Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"The book begins as a rollicking, magical tale but eventually bogs down in too much conjecture."
Stapinski (English/Fordham Univ.; Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, with Music, 2004, etc.) continues her investigation into her family's checkered past. Read full book review >

KENNEDY AND KING by Steven Levingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-documented narrative that would benefit from more consistent analysis."
A dual biography chronicles three years of upheaval in the civil rights movement. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU FIND OUT THE WORLD IS AGAINST YOU by Kelly Oxford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"As might be expected from her Twitter account, Oxford has a gift for snarky one-liners and self-effacing humor, but her stories are weakly structured and often drift to their ends without resolution."
The latest book of comic personal essays by Twitter sensation Oxford (Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar, 2013) consists of verbal snapshots of embarrassing scenes from her childhood and later life. Read full book review >
TOUGH SELL by Tom Basile
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"An engrossing account of the author's own experiences written to justify questionable foreign policy that many readers will question."
A controversial defense of the 2003 military intervention in Iraq that overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein. Read full book review >

THE LOYAL SON by Daniel Mark Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A perceptive, gritty portrayal of the frenzy of war and a father and son caught at its tumultuous center."
A gripping history of a family torn apart by political upheaval. Read full book review >
I CAN-CER VIVE by Monya Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"An undeniably inspiring but poorly executed memoir."
In this tragic story of a life plagued by disease, Williams (Picking Up the Pieces, 2017, etc.) confirms the old adage that what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.Read full book review >
WILD WILLFUL HEART by W. Boone Hedgepeth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"An often riveting remembrance, especially for readers intrigued by accounts of supernatural experiences."
The memoir of one man's apparently superhuman life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"These meandering stories remain memorable and rewarding, collectively dovetailing with universal lessons about love, family, compassion, the misfortune of random calamity, and living life to the fullest."
A retired physician reflects on his practice, personal history, and experience of medical intervention from a patient's perspective. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE QUEST TO BECOME A PHYSICIAN by Robert E. Burke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 28, 2016

"A philosophically charged but also charming recollection of hardship and triumph."
A thoughtful memoir that recalls one man's tenacious rise out of poverty to become a pediatrician. Read full book review >
LIMP by Simon Eli Vella
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A humorous, free-wheeling account of youthful indiscretions."
A personal memoir that comically chronicles a youth filled with social anxiety, drug abuse, and shiftless meandering. Read full book review >
DOING TIME LIKE A SPY by John Kiriakou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2017

"An irreverent and unsettling footnote to the war on terror."
A maverick spy's season in prison. 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 >