Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"History brought to vivid life in the characters of these women of purpose."
Two Renaissance queens—who also happened to be mother and daughter—receive a thorough treatment. Read full book review >
BLACKOUT by Sarah Hepola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"A treasure trove of hard truths mined from a life soaked in booze."
A razor-sharp memoir that reveals the woman behind the wine glass. Read full book review >

THE RAPE OF EUROPA by Charles FitzRoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Some will prefer more about Titian's work, as this book has too much extraneous information, but it should broaden readers' knowledge of the many other worlds that surround the history of art."
Trailing the provenance of Titian's greatest work, Fine Art Travel tour leader FitzRoy (The Sultan's Istanbul on 5 Kurush a Day, 2013, etc.) includes short histories of Europe's great powers and lessons in art and art history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Flawed but occasionally moving."
An attorney and horse trainer's account of how he socialized, and ultimately befriended, an abused, psychologically damaged wild horse. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"A charming account of how 'to pursue opportunity and possibility where others see none.'"
A memoir about how the Internet can help in the fight against poverty, from the co-founder of Kiva, "the world's first personal microlending platform." Read full book review >

GREAT MEN DIE TWICE by Mark Kram Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"A solid introduction to an important sportswriter."
Edited by his son, Kram Jr. (Like Any Normal Day, 2012), this is the first collection of work from one of the more literary sportswriters of the 1960s and '70s, whose mixed legacy leaves a hole at the center of this volume.Read full book review >
STIR by Jessica Fechtor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"The recipes are simple and uncomplicated; many of them have a handful of ingredients but are prepared in a way that might surprise you. Fechtor's book could be described the same way."
Dealing with the aftereffects of an aneurysm through a love of cooking. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Klein changed the way rock does business. In this balanced, fascinating, and well-written biography, Goodman gives him credit where it's due."
The story of a manager more often vilified than any other in the history of rock. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"An often lighthearted but also profound recounting of a life in search of art and faith."
A memoir charting an artist's lifelong challenge to accept his calling. Read full book review >
BASTARDS by Mary Anna King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2015

"A poignant memoir that thoughtfully examines a set of difficult and unique family relationships."
A young woman's account of how a dysfunctional family situation caused her to become separated from her six siblings but how all seven still managed to reconnect. Read full book review >
WORD NERD by John D. Williams, Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2015

"An average game with no triple word scores."
The co-author of the bestselling Everything SCRABBLE© returns with a motley collection of anecdotes, advice, and autobiography—all relating, more or less, to the game he loves.Read full book review >
IRREPRESSIBLE by Emily Bingham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Deeply researched, Bingham's engrossing biography brings her glamorous, tormented ancestor vividly to life."
A colorful portrait of a daring woman. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Beatriz Williams
June 23, 2015

In Beatriz Williams’ latest novel Tiny Little Thing, it’s the summer of 1966 and Christina Hardcastle—“Tiny” to her illustrious family—stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Of the three Schuyler sisters, she’s the one raised to marry a man destined for leadership, and with her elegance and impeccable style, she presents a perfect camera-ready image in the dawning age of television politics. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple: intelligent, rich, and impossibly attractive. It seems nothing can stop Frank from rising to national office, and he’s got his sights set on a senate seat in November. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life. “A fascinating look at wealth, love, ambition, secrets, and what family members will and won’t do to protect each other,” our reviewer writes. View video >