Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"An engrossing, vivid inquiry into a man and his magisterial creation."
The story behind one of the world's most unique buildings. Read full book review >
THE YELLOW ENVELOPE by Kim Dinan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"Readers won't accuse the author of sugarcoating her experiences, and if the narrative sometimes seems to bog down in self-analysis, it's likely an accurate account of her interior life on the road."
In 2012, sick of her job and uncertain about her marriage, Dinan (Life on Fire: A Step-By-Step Guide to Living Your Dreams, 2013, etc.) quit work and persuaded her reluctant husband to sell their house and other belongings and take off for more than two years to travel around the world. Read full book review >

THE MIGHTY FRANKS by Michael Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A lengthy exploration of one family's uniquely claustrophobic dysfunctions; Frank only finds mixed success in delivering a compelling narrative to bolster the provocative premise."
A writer reflects on his celebrated aunt's overbearing influence on his life. Read full book review >
THE ICON HUNTER by Tasoula Hadjitofi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"An intimate trek into the venal world of art looting and selling."
A Greek Cypriot refugee in the Netherlands chronicles her fierce determination to return stolen artifacts to her country through years of dangerous underworld operations. Read full book review >
GIVEN UP by Mary Sharon Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A short, thoughtful, and informative book about adoption and faith."
Debut author Bailey recounts her quest to discover her birth family in this Christian-oriented adoption memoir. Read full book review >

I Want to Know What Love Is by Saul Rosenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2016

"A meditative, if sometimes-overwritten, appraisal of compulsion and love."
In the absence of love, a man seeks solace in pathological gambling and literature in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
LIVING IN PEACE WHILE LIVING IN PIECES by Michael Washington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"An earnest but disorganized remembrance."
A plainspoken memoir by an American ex-soldier, meteorologist, father, and recovering addict who overcomes challenges and gains insights while on a quest to find inner peace. Read full book review >
COUNTING THE DAYS by Leslie Rutkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2012

"An emotional account that will particularly interest prisoners and their families."
Rutkin's debut memoir recalls her yearlong separation from her husband, a cop, as he was imprisoned for stealing money from drug dealers. Read full book review >
BLACKLISTED! by Charles Shannon Mallory
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2016

"A history, both broad and personal, of social struggles throughout Africa, told with care and depth."
An Episcopal priest reflects on his volatile years spent in Africa and its incredible landscape in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
YOU SHOULD GET A CAT by Tom Soter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2016

"A compilation that's as diverse and surprising as life on a New York City block."
In his most recent collection of essays, Soter (Driving Me Crazy, 2015, etc.) explores a wide range of personal and cultural experiences. Read full book review >
LAST MAN STANDING by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A sympathetic, evenhanded biography of a man notorious for his savage wit."
Biography of the acerbic, irreverent comedian who inspired a new generation of performers. Read full book review >
CHARLTON HESTON by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entertaining picture of a complicated cinema icon, albeit viewed through rose-colored glasses."
A new biography attempts to understand the many sides of one of the 20th century's most famous actors. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >