Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

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 >

FLIGHT RISK by James Nolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A wryly eloquent memoir of world travel and the joys, and difficulties, of returning home."
An award-winning writer's account of a life lived in flight from a Louisiana birthplace that ultimately drew him back. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF ANGELA CARTER by Edmund Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"Expansive and lavish, this outstanding biography does much to demythologize Carter, revealing her to be a singular writer of her time."
The first comprehensive biography of the acclaimed British author. Read full book review >
ALPINE APPRENTICE by Sarah Gorham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A palpable, loving evocation of experiences 'tucked deep' into the author's soul."
How two years at a school in the Swiss Alps changed the life of a rebellious teenager. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >