Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

HAS ANYONE SEEN MY PANTS? by Sarah Colonna
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A bitingly candid memoir with a happy ending."
A stand-up comedian with a successful career grapples with the problem of finding balance in her private life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"An entertaining retelling of a forgotten story, written for political junkies who enjoy the naughty and the nice."
A journalist and the CEO of an education advisory company unite to tell the story of the famous first cousins who occupied very different positions on the continuum of political belief. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A mostly entertaining story of an unconventional family and their shared trait of flouting convention across generations."
The story of renowned diplomat, composer, novelist and painter Lord Gerald Berners and his "cultivated, artistic milieu." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A compassionate, insightful guide for military parents and the rest of us who are in their debt."
The mother of four serving military officers pays tribute to the parents of children in active service, especially mothers, America's "unsung heroes." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"Generally sympathetic to its subject and well-written but to be consulted only after William Kahrl's Water and Power (1982) and Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert (1986)."
Dutiful story of a man who, not having finished high school, "let alone set foot in an engineering class," designed a metropolitan water system that is still in use today. Read full book review >

UNFORGETTABLE by Scott Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A charming tribute to a remarkable woman and the bond between mother and son."
As he sat at his dying mother's bedside in 2013, Simon (Baby We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption, 2010, etc.), the award-winning host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, tweeted messages to his 1.2 million followers, recording the last moments of his mother's exuberant life.Read full book review >
ON ELIZABETH BISHOP by Colm Tóibín
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"An inspiring appreciation from one writer to another."
An admiring critical portrait of a great American poet and a master of subtlety. Read full book review >
YOUNG ELIOT by Robert Crawford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"Although Crawford modestly claims that his biography is neither 'official' nor definitive, it is unlikely to be surpassed."
A masterful biography of the canonical modernist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"McMichael ably leads readers to the conclusion that, in this case, no one's hands were clean."
Journalist McMichael reveals far-reaching deceptions in his examination of coverups in the case of James Earl Ray (1928-1998), accused of killing Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis in 1968. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"Tiber squeezes life for all it is worth, ringing out the last quarter of the 20th century with the offbeat, at-times twisted humor of a survivor."
Tiber picks up where he left off in Taking Woodstock (2007) with this memoir of the years thereafter, pivotal ones both for him and the gay community.Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S LAST SPEECH by Louis P. Masur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"A concise, useful analysis of Lincoln's generous hope for postwar America, seen against the failures of the actual Reconstruction that followed."
Historian Masur (American Studies/Rutgers Univ.; The Civil War: A Concise History, 2011, etc.) explores Abraham Lincoln's views on national reconciliation.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"This lightweight book is all about the dog, and, though more entertaining than the allegorical ALDD might be, it remains Lincoln-lite."
Yet another trickle in the constant flood of Lincolniana, this book reports on the qualities of the quadruped that filled the job of Lincoln family dog. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >