Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

RUTHLESS by Ron Miscavige
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sad and painful but bravely told story. Acknowledging his son's mistakes and hoping things will change, the author concludes, 'David, I forgive you.'"
A father's nightmarish account of the Church of Scientology's transformation into a "coercive" cult under the authoritarian leadership of his son, David Miscavige. Read full book review >
Zip by Roxsane Tiernan
Released: Aug. 20, 2015

"An oversummarized memoir that shortchanges its subject's inspiring life story."
Tiernan (Celebrate Japan, 1990) relates a life filled with turmoil, tragedy, persistence, and triumph.Read full book review >

God In My Head by Joshua Grisetti
Released: Feb. 24, 2016

"An often moving account that's just as outlandish and funny as the author's bizarre experience."
In this debut memoir, one man's hallucination at the dentist's office offers answers to mysteries regarding religion and the universe. Read full book review >
Paris Nights by Cliff Simon
Released: July 15, 2015

"A colorful and illuminating memoir of a cabaret performer."
Simon recounts his time at the fabled Moulin Rouge in Paris and how it led to his career in Hollywood in this debut book. Read full book review >
NAVIGATING LIFE by Margaux Bergen
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Bergen's more helpful suggestions about ways to live well would be better suited to a mother-to-daughter letter, with all of the straining to impress shorn away."
A guide to life started by a mother when her daughter was in elementary school and given to her on her first day of college. Read full book review >

YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT by Jessi Klein
Released: July 12, 2016

"A gifted comedian turns the anxieties, obsessions, insecurities, and impossible-to-meet expectations that make up human nature into laughter."
From childhood to motherhood, comedian Klein's fresh takes on the perplexities of womanhood in America. Read full book review >
THE COMMANDER by Laila Parsons
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A remarkably evenhanded biography of an important player in Arab history that doubles as a crucial scholarly reinterpretation of the rise and fall of Arab nationalism."
Biography of the famous early-20th-century Arab nationalist and soldier Fawzi al-Qawuqji (1890-1977). Read full book review >
THE FALL OF HEAVEN by Andrew Scott Cooper
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A thorough new appraisal of an enigmatic ruler who died believing his people still loved him."
A sympathetic account of the imperial couple of the Peacock Throne portrayed as so blindly benevolent that they did not see the Iranian Revolution coming. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 2016

"An engrossing, well-developed true-crime tale, unsettling in its portrayal of the underbelly of its tropical setting."
A juicy, disturbing account of "the world's first capitalist serial killer," who wreaked havoc among unsuspecting expatriates in a remote, hedonistic Panama archipelago. Read full book review >
THE HERO'S BODY by William Giraldi
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A hearty, bittersweet familial chronicle of masculinity drawing on the underappreciated bond between fathers and sons."
A loving son reflects on life with a brawny father whose premature death permanently transformed him. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A collection more interesting to Western readers for what the author represents than for anything he has written here."
A collection from one of China's most outspoken "troublemakers and dissidents." Read full book review >
SHOE DOG by Phil Knight
Released: April 26, 2016

"By the numbers, to be sure, but students of business, for whom Nike is a well-established case study, may want to have this view straight from the source."
Nike mogul Knight charts the rise of his business empire, a world leader in athletic wear. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >