Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

THE GIRL FROM THE METROPOL HOTEL by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A terse, spirited memoir that reads like a picaresque novel."
Autobiography of an acclaimed Russian writer who grew up "hungrier, dirtier, and colder than everyone else." Read full book review >
STALIN AND THE SCIENTISTS by Simon Ings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A provocative and increasingly chilling work that shows how scientists in the nascent Soviet Union were sacrificed to the Soviet dream of building the ideal state."
Picking through a minefield of Soviet utopia and paranoia. Read full book review >

ELIZABETH BISHOP by Megan Marshall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Bishop shared with Marianne Moore a 'near obsession with accuracy of detail and precision of language.' This fine biography demonstrates the magnitude of Bishop's achievements without ignoring her flaws."
A new biography of one of the most celebrated American poets of the 20th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An exciting, suspenseful tale of international intrigue."
An elegant presentation of Winston Churchill's special guerrilla operations force, which consistently met the dirty exigencies of war. Read full book review >
OLIVE WITCH by Abeer Y. Hoque
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A quietly moving memoir."
A Nigerian-born Bangladeshi writer/photographer's memoir about growing up in Nigeria and America and the inner turmoil she faced while coming to terms with her multicultural heritage. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Quirky and bighearted."
A millennial's account of how she went from being the girl all her female friends wanted at their weddings to a professional bridesmaid. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A startling, well-researched slave narrative that seriously questions the intentions of our first president."
The story of a favored slave of the Washingtons who had the "impudence" to flee a life of benevolent servitude. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Deeply admiring biography mixed with much supposition that ranges from thought-provoking to ridiculous."
An author who has published frequently on leadership and leaders—from the Founding Fathers to Vince Lombardi—returns with his second book about Lincoln's leadership (Lincoln on Leadership, 1992). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An earnest eyewitness account of a nation in tumult."
A bleak view of young Egyptian lives as they joined the revolution and then fell back, disillusioned. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Schuman's droll, self-deprecating, wild life (so far) will find particular appeal with readers who enjoy memoirs that don't take themselves too seriously."
The candid adventures of a plucky, German-obsessed American student. Read full book review >
DARLING, I'M GOING TO CHARLIE by Maryse Wolinski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A brief, affecting Gallic story of an enduring marriage that ended in senseless tragedy."
A deeply felt memoir from the wife of a cartoonist killed in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Read full book review >
NO BARRIERS by Erik Weihenmayer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit."
The first blind man to climb Mount Everest narrates his kayaking descent of 300 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. 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 >