Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 7)

LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME by Alexandra Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Although her batty and unhinged relatives emerge more vividly than her taciturn husband, Fuller's talent as a storyteller makes this memoir sing."
Fuller (Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, 2012, etc.) resumes her memories of growing up in Africa in this wry, forthright and captivating memoir.Read full book review >
DIRTY CHICK by Antonia Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Warm, funny and touching."
An "artsy San Francisco dilettante" tells the story of how she traded her urban existence for a life of "chasing cows…and executing chickens" in rural New Zealand. Read full book review >

A FIFTY-YEAR SILENCE by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A moving family history researched with dedication and completed with a granddaughter's love."
Unearthing her grandparents' mysterious 50-year estrangement forms the foundation for translator and editor Mouillot's memoir. Read full book review >
KILLERS OF THE KING by Charles Spencer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A gripping account of the aftermath of Britain's revolution, during which both sides fought for justice and Christianity and behaved despicably."
C.V. Wedgwood's masterwork told this story in three volumes, but Britain's Charles I (1600-1649) loses his head on Page 55 of this fascinating, one-volume account in which British historian Spencer (Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier, 2008, etc.) describes what happened afterward.Read full book review >
MURDER AT CAMP DELTA by Joseph Hickman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A plainly told, unsettling corrective to the many jingoistic accounts of post-9/11 military action."
Disturbing account of abuse and secrecy at the Guantánamo Bay military prison, tied to the deaths of three detainees. Read full book review >

WHIPPING BOY by Allen Kurzweil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Full of intrigue and suspense, the story follows the bizarre twists and turns of one man's journey to find and confront his childhood tormentor—ready-made for a film treatment."
One man's search for his childhood bully, who turned out to be far more than that. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF LOVE by Roger Rosenblatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"When you hear it, you know."
An improvisational, personal meditation on the subject of love. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO COULDN'T STOP by David Adam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Well-researched, witty, honest and irreverent, Adam's account proves as irresistible as his subject."
An engrossing first-person study of obsessive-compulsive disorder from within and without. Read full book review >
GUANTÁNAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Slahi may or may not be a reliable narrator; readers are called on to suspend disbelief. By his account, of course, he is not guilty. His memoir is essential reading for anyone concerned with human rights and the rule of law."
A harrowing prison memoir, the first to date by an inmate who is behind bars at the Cuban penitentiary that has become a byword for an American gulag. Read full book review >
GOD, GUNS, GRITS, AND GRAVY by Mike Huckabee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"More of the same from the outspoken Southerner."
More chuckly preaching from the former Arkansas governor and Fox News weekly show host. Read full book review >
WHERE THE DEAD PAUSE, AND THE JAPANESE SAY GOODBYE by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"Mockett, who speaks Japanese (though not perfectly), is an observant and respectful guide to Japanese customs, open to new experiences and sensitive to changes in the culture. If she sometimes rambles on or wanders off, the trip is still worth it."
A journey through Japanese culture and religion by a Japanese-American woman grieving for her dead father and concerned that she will be unable to pass on her heritage to her young son. Read full book review >
THIEVES OF STATE by Sarah Chayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"Scattershot but often insightful, disquieting reading for policymakers."
Former NPR reporter and current Carnegie Foundation associate Chayes (The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, 2006) offers an alarming account of the role played by acute government corruption in fostering violent extremism.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >