Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BANDIT by Molly Brodak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An intelligent, disturbing, and profoundly honest memoir."
A prizewinning poet's account of her convict father and the impact he had on his family. Read full book review >
A REVOLUTION IN COLOR by Jane Kamensky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"There may never be a better biography of Copley than this sumptuous, exquisitely told story of a man and his time."
A majestic portrait of the American painter. Read full book review >

AMERICAN ULYSSES by Ronald C. White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An engaging resurrection of Grant featuring excellent maps and character sketches."
This scholarly but readable biography of the Civil War general and president finds some new facets in understanding "the silent man." Read full book review >
OPEN TO DEBATE by Heather Hendershot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A thoroughly researched work replete with intelligence, admiration, balanced criticism, and even a bit of nostalgia."
A generous description and analysis of Firing Line, the weekly TV show hosted for three decades by conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr. Read full book review >
SPACEMAN by Mike Massimino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition."
A seasoned astronaut charts the trajectory of his love affair with space and astronomy. Read full book review >

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY by John Kaag
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Kaag's lively prose, acute self-examination, unfolding romance, and instructive history of philosophy as a discipline make for a surprisingly absorbing book."
A compelling hybrid combining memoir, a dramatic narrative about saving an endangered rare book collection, and the intellectual history of philosophy. Read full book review >
IN WARTIME by Tim Judah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enlightening, timely study of a misunderstood region of the world."
Making sense of the murderous muddle in Ukraine through touching personal stories and a historical reality check. Read full book review >
THE GENERAL VS. THE PRESIDENT by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis."
Two American heroes tested and tried at their most inspired hours. Read full book review >
FLYING COUCH by Amy Kurzweil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A debut that enriches and extends the potential of graphic narrative."
An ambitious debut by a graphic artist whose work succeeds on multiple levels, both visually and in terms of the textual narrative. Read full book review >
I AM BRIAN WILSON by Brian Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"As a study in creativity, superb, though as memoir, partial and a touch reluctant. Whatever the case, essential for any Beach Boys fan."
Everyone's favorite musical mad scientist reveals a troubled yet hopeful life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"This first-rate journey into human trafficking, slavery, and familial bonding is an engrossing example of spirited, determined reportage."
A consummate chronicler of the American South spotlights the extraordinary history of two kidnapped African-American brothers enslaved as a circus sideshow act. Read full book review >
OF ARMS AND ARTISTS by Paul Staiti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A lively, splendid history that captures the times with insight, acumen, and a juggler's finesse."
How American art inspired a young country. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >