Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

INFERNO by Steven Hatch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Despite occasional long-windedness, Hatch's analysis is intelligent, nuanced, and tempered, a necessary departure from the panicked response of most American media outlets."
An American doctor describes his experiences in Liberia during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF ILLUSION by Joan Juliet Buck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An overlong but relentlessly candid and often absorbing account of a complex life spent in and out of the fashion spotlight."
The essayist, critic, novelist, and former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue reflects on the triumphs and excesses of her fashionable past. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An entertaining story of the irresistible cult of a creepy car."
The shadowy provenance of a wartime German limousine and the dizzying succession of owners over decades afterward. Read full book review >
ISABELLA OF CASTILE by Giles Tremlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A combination of a solid biography of an extraordinary monarch and a concise history of turbulent 15th-century Spain."
Engaging new appraisal of Europe's first female monarch and her long, consequential reign. Read full book review >
DOWN CITY by Leah Carroll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An honest and probing memoir of coming to terms with family."
A debut memoirist tells the story of her mother's brutal murder and her difficult relationship with her father, who followed his wife to the grave 14 years later. Read full book review >

THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS by Michael Finkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A thoughtful, honest, and poignant portrait."
A journalist's account of a Massachusetts man who went deep into the Maine woods to live a life of solitude and self-sufficiency. Read full book review >
YEAR OF NO CLUTTER by Eve O. Schaub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A wry account of the author's quest to 'pitch, plunder, recycle, and sell.'"
How a self-identified "amateur hoarder" managed to rid her life of the overabundance of "stuff" that littered her home. Read full book review >
HAZARD by Margaret Combs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A touching, highly poignant portrait of how family dynamics can survive despite disability and seemingly insurmountable challenges."
A sister struggles with her brother's autism while growing up and seeking personal fulfillment. Read full book review >
SOUTH AND WEST by Joan Didion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An almost spectral text haunted by a past that never seems distant."
A revealing publication from the celebrated prose stylist. Read full book review >
THE UNMADE BED by Stephen Marche
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Satisfying food for thought on the ever changing dynamics of men and women as they interact and go about their individual lives."
Examination of the new roles women and men are playing in the home and the workplace. Read full book review >
THE INHERITANCE by Niki Kapsambelis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An educational and emotional chronicle that should resonate with a wide variety of readers."
In her debut, journalist Kapsambelis builds a compelling narrative about Alzheimer's disease around one North Dakota extended family. Read full book review >
GIZELLE'S BUCKET LIST by Lauren Fern Watt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tender, heartfelt story."
A 20-something's memoir about the English mastiff that became her "best friend [and] so much more." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >