Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

MOUNTAIN LINES by Jonathan Arlan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Perhaps the best reader for this book is someone who wants to hike that same trail and is willing to risk being talked out of it."
A writer, editor, and "inveterate walker" chronicles his monthlong hike in the Alps. Read full book review >
BAD SINGER by Tim Falconer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A spirited, even adventurous look at the mysteries of how the human brain perceives and processes sound—and even, on occasion, manages to make beautiful music."
"I'm a bad singer. And deep down, it matters." Falling down a rabbit hole in B-minor, Canadian science writer Falconer (Magazine Journalism/Ryerson Univ.; That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and the End-of-Life Care, 2009, etc.) explores all that bad singing entails. Read full book review >

HOW MAY I HELP YOU? by Deepak Singh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An interesting look at a puzzling society—ours—from the point of view of a sympathetic but not uncritical outsider. Good reading for students of comparative cultures."
An immigrant's thoughtful account of what it means to make a new life in a strange land, in this case the South. Read full book review >
INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A unique and exuberant celebration of life and love."
A photographer and distinguished nonfiction writer's account about starting over at midlife in New York City and falling in love with famed neurologist Oliver Sacks. Read full book review >
WHAT LANGUAGE DO I DREAM IN? by Elena Lappin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A thoughtful, unique meditation on exile and homecoming."
A Moscow-born, London-based writer and editor's memoir about the impact her peripatetic, multilingual background had on her development. Read full book review >

STUDIO GRACE by Eric Siblin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Engaging look at the seductions of late-in-life creativity and a cleareyed account of the strange state of today's music industry."
Affectionate memoir of a second-career songwriter finally making a record, alongside a cast of music-scene lifers. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >