Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 6)

LONG SHOT by Craig Hodges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A skillfully told, affecting memoir of sports and social activism."
A former professional basketball player looks back on his life on and off the court, with an emphasis on how his outspokenness regarding racial discrimination led to his unofficial banishment from the NBA. Read full book review >
THE SPIDER AND THE FLY by Claudia Rowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Uneven but capably written. Rowe leaves readers wishing for a more satisfying solution to one puzzle while feeling relief in the resolution of the other."
What happens when a reporter has the willpower and tenacity to try to overcome a serial killer's refusal to communicate? Read full book review >

RISE by Cara Brookins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Not without its flaws but an inspiring memoir of absolute determination."
A memoir of a mother and her children building a house—and security—from the ground up. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Thorp's in-the-trenches account of gaming the system(s) is a pleasure—and instructive, too."
You can't time the market, and you can't beat the house. Right? Wrong. Read full book review >
KEPT IN THE DARK by J. Ronald M. York
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A provocative collection of family correspondence, but one that will leave readers with unanswered questions."
A largely epistolary debut memoir about a shocking family secret. Read full book review >

THE CANCER WHISPERER by Sophie Sabbage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Sabbage proves to be an empathetic advocate for patients confronting one of the world's most unsparing and mystifying diseases."
A woman courageously stares down incurable late-stage cancer. Read full book review >
THE ORIGINAL BLACK ELITE by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2017

"Important research on an overlooked but significant figure."
A lively work chronicling the growth of the educated African-American movers and shakers in Washington, D.C., on the brink of renewed Jim Crow laws. Read full book review >
THE PHARMACIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Patricia Posner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"A gruesome story eloquently told."
Pursuing newly opened legal archives to expose the case of a Romanian-born German pharmacist who was key in dispensing Zyklon B poison gas and attending to the selection process at Auschwitz. Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions."
A cogent argument that President Barack Obama has mostly succeeded in implementing his agenda. Read full book review >
RUMI'S SECRET by Brad Gooch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A vivid depiction of the powerful religious forces that Rumi transcended to reveal 'the sound of one soul speaking.'"
An appreciative biography of the 13th-century Persian poet, teacher, and mystic. Read full book review >
ONCE WE WERE SISTERS by Sheila Kohler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"In spare, delicate prose, Kohler brings a seasoned novelist's skills to this deeply moving, compelling memoir."
Novelist Kohler (Dreaming for Freud, 2014, etc.) reflects on her beloved older sister, Maxine, who was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 39. Read full book review >
THE ART OF BEING FREE by James Poulos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Provocative assertions buried in a confusing presentation."
A journalist expands on Alexis de Tocqueville's cultural critiques of American life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 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 >