Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

CROWN OF BLOOD by Nicola Tallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Readers will share Tallis' sympathy with the devout, passive Jane but also approve of her emphasis on the more powerful, ambitious, and unpleasant men and women that surrounded her."
A new biography of the Nine Day Queen, "a young lady sacrificed through the actions of powerful and ambitious manipulators in the complex world of sixteenth-century politics." Read full book review >
Rotting Floorboards and Debut Dreams by Kathryn Allen Rabuzzi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"An affecting autobiography that reflects philosophically on the perils of remembrance."
A debut memoir recounts one woman's emotionally dysfunctional upbringing. Read full book review >

BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A superb memoir by any standard, but one of the best to have been written by a rock star."
The Boss speaks—and he does so as both journeyman rocker and philosopher king. Read full book review >
Burning the Vines by Michelle Mazal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A heart-rending story of the triumph of spirit over circumstance."
Debut author Mazal writes of living with a violent, alcoholic father in this memoir from Down Under. Read full book review >
One of the King's Men by Estelle Everingham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"An emotional account of a short life rooted in Christianity."
An Australian mother's debut memoir recalls the childhood and accidental death of her son, whose life revolved around his faith. Read full book review >

LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY by Leslie Bennetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A thorough, sweeping look at the woman who pioneered the idea that 'outrageousness can be cleansing and healthy' and the turbulent personality that brought it to life."
The life and legacy of Joan Rivers (1933-2014). Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF THE TUDORS by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A mostly entertaining mixture of esoteric social history and well-known details of the personal lives of Tudor monarchs."
Amusing, well-researched biographies of rulers from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, focused on how they were born, dressed, ate, washed, slept, played, and died. Read full book review >
OCTAVIA E. BUTLER by Gerry Canavan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Scholarship for science-fiction scholars."
A deep reading of the work of the late science-fiction master. Read full book review >
THE TURTLE'S BEATING HEART by Denise Low
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An engagingly written mix of research, reportage, and memoir, infused with the passion of discovery."
A poet and professor comes to terms with her Native American heritage. Read full book review >
MINCEMEAT by Leonardo Lucarelli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A wickedly candid memoir."
An Italian chef's no-holds-barred memoir of his love-hate relationship with cooking and the cutthroat world of restaurant cuisine. Read full book review >
BOOKS FOR LIVING by Will Schwalbe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"In an age when the number of readers is declining, a delightful book like this might just snare a few new recruits."
A self-help book about books. Read full book review >
BLACK SUNSET by Clancy Sigal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"As a more in-control memoir, this could have been a rich gold mine about Hollywood legends and lore."
Inside the chaotic Hollywood of the 1950s. 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 >