Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

WHEN THE DIAMONDS WERE GONE by Julian Padowicz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A sad and curious memoir that will make others with unhappy childhoods know they're not alone."
Padowicz (A Scandal in Venice, 2013, etc.) adds the memoir of his years as a refugee in the United States to his earlier works about his and his mother's escape from Poland during World War II.Read full book review >
THE TANK MAN'S SON by Mark Bouman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Never preachy or self-pitying, just an honest story well written and well told."
A touching memoir of a truly miserable childhood. Read full book review >

Guardian of the Golden Gate by Kevin Briggs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Important, deeply compassionate insights on how to best prevent suicide."
In thisdebutmemoir, a retired cop shares his life experiences and insights that contributed to his helping hundreds of people decide against suicide. Read full book review >
ONE RIGHTEOUS MAN by Arthur Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"An occasionally rambling but especially timely book, given recent tragedies involving certain police forces across the country."
A veteran New York City journalist relates the dramatic saga of the first uniformed African-American police officer. Read full book review >
TERRORISTS AT THE TABLE by Jonathan Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"Powell's urgent, reasoned, and impassioned argument for negotiation has the potential to contribute significantly to public debate."
A road map for the fraught, fragile road to possible peace with terrorist organizations. Read full book review >

HOW DID I GET HERE? by Jesse Browner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"A searching, occasionally profound collection/memoir."
A United Nations staffer and novelist meditates on the question of "how…the life we live relate[s] to lives we might have lived or ought to have lived." Read full book review >
CABIN FEVER by Mandy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"The literary equivalent of a wet-T-shirt contest, despite the bittersweet ending."
A former Virgin Airlines flight attendant's steamy recollections of international binge drinking, obsessive shopping, and a host of affairs. Read full book review >
THE GOOD SHUFU by Tracy Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"A heartfelt and moving tale, coupling insights into two remarkably different cultures with a love story that, as much as any true love story can, delivers a happy ending."
A writer goes to the far side of the world for work and finds a home. Read full book review >
PUTINISM by Walter Laqueur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"An erudite and unsettling but convincing argument that the new Russia is a dictatorship 'approved by the majority as long as the going is good,' and if Putin were to vanish today, his successor would make few changes."
Relief at the end of the Cold War lasted barely a decade before observers began wondering if it was returning, this time under a pugnacious, quasi-Stalin: Vladimir Putin. Read full book review >
THE OREGON TRAIL by Rinker Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"By turns frankly hilarious, historically elucidating, emotionally touching, and deeply informative."
A crazy whim of a trip on a covered wagon turns into an inspired exploration of American identity. Read full book review >
THREE MORE WORDS by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"Uneven but sometimes highly interesting, it serves as a window onto the foster-care system. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
This memoir serves as a sequel to the author's Three Little Words (2008), which chronicled her experiences as a foster child in Florida. Now, she writes of her experiences as a foster parent.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2015

"Tales that smolder but never quite ignite."
A late writer's stories about life, childhood, and racism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >