Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 11)

CAGED EYES by Lynn K. Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A slow read in some places but worth it for a deeper understanding of an important issue."
A personal account of sexual assault in the military, from the point of view of a cadet in the Air Force Academy. Read full book review >
PURE HEART by Bret Witter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A heart-stirring life story."
The first woman ever licensed to distill hard liquor in North Carolina uncorks an emotionally charged memoir about traversing family heartache to become the "moonshine mama" of the South. Read full book review >

INSTRUMENTAL by James Rhodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A powerful story of day-to-day survival, struggle, triumph, and hope."
A noted classical pianist revisits the horrors of the abuse and rape he experienced as a little boy and rehearses the enduring effects on his life, loves, and music. Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM THE METROPOL HOTEL by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A terse, spirited memoir that reads like a picaresque novel."
Autobiography of an acclaimed Russian writer who grew up "hungrier, dirtier, and colder than everyone else." Read full book review >
STALIN AND THE SCIENTISTS by Simon Ings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A provocative and increasingly chilling work that shows how scientists in the nascent Soviet Union were sacrificed to the Soviet dream of building the ideal state."
Picking through a minefield of Soviet utopia and paranoia. Read full book review >

ELIZABETH BISHOP by Megan Marshall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Bishop shared with Marianne Moore a 'near obsession with accuracy of detail and precision of language.' This fine biography demonstrates the magnitude of Bishop's achievements without ignoring her flaws."
A new biography of one of the most celebrated American poets of the 20th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An exciting, suspenseful tale of international intrigue."
An elegant presentation of Winston Churchill's special guerrilla operations force, which consistently met the dirty exigencies of war. Read full book review >
OLIVE WITCH by Abeer Y. Hoque
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A quietly moving memoir."
A Nigerian-born Bangladeshi writer/photographer's memoir about growing up in Nigeria and America and the inner turmoil she faced while coming to terms with her multicultural heritage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Quirky and bighearted."
A millennial's account of how she went from being the girl all her female friends wanted at their weddings to a professional bridesmaid. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A startling, well-researched slave narrative that seriously questions the intentions of our first president."
The story of a favored slave of the Washingtons who had the "impudence" to flee a life of benevolent servitude. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Deeply admiring biography mixed with much supposition that ranges from thought-provoking to ridiculous."
An author who has published frequently on leadership and leaders—from the Founding Fathers to Vince Lombardi—returns with his second book about Lincoln's leadership (Lincoln on Leadership, 1992). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An earnest eyewitness account of a nation in tumult."
A bleak view of young Egyptian lives as they joined the revolution and then fell back, disillusioned. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >