Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Ramadi Declassified by Tony Deane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2016

"A detailed, compelling account of a little-known chapter in the Iraq War."
In this modern war memoir, a retired Army colonel recounts his experiences working to suppress terrorism in a strategic Iraqi city. Read full book review >
DOUBLE CUP LOVE by Eddie Huang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 2016

"A challenging author continues to bravely bare his soul along with his best dishes."
BaoHaus celebrity chef Huang (Fresh Off the Boat, 2012) returns with a fresh mélange of hip-hop patter, Chengdu street cuisine, and Asian-American identity politics.Read full book review >

HOW TO WRITE LIKE TOLSTOY by Richard Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 2016

"Mostly standard writing advice, minus the bullet points, plus the gleanings from a lifetime of reading and thought."
A veteran editor, teacher, and author assembles some advice for aspiring writers of fiction. Read full book review >
LISTENING TO A CONTINENT SING by Donald Kroodsma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"An informative exploration of the subtleties of bird songs, which experienced birders will appreciate, and a helpful guide for newbies but likely of less interest to general readers."
A celebrated ornithologist chronicles his 10-week, cross-country cycling/birding trip with his 24-year-old son. Read full book review >
SOBER STICK FIGURE by Amber Tozer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"The urgency and desperation of addiction told through crisp, biting sarcasm and self-deprecating humor."
A stand-up comedian reclaims her life after three decades of alcohol abuse. Read full book review >

THE DIVINE MADNESS OF PHILIP K. DICK by Kyle Arnold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"An inquiry into the SF master's mind that will interest only the most devoted of Dick's fans."
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) sits on the couch for some deep analysis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A tedious trek through a footnote to history, with very little bearing on contemporary homeland security concerns."
Two New Deal giants clash over the purpose of civil defense at the outset of World War II. Read full book review >
SWEET DREAMS AND FLYING MACHINES by Mark Ribowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"Just another in the onslaught of rock bios and memoirs—a disappointing follow-up to the author's excellent Dreams to Remember."
A biography that confirms both the best and the worst that fans have heard about the archetypal 1970s singer/songwriter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A rollicking tale of the incredible saga of a man constantly searching for the next exploit and sharing them in his writings."
Separating the escapades from the exaggerations in the life of one of the best adventurers of his age.Read full book review >
THE HOSPITAL ALWAYS WINS by Issa Ibrahim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"This occasionally overwhelming torrent of words reveals both an irrepressible individual with a talent for survival and a mental health system in dire need of repair."
A heady brew of sex, drugs, painting, and music fills this memoir by a man who spent nearly two decades in a mental hospital. Read full book review >
LUCIE AUBRAC by Siân Rees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A refreshing addition to World War II literature."
This biography illuminates for an English-speaking audience the lives of Lucie and Raymond Aubrac, heroes of the French Resistance of World War II. Read full book review >
LOUIS D. BRANDEIS by Jeffrey Rosen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A tightly written, tightly reasoned biography aimed at readers who are not legal scholars."
In the latest installment of the publisher's Jewish Lives series, a legal scholar examines the career of Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941), "the most important American critic of what he called ‘the curse of bigness' in government and business since Thomas Jefferson." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >