Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Ruined by Ruth Everhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Forthright, compassionate, and expertly crafted—everything readers should want from a memoir."
A memoir offers extensive reportage of a sexual assault and a reflection on the author's future course and evolving faith. Read full book review >
WAKING THE SPIRIT by Andrew Schulman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An inspirational testament to the limitless benefits of music and its role in health care."
A near-death survivor and career musician demonstrates the true healing power of music. Read full book review >

THE ANGEL by Uri Bar-Joseph
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Well-researched and candidly told, this book deserves shelf space next to volumes on Vladimir Vetrov and Kim Philby."
A detailed biography of Ashraf Marwan (1944-2007), an Egyptian national and Israel's most vital informant. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE by Terry McDonell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A wide-ranging, smart, and witty collection testifying to an impressive career."
The former editor of Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated looks back. Read full book review >
OUR FAMILY DREAMS by Daniel Blake Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Incomparable sources make for an unusually intimate American portrait."
The lives and fortunes of ambitious 19th-century brothers. Read full book review >

THE KING'S REVENGE by Don Jordan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An absorbing narrative that shifts the focus from monarchs to rebels."
A bloody history of treachery and retribution told with zest. Read full book review >
KAHLIL GIBRAN by Jean Gibran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An enjoyable, generously illustrated book that will stimulate readers to reconsider Gibran, his work, and his heritage."
Jean and Kahlil George Gibran chronicle the life of their famous relation in an updated—and greatly expanded—version of their 1974 book, Kahlil Gibran: His Life and World. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF HEAVEN by Andrew Scott Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A thorough new appraisal of an enigmatic ruler who died believing his people still loved him."
A sympathetic account of the imperial couple of the Peacock Throne portrayed as so blindly benevolent that they did not see the Iranian Revolution coming. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A pleasing romp: punk in attitude but literary in execution and a fine work of armchair travel for those unwilling to strap on an accordion on the streets of Rostov for themselves."
Want to see the seamy side of a country? Go on tour as a rock musician. Read full book review >
LANDMARKS by Robert Macfarlane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Lucent, lyrical prose evokes Macfarlane's aesthetic, ethical, and powerfully tactile response to nature's enchantments."
A prizewinning naturalist explores the connection between what we say and how we see. Read full book review >
I'M SUPPOSED TO PROTECT YOU FROM ALL THIS by Nadja Spiegelman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A fascinating, gracefully written glimpse into the complexities of family life, full of secrets, hidden wounds, and survival tips."
All is not as it seems. That's a good rule in life—and especially in family histories, the subject of this elegant memoir. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HEIRESS by Jeffrey Toobin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Despite the lack of participation from Hearst, this is a well-informed, engaging work from a highly capable author."
The ubiquitous legal journalist and author returns with a detailed but swiftly moving account of the 1974 kidnapping that mesmerized the nation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >