Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

Memoir of a Jaded Woman by Emunah  La-Paz
Released: Nov. 5, 2016

"Pleasurable venting with a positive, uplifting ending."
A blogger becomes inspired by a friend's troubled marriage in this relationship guide. Read full book review >
How Learning to Say Goodbye Taught Me How to Live by Joffre McClung
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Heartfelt reflections on the lessons and strength to be gained from grief and loss."
McClung muses on the spiritual insights learned during the last six months of her best friend's life in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An inspiring guide to ennobling personal stories that travel to the dark sides of life."
Investigations into the struggles of rendering painful memories on the page. Read full book review >
BLUE ON BLUE by Charles Campisi
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This superb memoir can be read for its sheer entertainment or as a primer on police work—or both."
A recently retired high-ranking New York City police supervisor recounts his career, with an emphasis on his unpleasant but necessary assignment flushing out corrupt cops. Read full book review >
THE TRUE FLAG by Stephen Kinzer
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A tremendously elucidating book that should be required reading for civics courses."
A timely work on the vociferous sides taken over the Spanish-American War of 1898—and how that history relates to the ongoing debate regarding American imperialism. Read full book review >

THE ACTUAL ONE by Isy Suttie
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Waggish entertainment on a single woman's search for a life partner."
How a British comedian and actress has tried to avoid growing up at all costs. Read full book review >
Jeremy's Hospital Survival Guide by Jeremy Libon
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A detailed and ultimately touching memoir in the form of a hospital manual."
A posthumous reconstruction offers a valiant young patient's guide to dealing with hospital stays. Read full book review >
A Journey to God's Grace by Trina Shepherd
Released: June 24, 2016

"An inspirational memoir undermined by messy writing."
A debut spiritual autobiography reflects on a life of challenging trials. Read full book review >
Living while Dying by Donna Tarrant
Released: April 19, 2014

"An ultimately triumphant chronicle of faith, sustained and deepened by tragedy."
A woman's faith helps her to cope with her diagnosed terminal illness in this debut devotional memoir. Read full book review >
Released: July 21, 2016

"A heart-wrenching and at times shattering tale of an ailing athlete that turns uplifting in the end."
A Canadian faces a midlife health crisis in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
Dear Dad by Kathy Williams
Released: April 19, 2016

"An innovative epistolary memoir about grief and family."
Williams reads and responds to her father's letters from World War II in this debut book. Read full book review >
SIN BRAVELY by Maggie Rowe
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An enthusiastic chronicle of how one woman's religious passion almost swallowed her whole."
How an overly zealous religious imagination hampered the author's life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >