Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
IN-BETWEEN DAYS by Teva Harrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"What Harrison has learned through her ordeal is that whatever she is feeling, it is natural to feel—and that, ultimately, all of us are living with the same finite mortality. An impressive graphic memoir."
A devastating and inspiring cancer memoir mixing drawings and essays, hope and dread. Read full book review >

THE RULES DO NOT APPLY by Ariel Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Unflinchingly candid and occasionally heartbreaking."
An award-winning journalist tells the story of how her formerly charmed life in which "lost things could always be replaced" came to a brutally abrupt end. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Lyndal Roper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An engaging, enlightening study of the historical effects of one galvanizing personality."
A substantial new look at the life of Martin Luther (1483-1546), published to coincide with the 500-year anniversary of his revolutionary theses. Read full book review >
STRANGERS TEND TO TELL ME THINGS by Amy Dickinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"In this extension of her debut memoir, Dickinson remains an engagingly chatty, witty, and relatable writer with sage insights."
A popular newspaper columnist candidly shares more memories of her altruistic life, past and present. Read full book review >

THE POPE OF BROOKLYN by Joseph Di Prisco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite some solipsistic meandering, a deft, amusing, and tough memoir."
A literary son traces his fugitive father in a pulpy yet cerebral memoir. Read full book review >
THE NEW OLD ME by Meredith Maran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A spirited and moving memoir about how 'it's never too late to try something new.'"
An essayist and nonfiction writer's account of how she was forced to start over after age 60. Read full book review >
BORN BOTH by Hida Viloria
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A relentlessly honest and revealing memoir."
A noted intersex activist tells the inspiring story of her struggles living as a lesbian hermaphrodite. Read full book review >
MY JEWISH YEAR by Abigail Pogrebin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An up-and-down collection that often blurs the line between ha-ha funny and odd funny."
A tour diary from the veteran comedian. Read full book review >
THE MEZCAL RUSH by Granville Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
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 >