Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

LAST CHANCE AT NORMAL by Louise Godbold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 2014

"A worthy addiction memoir with a particular focus on marriage and family."
A debut book recounts one woman's struggle to come to terms with her husband's heroin use. Read full book review >
WITNESS TREE by Lynda V. Mapes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A meticulously, beautifully layered portrayal of vulnerability and loss, renewal and hope, this extensively researched yet deeply personal book is a timely call to bear witness and to act in an age of climate-change denial."
A textured story of a rapidly changing natural world and our relationship to it, told through the lens of one tree over four seasons. Read full book review >

THERE'S A MYSTERY THERE by Jonathan Cott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"With minimal redundancy, the voices culminate to illuminate an extraordinarily rich picture book, provide fresh insight into human needs, and inspire appreciation for the rewards of looking closely."
Conversations with the legendary children's book creator, along with "companion guides" exploring the artist's psyche and works. Read full book review >
THE OUTRUN by Amy Liptrot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"An ordinary addiction memoir set in an extraordinary place—worth reading for the descriptions of life on a 'beautiful, barely touched stretch of land.'"
After a decade in London, a troubled woman returns home to a rural island in northern Scotland, hoping to heal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Newlyweds and couples looking to jump-start a foundering relationship will find Piazza's analysis of marriage useful, amusing, and engaging."
How women from different cultures handle the complexities of marriage. Read full book review >

MIRROR TOUCH by Joel Salinas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A rich, fascinating portrait of extraordinary sensory awareness."
A Boston neurologist reflects on his remarkable ability to experience the same physical sensations as those found in his patients. Read full book review >
GOOD FRIDAY ON THE REZ by David Hugh Bunnell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A well-intended memoir with forgivable flaws in the service of the greater good of delivering a portrait of reservation life over the course of half a century."
An Indian rights sympathizer returns to the site of an iconic moment in Native American resistance: Wounded Knee. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects."
Summer of Sam? Fuggedaboudit. If you want to scare a New Yorker of a certain age, evoke the Mad Bomber, the subject of this taut true-crime whodunit. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES by Bassem Youssef
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"If you want to understand the Arab Spring—even though it was really the African Spring, set off by a 'small puny motherfucking country called Tunisia'—then this odd book is just the guide."
Egyptian comic Youssef, a doctor-turned-satirist-turned-international media sensation, recounts the revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE CATASTROPHE by George Soter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2015

"An intimate family journey; a voyage through time that will most likely appeal to members of the Soter family."
A debut memoir by Soter (The Nick & Tom Pajama Story, 2015), a Greek-American raconteur who succeeded in advertising and the New York commercial retail scene. Read full book review >
No Place to Hide by Bill Sly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"An impressive blend of drama and history, marvelously researched."
A historical account of a harrowing mountain battle during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
LOVE OF COUNTRY by Madeleine Bunting
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"In the end, it is clear from Bunting's lively, literate book why, in the words of an Irish poet, the Hebrides might become part of one's 'soul territory.'"
Touring the northwest quadrant of the "damp Atlantic archipelago of the British Isles." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >