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
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 >