Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Rubble Fever by Robbi Pounds
Released: July 28, 2015

"A well-constructed, in-the-moment memoir that brings home the stories behind the sensationalism."
In time to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Pounds makes her debut with a vivid memoir that will have readers feeling like they're sloshing through the muck and debris along with her and other evacuees. Read full book review >
Lafayette: His Extraordinary Life and Legacy by Donald Miller
Released: July 31, 2015

"Remarkably detailed portrait of a now-lesser-known icon."
An in-depth profile of Lafayette, "hero of two worlds." Read full book review >

A Life Shared by Margaret Cornell
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"Well-written memoir covering the founding of an unconventional church that might not appeal to the majority of Christian readers."
Cornell's debut memoir recalls her and her husband opening their home while finding their own ways to worship and spread the Gospel. Read full book review >
NEVER ENOUGH by Michael D’Antonio
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An evenhandedly written and aptly timed glimpse of the man behind the mogul."
A straightforward biography of the billionaire Republican presidential hopeful. Read full book review >

"One soldier's chaotic life serves as an instructive microcosm of the American military experience in Vietnam."
Hartman effectively captures the hectic life at a medical clearinghouse in this exhaustive journal of his in country experiences during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

Theological Times by James Farris
Released: July 1, 2015

"A thoughtful consideration of the way modern philosophy has influenced Christian theology."
A philosophical reflection on the author's engagement with modern theological scholarship. Read full book review >
THE RIGHT WRONG MAN by Lawrence Douglas
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An excellent legal-minded elucidation of the long trail toward the conviction of a notorious concentration camp guard. Pair with Richard Rashke's Useful Enemies (2013)."
Nailing a Nazi-era "faceless facilitator of murder." Read full book review >
Growing Old With Grace by Ramakrishna Michaels
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Affecting; seasoned with intellectual maturity as well as spiritual passion."
A chronicle of a life spent at the intersections of Eastern and Western thought. Read full book review >
THE HUNDRED-YEAR WALK by Dawn Anahid MacKeen
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Powerful, terrible stories about what people are willing to do to other people—but leavened with hope and, ultimately, forgiveness."
A freelance journalist debuts with an account of her long effort to retrace the journey of her grandfather, who improbably survived the vast massacre of Armenians during World War I. Read full book review >
LIT UP by David Denby
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An upbeat portrait of fine teachers and the students they inspire."
Teenagers encounter great books and dedicated teachers. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WILL by Bobby Jindal
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Anyone following Jindal's campaign will find nothing new, and much repeated, in this perfunctory book."
Louisiana governor and Republican presidential candidate Jindal shares the tenets of his presidential campaign. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The author shapes his family's labor of a lifetime into a scintillating work of art."
A prizewinning historian recounts his German-Jewish family's time in England during the most turbulent years of the 20th century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Elin Hilderbrand
October 13, 2015

In Winter Stroll, a sequel to last year's holiday novel Winter Street, Elin Hilderbrand improves on the first by delving deeper into the emotional lives of the Quinn clan. Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn and his family busily preparing for the holiday season. Though the year has brought tragedy, the Quinns have much to celebrate: Kelley has reunited with his first wife Margaret, Kevin and Isabelle have a new baby; and Ava is finally dating a nice guy. But when Kelley's estranged wife Mitzi shows up on the island, along with Kevin's devious ex-wife Norah and a dangerously irresistible old fling of Ava's, the Inn is suddenly overrun with romantic feuds, not to mention guests. “Although some of the Quinns' problems are resolved, many are not, happily promising a third installment next year,” our reviewer writes. View video >