Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

HOW NOT TO HATE YOUR HUSBAND AFTER KIDS by Jancee Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A highly readable account of how solid research and personal testing of self-help techniques saved a couple's marriage after the birth of their child."
Self-help advice and personal reflections on avoiding spousal fights while raising children. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An entertaining look inside the White House."
President Barack Obama's former deputy chief of staff makes her literary debut in a candid and charming memoir of her unexpected career in government. Read full book review >

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC by Tom Doyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A great way to better understand the man behind the garish glasses and platform boots."
Veteran rock journalist Doyle (Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, 2014, etc.) continues his foray into the 1970s music scene with a compelling profile of an unlikely rock star. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES by Bassem Youssef
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"If you want to understand the Arab Spring—even though it was really the African Spring, set off by a 'small puny motherfucking country called Tunisia'—then this odd book is just the guide."
Egyptian comic Youssef, a doctor-turned-satirist-turned-international media sensation, recounts the revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2017

"An effervescently witty, if exhaustive, chronicle of perseverance and the power to overcome the darkest of days."
Stand-up comedian MacGibbon (Never Give in to Fear, 2012) returns in this follow-up memoir, offering a more introspective look at her upbringing and early life. Read full book review >

LETTER TO A YOUNG FARMER by Gene Logsdon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2017

"From raising cattle to organizing markets, there's much value here for every aspiring farmer, whose work requires brains along with brawn."
An elegant, modern georgic in prose by "contrary farmer" Logsdon (Gene Everlasting, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
ROSALIND by Angela Thirlwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A model of popular Shakespearean scholarship: engagingly accessible and contagiously enthusiastic."
Thirlwell (Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown, 2010, etc.) turns to a fictional subject in her charming appraisal of the gender-bending protagonist of As You Like It. Read full book review >
YOU SAY TO BRICK by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A splendid biography that penetrates the inner lives of Kahn's buildings as well as the inner life of their creator."
A new, in-depth biography of the noted American architect. Read full book review >
AN ARRANGEMENT OF SKIN by Anna Journey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Even though they get a bit precious at times and sometimes lose their way, the essays always come together 'to resurrect and walk.'"
Poet Journey (English/Univ. of Southern California; Vulgar Remedies, 2013, etc.) gathers 14 quirky, earthy, lyrical essays, a number of which have been previously published. Read full book review >
THE MIDDLEPAUSE by Marina Benjamin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A thoughtful, morose meditation on aging."
Middle age makes the writer feel "ambushed and laid bare." Read full book review >
BLEAKER HOUSE by Nell Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"This engaging debut fulfills her confident prediction."
On a remote island, a young writer assesses her talents and her dreams. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A new light on the Roosevelt clan that serves as illumination of the short life of an unhappy man."
An exploration of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) and her idealization of the father she hardly knew. 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 >