Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 8)

THE COOK UP by D. Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A familiar story to fans of The Wire, but Watkins provides a gritty, vivid first-person document of a desperate demographic."
A memoir of growing up and selling drugs on East Baltimore's bloody corners. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's no Young Men and Fire, but Santos provides a good summary of terrible events and their aftermath."
New York Times Phoenix bureau chief Santos looks into a lightning-caused blaze that killed 19 Arizona firefighters in the summer of 2013. Read full book review >

RED PLATOON by Clinton Romesha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"Romesha ably captures the daily dangers faced by these courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan."
An account of the horrendous October 2009 attack on the American Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan, told in a frank, engaging vernacular by the staff sergeant and Medal of Honor winner. Read full book review >
MISSING MAN by Barry Meier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A chilling real-world espionage yarn."
The unsettling tale of Bob Levinson, a private investigator gone missing in Iran. Read full book review >
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A moving, humanizing portrait of the collateral damage caused by America's immigration policy."
Orange Is the New Black actress Guerrero delivers an affecting tale of a childhood lived in the margins. Read full book review >

ONEIDA by Ellen Wayland-Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A smartly contextualized tale of 'the tension between radical social critique and unapologetic accommodation...between communal harmony and individual striving.'"
A study of the unlikely origins of one of America's most recognizable brands. Read full book review >
RUTHLESS by Ron Miscavige
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sad and painful but bravely told story. Acknowledging his son's mistakes and hoping things will change, the author concludes, 'David, I forgive you.'"
A father's nightmarish account of the Church of Scientology's transformation into a "coercive" cult under the authoritarian leadership of his son, David Miscavige. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"A lively history of one man's indelible imprint on American news."
The peripatetic life of a newspaper mogul. Read full book review >
THE CASTAWAY'S WAR by Stephen Harding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"An amazing journey through adversity and desperation."
A suspenseful recounting of the torpedoing of the USS Strong in the South Pacific in July 1943 and one soldier's subsequent eluding of capture on the Japanese-held Solomon Islands.Read full book review >
COMRADE HUPPERT by George Huppert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"Of interest to scholars of Austrian literature and history but not to a general reading audience."
The troubled life of Hugo Huppert (1902-1982), a respected but largely forgotten Austrian writer and communist. Read full book review >
THE HUNT FOR MAAN SINGH by Hipólito Acosta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 30, 2016

"Certainly flawed but moderately informative and entertaining."
The account of two Immigration and Naturalization Service officers who helped bring down a human trafficking operation that spanned the globe. Read full book review >
SEX WITH SHAKESPEARE by Jillian Keenan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A raunchy memoir revealing a visceral connection to the Bard."
With a fetish for being spanked, Keenan sees sex in nearly every Shakespearean play. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >