argue with the biography's analysis of its subject's life and death, but it puts the complexities of his career and achievement in fresh perspective."
A political biography of a pragmatic centrist who paid with his life when the center could not hold. Read full book review >
WALKING TO LISTEN by Andrew Forsthoefel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Millennial ennui turns into a search for meaning in an intriguing portrait of America."
A college graduate's 11-month walking tour of America. Read full book review >

DADLAND by Keggie Carew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tender evocation of an extraordinary life."
As Thomas Carew lost his memory to dementia, his daughter embarked on a search to find a man she hardly knew. Read full book review >
THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS by Michael Finkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A thoughtful, honest, and poignant portrait."
A journalist's account of a Massachusetts man who went deep into the Maine woods to live a life of solitude and self-sufficiency. Read full book review >
DUCK SEASON by David McAninch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Warm recollections to please fellow Francophiles."
A debut memoir about eight months of French culinary delights. Read full book review >

ISABELLA OF CASTILE by Giles Tremlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A combination of a solid biography of an extraordinary monarch and a concise history of turbulent 15th-century Spain."
Engaging new appraisal of Europe's first female monarch and her long, consequential reign. Read full book review >
AGENT 110 by Scott Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Entertaining for both its historical insights into WWII and its dramatic narrative."
A doozy of a dossier on Allen Dulles and his early days spying during World War II. Read full book review >
INFERNO by Steven Hatch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Despite occasional long-windedness, Hatch's analysis is intelligent, nuanced, and tempered, a necessary departure from the panicked response of most American media outlets."
An American doctor describes his experiences in Liberia during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A gripping chronicle by a daring pilot with an indomitable spirit."
A memoir from an Air National Guard pilot who was shot down on a search-and-rescue mission during her third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An entertaining story of the irresistible cult of a creepy car."
The shadowy provenance of a wartime German limousine and the dizzying succession of owners over decades afterward. Read full book review >
THE UNMADE BED by Stephen Marche
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Satisfying food for thought on the ever changing dynamics of men and women as they interact and go about their individual lives."
Examination of the new roles women and men are playing in the home and the workplace. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF ILLUSION by Joan Juliet Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An overlong but relentlessly candid and often absorbing account of a complex life spent in and out of the fashion spotlight."
The essayist, critic, novelist, and former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue reflects on the triumphs and excesses of her fashionable past. 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 >