Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

BEHIND THE CURTAIN by Jeffrey E. Sterling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2015

"Accessible and often amusing medical anecdotes."
Drawing on over 20 years of experience in emergency medicine, debut author Sterling presents alternately humorous and sobering stories of the "controlled chaos" of a hospital emergency room. Read full book review >
ANGELS THREE: THE KAREN PERRY STORY by Landon J. Napoleon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"An absorbing read that serves as a reminder to cherish every moment."
On the evening before Thanksgiving, an airplane shuttling Perry's ex-husband and three small children crashed into a mountainside, killing them instantly. This biography charts Perry's journey to, and eventually beyond, that "agonizing night." Read full book review >

THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH by Kermit Alexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A bleak but thoughtful look at the curse of urban violence, both its causalities and its long-term effects."
A shocking tale of a mistaken-identity multiple murder and its aftermath. Read full book review >
WHITE ESKIMO by Stephen R. Bown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A vivacious study that will surely revive interest in the writings of this towering explorer and ethnographer."
Canadian author Bown (The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen, 2012, etc.) fashions a thorough, insightful biography of the fearless explorer and noted writer Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933). Read full book review >
DEVOTION by Adam Makos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An account of a genuinely inspiring deed written as a breathless docudrama."
The story of a mission over North Korea in 1950 when, in an almost suicidally brave gesture, a Navy pilot tried to pull his friend from burning wreckage. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A coolly told story of a harrowing time and a young woman's struggle to survive."
Simon's son gave her a tape recorder, and the result is a crisp, detailed memoir of her years as a U-Boat ("those who had gone underground in the Nazi period") in World War II-era Berlin. Read full book review >
GODDESS OF LOVE INCARNATE by Leslie Zemeckis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The book is well-written and loaded with photos but tends to be repetitive—for which the author receives only partial blame: St. Cyr's life was one gig, one man, and one marriage/divorce after another."
Zemeckis (Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America, 2013) chronicles the life of Lili St. Cyr (1918-1999), by all accounts the queen of the strippers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An unabashedly sentimental and affecting portrait of a modern-day animal-loving hero."
One man's dedicated mission to rescue death-row dogs across the country. Read full book review >
A MIGHTY PURPOSE by Adam Fifield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"This fine, engrossing portrait reveals Grant's unstoppable passion and remarkable achievements."
A biographical commemoration of a powerful champion of children's health. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON AND HAMILTON by Tony Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Knott and Williams expertly show how Hamilton was often attacked because Washington was untouchable."
An elegant dual study resurrects Alexander Hamilton as one of George Washington's most valued advisers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2014

"A flawed but strangely engrossing tale that's sometimes tragic and sometimes farcical.
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A Mississippi family survives the Great Depression by making bootleg wine, but one member meets a tragic end in this memoir. Read full book review >
SIX YEARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST by Tenacity
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Forthright remembrances of a highly capable author's gritty sojourns in some of the world's most dangerous places."
The burly memoir of a diabetic Vietnam veteran recalling his later-in-life adventures as a Department of Defense contractor in the war-ravaged but, for contractors, lucrative Middle East. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >