Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

MY UTMOST by Macy Halford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A fine core soured by the writer's own story."
An exploration of one of Christianity's great devotional works. Read full book review >
WRITING HARD STORIES by Melanie Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An inspiring guide to ennobling personal stories that travel to the dark sides of life."
Investigations into the struggles of rendering painful memories on the page. Read full book review >

BLUE ON BLUE by Charles Campisi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This superb memoir can be read for its sheer entertainment or as a primer on police work—or both."
A recently retired high-ranking New York City police supervisor recounts his career, with an emphasis on his unpleasant but necessary assignment flushing out corrupt cops. Read full book review >
THE PERPETUAL NOW by Michael D. Lemonick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An absolutely memorable book."
A veteran science journalist uses the story of Lonni Sue Johnson, a young woman who suffered a severe infection that destroyed her hippocampus, to illuminate his journey into the murky subject of memory itself. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >