Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

A REALLY BIG LUNCH by Jim Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2017

"If this is the last we get from Harrison, it serves as a fitting memorial."
A celebration of eating well and drinking even better as a recipe for the good life. Read full book review >
LEO DUROCHER by Paul Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"Baseball buffs will enjoy this well-researched, smoothly written biography of a complex man, but readers lacking interest in the MLB may be inclined to dismiss the mercurial Durocher as an unpleasant individual not worth trying to understand."
Prolific author Dickson (Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed to Be, 2015, etc.) digs deep into the controversial baseball career and spicy extracurricular life of Leo Durocher (1905-1991). Read full book review >

The Boy Who Knew Too Much by Cathy Byrd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An eclectic mix of mystery, memoir, and the supernatural."
In Byrd's touching debut memoir, a little boy stuns his parents by declaring that he was the baseball player Lou Gehrig in a previous life. Read full book review >
ROMANIAN NOTEBOOK by Cyrus Console
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A large step for the writer that reads like a smaller accomplishment."
A middle-age rite-of-passage memoir by a writing teacher and published poet. Read full book review >
INSIDE MY PENCIL by Peter Markus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An inventive and inspiring memoir from an innovative educator."
A fiction writer chronicles his journey teaching Detroit children to use words to give flight to their imaginations. Read full book review >

STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by George Prochnik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An uneven but candid testament of two men passionately trying to revive and reimagine Judaism."
A convert to Judaism was deeply influenced by a prolific Jewish intellectual. Read full book review >
IKE AND MCCARTHY by David A. Nichols
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A thorough, well-written, and surprising picture of a man who was much more than a 'do-nothing' president."
New insight into Dwight Eisenhower's silent methods of facing down enemies, particularly Joseph McCarthy. Read full book review >
GRACE NOTES by Katey Sagal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A candid, reflective memoir."
A Golden Globe-winning actress tells the story of her life as a singer/songwriter who unexpectedly became a TV star. Read full book review >
SCARED SELFLESS by Michelle Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A raw and powerful account from a survivor of unspeakable abuse."
A psychologist recounts the sexual abuse/enslavement she suffered as a child and how she overcame its horrific effects on her life as a teenager and an adult. Read full book review >
DEEP UNDERCOVER by Jack Barsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An intriguing inside look at international espionage."
The making of "an undercover agent spying on behalf of the Soviet Union." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"The panic is palpable in Kolata's moving depiction of a mysterious disease and its frightening consequences."
A family's legacy is haunted by a torturous genetic disease. Read full book review >
HELL'S TRACES by Victor Ripp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An idiosyncratic work striving for sense and meaning from a family record of enormous loss and obfuscation."
A personal attempt to tackle emotionally the Nazi roundup of a 3-year-old relative to the concentration camps. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >