Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Painkillers and Gummi Bears by Gail Frare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A highly readable story of illness, treatment, and its impact on a family."
A mother's memoir of her son's illness and early death. Read full book review >
Yo Miz!  by Elizabeth Rose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A funny, inspiring remembrance of a life devoted to education."
A teacher's memoir of a meandering but deeply purposeful career. Read full book review >

What I've Learned from You by Scott A. Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2015

"An intelligent, sensitive reflection on the practice of medicine."
Kelly's memoir explores the idea that medicine not only mends the body, but can also heal the soul. Read full book review >
DEER ISLAND by Neil Ansell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Stark but lucid, with moments of genuine poetry."
A former British charity worker tells the quietly lyrical story of a peripatetic young adulthood. Read full book review >
SABAN by Monte Burke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A positive though often blunt and unpleasant story of a man who has it all yet remains restive."
A staff writer for Forbes expands to full, generally flattering length a profile of Alabama football coach Nick Saban published in that magazine.Read full book review >

THE THEATER OF WAR by Bryan Doerries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Samples of his adaptations scattered throughout the book demonstrate that Doerries has a knack for putting ancient speeches into powerful modern words; hopefully, a companion volume containing the full texts will follow."
A memoir of a man with a mission, bringing the message of ancient tragedies to modern audiences in need of the comfort of their compelling truths. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2015

"Besides recounting years of subterfuge, media hype, greed, and fraud, Eatwell throws light on Victorian and Edwardian society: aristocratic entitlement and power, numbing poverty, political corruption, and many secret lives."
The tale of a sensational trial that riveted Edwardian England for more than a decade. Read full book review >
WRITING ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2015

"The artistic intensity of life suffuses this epic memoir spanning the 'interior monologues' of a gifted American artist."
Six glorious decades in the life of an iconic artist, poet, and self-described philosophical anarchist. Read full book review >
ONE MAN AGAINST THE WORLD by Tim Weiner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"That project continues, of course, in different hands all these years after Nixon's coverup of a coverup. No one who reads this incisive book will be nostalgic for Nixon, no matter how disastrous his successors."
Sobering, eye-opening study of Richard Nixon's booze-soaked, paranoid White House years and the endless tragedies they wrought. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF IMAGINATION by Michael Witwer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Well-researched but with limited appeal."
A gaming enthusiast pays homage to Gary Gygax (1938-2008), the creator of the swords-and-sorcery role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Read full book review >
My Eyes Looking Back at Me by Menucha Meinstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"A charming and life-affirming biography of survival and community.
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Meinstein's biography of Holocaust survivor Leah Cik Roth, told from her subject's perspective. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An affectionate, sharp-eyed memoir that, while it doesn't add anything groundbreaking to the rock-lit canon, will appeal to Alice Cooper die-hards and fans of his brand of music."
A visit to the magical, blood-spattered world of the Alice Cooper Group, courtesy of Dunaway, the band's bassist, co-songwriter and "theatrical conceptionalist." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >