Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

PILL CITY by Kevin Deutsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An important story meticulously reported but that nonetheless strains toward novelization in the telling."
A tale of "one of the most profitable illicit opiate dealing schemes in American history." Read full book review >
THE AGE OF CAESAR by Plutarch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"If crucifixions and ferocious street fighting no longer characterize contemporary politics, Plutarch's rivalrous, 'inglorious' world in discomfiting ways echoes through our own time."
The estimable Greek historian depicts ancient Rome's violent politics. Read full book review >

THE BRAND NEW CATASTROPHE by Mike Scalise
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A frankly written debut memoir that captures all the fright of a medical calamity and the humor and grace necessary to survive it."
A devastating diagnosis throws a writer and his family into a tailspin. Read full book review >
SUBSTANCE by Peter Hook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A well-written and brutally honest remembrance of the glory days of rave culture."
Life after Joy Division: an insider offers a comprehensive history of New Order. Read full book review >
REST IN POWER by Sybrina Fulton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A brave, heart-rending narrative from the parents who lost their son far too soon."
The parents of Trayvon Martin (1995-2012) tell their sides of the story about his death. Read full book review >

LARA by Anna Pasternak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A sympathetic portrait of a woman who saw her lover in the same 'heroic light' as he saw himself."
A British journalist investigates her great-uncle's love affair. Read full book review >
BILL CLINTON by Michael Tomasky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Tomasky's slim, journalistic account contains few surprises for older readers familiar with that era, but they should wait a generation until the dust settles and scholars determine if Clinton deserves his current respectable rating in the pantheon of presidents."
The latest in the excellent American Presidents series explores the life and career of Bill Clinton (b. 1946). Read full book review >
THE TRUE FLAG by Stephen Kinzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A tremendously elucidating book that should be required reading for civics courses."
A timely work on the vociferous sides taken over the Spanish-American War of 1898—and how that history relates to the ongoing debate regarding American imperialism. Read full book review >
THE MISTRESS OF PARIS by Catherine Hewitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A thoroughly researched and clearly written account of a determined and talented woman and of an era."
A biographer debuts with the astonishing story of Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne (1848-1910), who rose from poverty and prostitution to enormous wealth, influence, and controversy. Read full book review >
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Randall Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A fresh, invigorating history of philosophical and political struggles."
A vibrant history of the reception of Charles Darwin's ideas by American minds and spirits. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"An illuminating look at racial strife and TV history."
Memoir, history, and biography meld in this account of the creation of a famed civil rights documentary. Read full book review >
UNBOUND by Steph Jagger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A middling memoir of self-discovery."
On a skiing trip around the world, the author loses herself in order to find herself and unexpectedly finds love in the process. 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 >