Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

THE WHEAT MONEY by Kristl Tyler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2014

"A meandering exploration of racial attitudes and oppression."
Memoir, family stories, and American history intertwine in this debut book. Read full book review >
UNDETERRED by Tracey Brame
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A dark, chilling, yet memorable portrait of sheer personal strength, resilience, and perseverance in the face of adversity."
A PTSD sufferer and distinguished West Point graduate grapples with the machinations of the Ku Klux Klan. Read full book review >

REVEALED by Steve Trebing
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2016

"Engaging coming-of-age stories that recall the fun of teenage friendships."
Cars, cops, capers, and (beer) cans feature in this novelistic memoir set in the late 1980s. Read full book review >
LIVING IN ITALY: THE REAL DEAL by Stef Smulders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2016

"An often funny, if sometimes-meandering, tour of Italian culture."
In this comedic memoir, a Dutch couple moves to the Italian countryside with hopes of opening a bed-and-breakfast. Read full book review >
CLOUD MESSENGER by Karen Trollope-Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"A vivid saga of a woman who found an enthralling new home."
A Canadian doctor in India finds romance and a fraught quest for professional and personal fulfillment in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

ERNEST HEMINGWAY by Mary V. Dearborn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A thorough, but familiar, portrait of a tormented artist."
The rise and fall of the Nobel Prize-winning writer. Read full book review >
THE OUTER BEACH by Robert Finch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Vivid and graceful reflections on water and wind, shifting sands, and the inevitability of change."
Lyrical reflections, natural history, and nuggets of wisdom inspired by walks at the shore. Read full book review >
AGENT M by Henry Hemming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Hemming has uncovered a man determined not to be known and in so doing, has provided us with delightful reading."
The dramatic story of the remarkable British spymaster who may have been the model for the James Bond character M. Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE HOME by Fenton Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"In taut, sometimes-tense prose, Johnson shows us so many varieties of human pain as well as many glimmers of hope."
A writer with deep Appalachian roots rehearses his life story, positioning it under the most exacting of microscopes. Read full book review >
YOU DON'T LOOK YOUR AGE by Sheila  Nevins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"As in many collections, some of the pieces are disposable, but the best ones are honest, opinionated, and spirited."
A miscellany of musings about aging, love, work, and wisdom. Read full book review >
AMERICAN KINGPIN by Nick Bilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, readable true-crime tale that frames the likely future of the underground economy."
Engrossing account of the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, founder of the now-shuttered online drug bazaar the Silk Road. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Thomas S. Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A highly accessible study of an enigmatic yet influential faith life."
What did Benjamin Franklin really think of God? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >