Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

HIGH NOON by Glenn Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A comprehensive guide to both a classic film and the era that created it."
Courage under the gun, in both art and life. Read full book review >
THE SKIN ABOVE MY KNEE by Marcia Butler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The light and the dark fight it out in this fierce, fiery memoir."
Can music save a person's life? Read full book review >

WHY I AM NOT A FEMINIST by Jessa Crispin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Forget busting glass ceilings. Crispin has taken a wrecking ball to the whole structure."
A taut and spirited attack on contemporary mainstream feminism. Read full book review >
TRAVELING WITH GHOSTS by Shannon Leone Fowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A courageous and finely crafted account soaked in tears of love and loss."
A marine biologist who suffered a grievous loss when she was in her 20s debuts with a wrenching account of that loss, her ensuing suffering, and her attempts to regain a sense of purpose. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A fine biography of a man who played an essential role in post-World War II American science and deserves to be better known."
The life and work of "an expert in technology" who is largely forgotten outside the world of physics. Read full book review >

FLÂNEUSE by Lauren Elkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Enlightening walks through cities, cultural history, and a writer's heart and soul."
An American freelance essayist and translator living in Paris debuts with an appealing blend of memoir, scholarship, and cultural criticism. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF WILL by Patricia McConnell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An uplifting story of hope about how both dogs and humans need 'a sense that they are not helpless victims.'"
How training an incorrigible puppy helped an internationally renowned animal behaviorist recover from "multiple traumas." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An inside look at the experiences of shelter dogs that is sure to appeal to dog and animal lovers."
Upbeat memoir of a dog lover who shares her insights about homeless dogs and animal shelters. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Relentlessly positive in tone, Grande's narrative never dives deeply enough to reward readers' time."
Ronald Reagan's former personal assistant reminisces. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A sympathetic telling of the life and death of an infamous convict and the ill-fated intervention of a famed writer."
In 1979, Norman Mailer published The Executioner's Song, a novel that narrated the life and death of Gary Gilmore, a notorious killer executed in 1977. Loving (English/Texas A&M Univ.; Confederate Bushwhacker: Mark Twain in the Shadow of the Civil War, 2013, etc.) offers the back story of Mailer's fraught relationship with the murderer whose story was eerily similar to that of Gilmore. Read full book review >
THE INKBLOTS by Damion Searls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Searls shows persuasively how the creation and reinvention of inkblots has reflected psychologists' scientific and cultural perspectives."
A history of 20th-century psychology focused on the life, work, and legacy of the inventor of the inkblot test. Read full book review >
DEAR FRIEND, FROM MY LIFE I WRITE TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE by Yiyun Li
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A potent journey of depression that effectively testifies to unbearable pain and the consolation of literature."
A Chinese-American fiction writer offers an intimate memoir of "darkest despair." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >