Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: April 5, 2017

"An intense, important read for anyone interested in the American government's misguided efforts at Guantánamo."
Two former detainees of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp come forward with their story after being declared innocent and freed. Read full book review >
CONVICTING AVERY by Michael D. Cicchini
Released: April 4, 2017

"Will engage fans of the series and readers who wonder if prosecutors really do cut corners in their campaigns against serious criminals."
Rebuttal of the case against Steven Avery, from a defense attorney who sees larger patterns of malfeasance in Wisconsin justice. Read full book review >

THE MEZCAL RUSH by Granville Greene
Released: March 14, 2017

"A rich, inclusive portrait of one of the world's great drinks."
A longtime journalist takes a cultural deep dive into the history and contemporary re-emergence of Mexico's second-most-famous elixir. Read full book review >
JANE CROW by Rosalind Rosenberg
Released: April 3, 2017

"Assiduous research and clear prose give Murray her due."
A cradle-to-grave account about one of the most interesting, accomplished, and controversial figures in 20th-century America who is far too little known. Read full book review >
I’M OK, YOU’RE A PAIN IN THE ASS...A LOVE STORY by J. Michael Chamberlain
Released: April 29, 2016

"A sometimes-amusing but uneven collection."
A debut book of humorous, autobiographical essays from a self-described "doctor of comedy." Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 2017

"A welcome new look at Dos Passos and another sad chapter in the life of Hemingway."
The story of the close yet volatile friendship between John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway. Read full book review >
FLIGHT RISK by James Nolan
Released: March 1, 2017

"A wryly eloquent memoir of world travel and the joys, and difficulties, of returning home."
An award-winning writer's account of a life lived in flight from a Louisiana birthplace that ultimately drew him back. Read full book review >
MY JEWISH YEAR by Abigail Pogrebin
Released: March 14, 2017

"A sentimental journey through Judaic practice and thought."
A Jewish writer takes an educational journey through the feasts and fasts of the religious calendar. Read full book review >
YITZHAK RABIN by Itamar Rabinovich
Released: March 5, 2017

"Ideologues may well find reason to argue with the biography's analysis of its subject's life and death, but it puts the complexities of his career and achievement in fresh perspective."
A political biography of a pragmatic centrist who paid with his life when the center could not hold. Read full book review >
Released: March 28, 2017

"A moving testimonial to the transformative power of human compassion and connection amid catastrophe."
A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attacks reflects on the trio of fearless individuals who saved her life and rescued countless others. Read full book review >
Released: April 4, 2017

"An illuminating prose album of candid musings on the 'melancholy and joyful' gifts of art."
Reflections on art, music, poetry, and family from an acclaimed Polish poet. Read full book review >
Released: March 14, 2017

"Written with all the flair and enthusiasm of an experienced writer eager to share her love of her subject."
Memoir of a food-and-travel journalist who displays her love of archaeology. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >