Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A readable popular history told largely through the actions of swashbuckling tycoons."
A biography of two unlikely oilmen from outside the United States who broke the global domination of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company. Read full book review >
ARCHITECTURE'S ODD COUPLE by Hugh Howard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"New light is shed on both architects in this absorbing, well-organized, delightfully told story."
An in-depth portrait of two "grand men of American architecture." Read full book review >

EAST WEST STREET by Philippe Sands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"For the future of humanity, forgetting, Sands insists in this vastly important book, is not an option."
An engrossing tale of family secrets and groundbreaking legal precedents. Read full book review >
PORCELAIN by Moby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A distinctive addition to the recent spate of well-written memoirs by contemporary musicians, a list that would include the likes of Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, and Carrie Brownstein."
DJ and producer Moby relives the career-defining years, 1989-1999, leading to his international breakthrough album "Play" (1999). Read full book review >
WALKING THE HIMALAYAS by Levison Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"The author's intentions are genuine and ambitious, but the result is uninspired."
In a follow-up to his African odyssey (Walking the Nile, 2016), explorer Wood hits the road again on a trans-Asian adventure. Read full book review >

THIS ROAD I RIDE by Juliana Buhring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A searching, engaging memoir from an author who 'can be at home no matter where...in the world.'"
An endurance cyclist's account of how the death of the man she loved became the catalyst for a record-setting around-the-world cycling journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
BELLOW'S PEOPLE by David Mikics
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"Mikics has done a fine job uncovering how Bellow made art out of life, and he has given us a new way to approach that art."
How to access the novels of Saul Bellow (1915-2005) via the people he knew and loved. Read full book review >
HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH by Negin Farsad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"Farsad combines throwaway laughs with some keeper insights. Readers may sense that she has a smarter, funnier book on the way later in her career."
A memoir/essay collection from a self-described "hyphenated American…an Iranian-Muslim-female-honey-mustard-enthusiast" who is also a comedian, writer, filmmaker, and TED talker. Read full book review >
NO WAY BUT GENTLENESSE by Richard Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A delightful story of a boy, his birds, and his pursuit of knowledge in spite of society's dictates."
How catching and training a kestrel changed the life of a young British boy. Read full book review >
DINNER WITH EDWARD by Isabel Vincent
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"Vincent fills her pages with accounts of her life and Edward's past, but for readers, the narrative becomes lighter on epiphany than calories."
In shape, size, and spirit, the latest from New York Post reporter Vincent (Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World's Wealthiest Widows, 2010, etc.) is like Tuesdays with Morrie with gourmet dinners.Read full book review >
JANE DOE JANUARY by Emily Winslow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A potently rendered chronicle of rape and the clarity and closure achieved even when justice is only partially served."
The story of a Pennsylvania serial rapist who stood trial two decades after his assault on the author. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A sharp but limited critical analysis of how the role of women in the rise of the tea party is affecting conservative political change."
An academic analysis of the rise of the conservative tea party movement and its uniquely large female membership. 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 >