Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

A Corkscrew Life by Richard Coulson
Released: June 2, 2014

"A keenly observed, fast-paced memoir."
A well-traveled veteran of the legal and business worlds reflects on his experiences in the 20th century and beyond. Read full book review >
ON THE RUN IN THE BLUE NILE by Gizachew Tiruneh
Released: April 12, 2014

"An often engaging perspective into the social and political landscape of revolutionary Ethiopia."
In this debut memoir, an Ethiopian man describes his journey from student to refugee following a revolution. Read full book review >

THE SONG OF SARAH by Charlene Pillow Little
Released: June 29, 2011

"A memoir that has all the same qualities as its author: honesty, energy, and fun."
A Southern woman relates her life story with wit and candor. Read full book review >
CREATURES OF A DAY by Irvin D. Yalom
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A humane, highly knowledgeable glimpse of the therapist's couch."
The doctor is in, and he's ready to listen—and allow us the chance to eavesdrop as he does. Read full book review >
JONATHAN ROBERTS by Gregory P. Wilson
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"An exhaustive biography, which serves as a welcome addition to American Civil War and Quaker history.
Wilson chronicles the life of Jonathan Roberts, a Quaker who served in the Union Army during the Civil War despite his pacifist convictions. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A moving memoir that's particularly timely, given the current health care debate in the United States.
A heart-rending debut nonfiction account of a couple's struggles with insurance companies as they tried to recover from a catastrophic accident. Read full book review >
My Daughter, Her Suicide, and God by Marjorie Antus
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A penetrating, emotionally honest look at the aftermath of suicide, ideal for sharing with others who grieve."
A Virginia woman whose 17-year-old daughter committed suicide explores issues of faith and grief in this excellent debut. Read full book review >
Chicago Law by Joseph A Garofalo
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"Mild lessons and anecdotes from a Chicago man who lifted himself from the middle class."
Worker's compensation lawyer Garofalo recounts his life and law practice in Chicago. Read full book review >
THE HEALER by Beny J. Primm
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"An interesting, informative firsthand account of how medicine and government grappled with two plagues that reshaped society."
One of America's leading experts on addiction battles drugs, HIV, and racism in this absorbing memoir. Read full book review >
VIRGINIA WOOLF by Viviane Forrester
Released: May 19, 2015

"An engrossing, intimate, and deeply empathetic portrayal of a brilliant and enigmatic woman. The book won the 2009 Prix Goncourt in France."
Exploring the palimpsest of a literary life. Read full book review >
Released: March 17, 2015

"Those seeking depictions of graphic sex and the ins and outs of prostitution will dig Hof's salacious memoir. Others should steer clear."
In this sex-drenched memoir, the proprietor of the Las Vegas brothel the Moonlite BunnyRanch spills his guts about the joys of running a stable of women. Read full book review >
NOT FROM HERE by Allan G. Johnson
Released: June 12, 2015

"Readers uncomfortable with the author's message may wish that he did not repeat it so often, and those expecting a son's gentle memoir will be in for a surprise. This is a difficult journey."
One man's journey into his family's past and a sociologist's meditation on white America's history of greed and genocide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >