Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"An inspiring, well-rendered, deeply reported, and often infuriating account."
Salon contributing writer Dayen illuminates how, during the past 10 years, home buyers ended up illegally evicted from their residences as the result of dishonesty, greed, and heartlessness involving mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers, investment bankers, and unscrupulous lawyers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A forthright testimony by a witness to history."
Triumphs and frustrations mark the author's long legal career. Read full book review >

JOE GOULD'S TEETH by Jill Lepore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A fascinating, sharply written, thoroughly engaging jeu d'esprit."
A writer searches for a "holy grail" manuscript of endless words. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"An engaging travel narrative for both language lovers and general audiences."
A blogger and documentary filmmaker's account of how she and her family became globe-trotting foreign language learners. Read full book review >
FINDING FONTAINEBLEAU by Thad Carhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Those lucky enough to have lived and attended school in Europe will love this book, and anyone heading to Paris will surely add Fontainebleau to his or her schedule."
The author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank (2001) returns with another celebration of France.Read full book review >

LATE TO THE BALL by Gerald Marzorati
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"What begins as a straightforward chronicle of a not-entirely-unusual midlife quest evolves into an examination of midlife reinvention in general, both the how and the why."
A career editor and writer takes up tennis at age 60—not as a hobby, but competitively. Read full book review >
STANLEY KUBRICK AND ME by Emilio D'Alessandro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"As good an insider's view of middle- to late-period Kubrick as there is."
A fly-on-the-wall view of the movie business as conducted by a highly eccentric director. Read full book review >
ALL THE RAGE by Martin Moran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A courageous release from the pain, guilt, and fury of sexual abuse."
A sexually abused man addresses his residual unprocessed anger. Read full book review >
WALKING POINT by Perry A. Ulander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A compulsively readable book for anyone who lived through the Vietnam era—or who wants an idea of what it was like."
A former GI recalls his tour of duty in Vietnam, and it's not quite the story readers may expect. Read full book review >
THE BOYS IN THE BUNKHOUSE by Dan Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Gently, empathetically, and indelibly, Barry conveys a tale of unthinkable brutality."
A gripping indictment of society's treatment of "losers." Read full book review >
THE NAZI HUNTERS by Andrew Nagorski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Packed with the tangled, riveting detail of the many cases, this is more sensational reading than astute legal analysis—but absorbing nonetheless."
A detailed look at the grim work of tracking Nazis over the decades since World War II. Read full book review >
RAIF BADAWI, THE VOICE OF FREEDOM by Ensaf Haidar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A sobering exposé of Saudi Arabian culture and a tribute to the courage and strength of both the author and her husband."
In a slim volume originally published in Germany last year, the wife of imprisoned human rights activist Raif Badawi keeps her husband's plight in the public eye. 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 >