Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
MARVELLOUS THIEVES by Paulo Lemos Horta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An insightful examination of a significant literary work and the fraught complexities of translation."
From its origin, the Thousand and One Nights has been frequently translated, embellished, and transformed. Read full book review >

NO WALL TOO HIGH by Xu Hongci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An often harrowing, valuable account for students of daily life in the early years of the period culminating in China's little-documented civil war of the 1970s."
An early victim of Mao Zedong's totalitarian regime is swept up in a time of terror. Read full book review >
IS IT ALL IN YOUR HEAD? by Suzanne O'Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An intriguing look at how mental processes affect and alter our views—and feelings—of health and illness."
Feeling out of sorts? Take two imaginary aspirin and call us in the morning. Read full book review >
HOW AMERICA LOST ITS SECRETS by Edward Jay Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A wild and harrowing detective story and impressively evenhanded portrait of a very sticky case."
A nuanced portrait of the government contractor who absconded with top-secret National Security Agency documents in May 2013. Read full book review >

MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A touching memoir from an important figure in the civil rights movement."
A posthumous memoir by Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, told via a journalist, minister, and longtime friend. Read full book review >
ROSSET by Barney Rosset
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2017

"Vivid and informative—a must for anyone interested in 20th-century American publishing and culture."
A posthumous memoir nicely captures the Grove Press publisher's free-wheeling ways and rebel heart. Read full book review >
#ESOCIETY by David Barker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A disturbing, affecting, and unforgettable work that remains upbeat while asking difficult questions about society."
A self-made British internet entrepreneur leaves a comfortable life to discover why so many people remain trapped in poverty and unemployment in this debut autobiography and manifesto. Read full book review >
BLESS YOUR LITTLE COTTON SOCKS by Diane Radford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A loving remembrance told with humor and cheer."
One woman's sentimental memoir about her colorful mother. Read full book review >
SIN BRAVELY by Maggie Rowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An enthusiastic chronicle of how one woman's religious passion almost swallowed her whole."
How an overly zealous religious imagination hampered the author's life. Read full book review >
ESCAPING HITLER by Phyllida Scrivens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Stirling's story is an inspiring example of a valiant professional life fashioned out of loss and tragedy, but the book is, overall, unexceptional."
The brave plight of a young German Jewish refugee to England and his fruitful contribution to postwar British life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"While writing about the first lady, most of these perceptive essayists are also writing about themselves and their country, showing the shifts in perception and possibility that she has helped inspire."
A collection of essays that genuflect before a first lady like no other. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >