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
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 >