Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An affectionate, sharp-eyed memoir that, while it doesn't add anything groundbreaking to the rock-lit canon, will appeal to Alice Cooper die-hards and fans of his brand of music."
A visit to the magical, blood-spattered world of the Alice Cooper Group, courtesy of Dunaway, the band's bassist, co-songwriter and "theatrical conceptionalist." Read full book review >
Braver and Bolder by Julia Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An intimate memoir about finding closure, coupled with copious true-crime flourishes."
A veteran chronicles her postwar life in which she became an undercover law enforcement agent, started a family, and confronted hard truths of domestic violence. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"An affecting portrayal of caring for a terminally ill spouse."
A husband's account of his wife's courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease—and his joys and sorrows as her primary caregiver. Read full book review >
A MATTER OF CONDUCT by Dalton Yap
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2012

"Measured yet passionate, a compelling look at one man's struggle against the worst of corporate blaming and the hard-earned wisdom that resulted from his fight."
Many people will experience being fired, but, as Yap details in this cleareyed, often gripping memoir, his being fired was just the beginning of decadelong torment. Read full book review >
VERTREK by Keith Paulusse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2015

"A perceptive, descriptive portrait of Australia in the 1960s and of the immigrant experience in general."
In this memoir of vertrek, the Dutch word for leaving, first-time author Paulusse recounts his family's immigration to Australia from the Netherlands in the early 1960s. Read full book review >

PAID FOR by Rachel Moran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Moran's thoughtful, highly readable, and provocative treatise shines a necessary light on a dark and underdiscussed topic."
Leaving her Dublin home and dysfunctional family at 14, Moran became homeless before she turned to prostitution to survive. Her stirring memoir chronicles her seven-year journey on the streets and in the brothels and examines the costs to society and her soul. Read full book review >
GAMELIFE by Michael W. Clune
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Ultimately, Clune remains unconvinced and unrepentant, offering his rebuttal in this provocative book."
A memoir about coming of age with video games, in which the author finds a reality more real than the outside world. Read full book review >
BOSS LIFE by Paul Downs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Refreshingly absent of bulleted lists and sidebars, this is a welcome addition to the literature of business ownership. Read it—and then get help."
Want to be your own boss? You might think twice after reading this large-hearted memoir from a frequently exasperated business owner. Read full book review >
MAN OF DESTINY by Alonzo L. Hamby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Not exactly revelatory but an accessible biography that adds to the large body of existing FDR scholarship."
A straightforward, "flesh-and-blood" study of the president that underscores the depth and ambiguity behind the charming facade. Read full book review >
Snapshots from my Uneventful Life by David I. Aboulafia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2015

"The funny bits in this Everyman's true-life stories will remind readers to look on the bright side of life."
Debut author Aboulafia highlights absurd and memorable events from his life in humorous autobiographical essays. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH SEVEN NAMES by Hyeonseo Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"Remarkable bravery fluently recounted."
The ably reconstructed story of the author's convoluted escape from North Korea, detailing the hardships of life there and the serendipity of flight. Read full book review >
BORN ON THE BAYOU by Blaine Lourd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"There's not a lot of art here, but there's plenty of heart and intelligence."
A memoir of life in the "lowest part of Louisiana…arguably the wettest, wildest, and freest part of the country." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >