Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Ramadi Declassified by Tony Deane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2016

"A detailed, compelling account of a little-known chapter in the Iraq War."
In this modern war memoir, a retired Army colonel recounts his experiences working to suppress terrorism in a strategic Iraqi city. Read full book review >
DOUBLE CUP LOVE by Eddie Huang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 2016

"A challenging author continues to bravely bare his soul along with his best dishes."
BaoHaus celebrity chef Huang (Fresh Off the Boat, 2012) returns with a fresh mélange of hip-hop patter, Chengdu street cuisine, and Asian-American identity politics.Read full book review >

Pilgrim Spokes by Neil Hanson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A book that offers plenty of 'shared sojourner's camaraderie' in the company of a happy, philosophical companion."
Anothermemoir from Hanson (Pilgrim Wheels, 2015, etc.) about a cross-country bicycle odyssey. Read full book review >
COMMANDER IN CHIEF by Nigel Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"The book is strongly pro-Roosevelt, but Hamilton gives a solid inside view of the strategic thinking that went into the campaign against Hitler as America laid the groundwork for the D-Day invasion the following year."
A detailed look at Franklin Roosevelt's role in the Allied strategy midway through World War II, with an emphasis on his relations with Winston Churchill. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Though not groundbreaking, Blume's reimagining of 1920s Paris and its scandalous denizens is vivid, spirited, and absorbing."
The Lost Generation returns. Read full book review >

THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Entertaining and unexpectedly wise."
A blogger and nonfiction writer's account of how she survived both new motherhood and her eccentric parents' federal imprisonment for fraud. Read full book review >
THE LATTER DAYS by Judith Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"A poignant, searching memoir of self-discovery."
A novelist's account of her early life growing up Mormon in Utah and the family memories she kept hidden from herself. Read full book review >
THE BURGER COURT AND THE RISE OF THE JUDICIAL RIGHT by Michael J. Graetz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Two powerhouse law historians/journalists deliver a major contribution to the history of the Supreme Court."
Two scholars, each distinguished in his or her respective fields, challenge received orthodoxies about the Burger Supreme Court while detailing how earlier breakthroughs in civil rights and criminal law were reversed or hollowed out. Read full book review >
THE HOUR OF LAND by Terry Tempest Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"An important, well-informed, and moving read for anyone interested in learning more about America's national parks."
In commemoration of the centennial of the National Park Service, Williams (When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice, 2012, etc.) explores 12 diverse parks.Read full book review >
KINGDOMS IN THE AIR by Bob Shacochis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"'Sink into an otherness,' the author advises in this enlightening travel collection, for a voyage of self-discovery."
Reflections on a wild life of daring travel. Read full book review >
CHANCERS by Susan Stellin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"An emotionally complex and intensely personal binary memoir of addiction and sustainable love."
The unconventional love story between an emerging author and the troubled man she discovers to be a hard-core drug addict. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Excellent reading for students of park policy, wildlife management, and other resource issues."
A searching study of a tragedy and the legal contest that followed it, one that shaped the course of national park policy in the modern age. 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 >