Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"History brought to vivid life in the characters of these women of purpose."
Two Renaissance queens—who also happened to be mother and daughter—receive a thorough treatment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Well-researched, -organized, and -presented, this is a sober, balanced examination of the origins of one of the more regrettable chapters in American history."
NPR's Morning Edition co-host Inskeep (Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, 2011) returns with a review of the forces and events leading to the expulsion of the Cherokees from their ancestral homelands. Read full book review >

BUCKLEY AND MAILER by Kevin M. Schultz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"In a book rich in anecdote and insight, Schultz assays their relationship splendidly."
A perceptive analysis of the evolution of political cultures that infuses a dissection of the contradictions within liberal and conservative thought with revealing character studies. Read full book review >
BROADCAST HYSTERIA by A. Brad Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An entertaining assessment of a watershed moment in American life and its lasting effect on popular culture."
A skeptical look at the panic that might have been. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A TRAITOR by Svetlana Grobman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2015

"An intimate look at a young woman's struggle to find her own truth in a repressive society."
Grobman's debut memoir explores her childhood in the Soviet Union. Read full book review >

A Corkscrew Life by Richard Coulson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"A keenly observed, fast-paced memoir."
A well-traveled veteran of the legal and business worlds reflects on his experiences in the 20th century and beyond. Read full book review >
ON THE RUN IN THE BLUE NILE by Gizachew Tiruneh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2014

"An often engaging perspective into the social and political landscape of revolutionary Ethiopia."
In this debut memoir, an Ethiopian man describes his journey from student to refugee following a revolution. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF SARAH by Charlene Pillow Little
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2011

"A memoir that has all the same qualities as its author: honesty, energy, and fun."
A Southern woman relates her life story with wit and candor. Read full book review >
CREATURES OF A DAY by Irvin D. Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A humane, highly knowledgeable glimpse of the therapist's couch."
The doctor is in, and he's ready to listen—and allow us the chance to eavesdrop as he does. Read full book review >
JONATHAN ROBERTS by Gregory P. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"An exhaustive biography, which serves as a welcome addition to American Civil War and Quaker history.
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Wilson chronicles the life of Jonathan Roberts, a Quaker who served in the Union Army during the Civil War despite his pacifist convictions. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A moving memoir that's particularly timely, given the current health care debate in the United States.
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A heart-rending debut nonfiction account of a couple's struggles with insurance companies as they tried to recover from a catastrophic accident. Read full book review >
My Daughter, Her Suicide, and God by Marjorie Antus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A penetrating, emotionally honest look at the aftermath of suicide, ideal for sharing with others who grieve."
A Virginia woman whose 17-year-old daughter committed suicide explores issues of faith and grief in this excellent debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >