Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A lyrically visceral memoir of love and loss."
An award-winning nonfiction writer explores the personal roots of a powerful and destructive love/hate relationship she shared with a married lesbian. Read full book review >
CRAVINGS by Judy Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A compelling read for fans of Collins and/or those confronting their own addictive behavior."
The famed recording artist recalls her past struggles with overeating and alcoholism. Read full book review >

DODGE CITY by Tom Clavin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"There's some rehashing of the old but much that is new, making this a must-have for buffs—nothing world-changing but a nicely spun Wild West yarn to satisfy even the most ardent consumer of oaters."
Of cowpokes, desperadoes, and the law in a Western town in which it wasn't always easy to tell which was which. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A deeply informed investigation of a poet's suffering and creative triumph."
A renowned psychologist connects bipolar disorder to creativity. Read full book review >
FAST-FOOD KIDS by Amy L. Best
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The book may be useful for sociology teachers and students, but general readers and policymakers will find this tough to digest."
A cultural analysis of what kids eat and why. Read full book review >

PONTIUS PILATE by Aldo Schiavone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A levelheaded, engaging reading of the Gospels and historical account that forms a solid sense of this pivotal personage and his role on the epic stage."
A literary study of the Roman governor of Judaea who condemned the prophet Jesus—reluctantly—to death. Read full book review >
THE HOME THAT WAS OUR COUNTRY by Alia Malek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Provocative, richly detailed reading."
A Syrian-American journalist/civil rights lawyer interweaves narratives about her family with the history of modern Syria. Read full book review >
A COUNTRY BETWEEN by Stephanie Saldaña
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A serene memoir in which the author takes valuable time to regard the character of the Palestinian people and their way of life."
Reflections of a young American wife and mother trying to make a home in war-torn Jerusalem. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"An unrevealing and inessential showbiz memoir."
An Emmy Award-winning actor recounts his career and how he "went ‘ass backwards' into just about everything—and what a lucky guy I've been." Read full book review >
CLEMENT ATTLEE by John Bew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"The 'invisible man' gets his well-deserved due in this thorough new biography."
Detailed, philosophical biography of the unprepossessing, longtime leader of the British Labour Party, who laid out a "new deal" for the postwar Britons and cut imperial ties. Read full book review >
JUDY AND I by Sid Luft
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A revealing look behind the curtain—if not the persona—from the man who helped Garland reclaim the limelight after Hollywood let her down."
Hollywood producer Luft reflects on his relationship with show business legend Judy Garland, whom he married (and managed) during the final great phase of her performing career. Read full book review >
SUPER FREAK by Peter Benjaminson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"For music fans who must read everything about James or who have never read anything about him."
Benjaminson (Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar, 2012, etc.) delivers a matter-of-fact biography of a musician whose extremes—both the highs and the lows—defy belief. 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 >