Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

Chicago Street Cop by Pat McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A gritty memoir that gives readers a cop's perspective on Chicago crime."
A retired Chicago police officer who served as a SWAT sniper, gang specialist, and undercover agent recounts his time on the force. Read full book review >
TOM PAINE'S IRON BRIDGE by Edward G. Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2016

"A fresh look at an influential political activist."
The story of a man committed to transforming the landscape of the new world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2016

"A thorough look at the dissension that tore the country apart."
A historian examines Abraham Lincoln's trajectory toward the ending of slavery. Read full book review >
Hangin' Tough by Rebecca Wallwork
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2016

"A surprising, somewhat convincing argument for a group's and record's artistic merits."
Debut author Wallwork puts the 1980s and '90s boy band's smash album into critical perspective for this latest installment of the 33 1/3 book series. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE HARMONIUM by Paul Mariani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A solid, if not fully revealing, biography."
The life of a venerated, enigmatic poet. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A chilling portrait of a country under siege and one man's defiance."
The tale of a devoted collector of manuscripts who outwitted militant jihadis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A well-documented, brave, and useful overview."
A journey through the Middle East in the post-Arab Spring landscape. Read full book review >
ONLY IN NAPLES by Katherine Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"An exuberant account of love and great Italian food."
An American woman falls in love with an Italian man, his ebullient family, and a vibrant city. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"An interesting and promising premise turns ponderous and occasionally preachy as the author narrates his cross-country trek."
One man's journey hiking the then-proposed path of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, from the Alberta tar sands of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Read full book review >
SIX MEMOS FROM THE LAST MILLENNIUM by Joseph Skibell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A fresh look at an ancient source."
A deep dive into the mysteries of the Talmud. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Between the dizzying sums lost and gained, Zacks offers a rollicking history perfect for Twain's countless fans."
An amusing, singular account of the world tour by the nation's most famous humorist, chased by creditors. Read full book review >
THE MATHEWS MEN by William Geroux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A deep, compassionate group biography of these 'unsung heroes' of the Merchant Marines."
An intricate look at the outsized role of a group of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, families in the dangerous work of the Merchant Marines during World War II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >