Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

LENIN, HITLER, AND ME by Boris Kochanowsky
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"A stirring recollection of the impact of global politics on one man's family."
In a posthumously published memoir, a Russian man relives the turbulence of revolution and war in the 20th century. Read full book review >
Released: May 2, 2017

"An uneven war story that will appeal to aficionados of the Pacific theater and wartime espionage."
Bringing to light a little-known facet of the Pacific theater in World War II. Read full book review >

NARROW RIVER, WIDE SKY by Jenny Forrester
Released: May 16, 2017

"A modest, thoughtful memoir that traces hard-won liberation from the past."
The landscape and culture of west Colorado are vividly evoked in an accomplished literary debut. Read full book review >
Released: April 25, 2017

"A staggering work of research by a masterly historian."
From "Old Fuss and Feathers" Winfield Scott to Ulysses S. Grant, the succession of Northern generals during the Civil War receives a thorough scouring in this massive, elegant study. Read full book review >
30 DAYS A BLACK MAN by Bill Steigerwald
Released: April 1, 2017

"Sprigle's audacity was forgotten, but Steigerwald turns it into rollicking, haunting American history."
Fascinating account of an anti-Jim Crow muckraking adventure. Read full book review >

GOLDEN by Marcus Thompson II
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fans of the Warriors and especially of Curry will enjoy the book, which has its virtues in terms of depth and insight, but the rest can wait until Curry's career is over for a more fully fleshed and less-adulatory biography."
A hagiographic look at an NBA star with a lot of career ahead of him. Read full book review >
LOVE AND TROUBLE by Claire Dederer
Released: May 12, 2017

"Insightful, provocative, and fearlessly frank, Dederer seduces readers with her warmth, wit, and wisdom."
A fierce new memoir from the essayist and longtime New York Times contributor. Read full book review >
GONE by Min Kym
Released: April 25, 2017

"A pellucid memoir of letting go and coming to terms."
A child prodigy suffers a great loss and then finds herself. Read full book review >
OUT OF LINE by Barbara Lynch
Released: April 11, 2017

"A rugged tale of a self-made woman in a high-stress profession."
A celebrated Boston-area chef rehearses her rugged Southie background, her rise into the ranks of the elite restaurateurs, and her various personal doings and demons. Read full book review >
MY CUBS by Scott Simon
Released: April 11, 2017

"A pleasant, slight memoir with a happy ending."
The NPR Weekend Edition host offers an extended personal essay about his lifelong infatuation with the Chicago Cubs. Read full book review >
FLIGHT PATH by Hannah Palmer
Released: April 4, 2017

"A thoughtful, eclectic account of what infrastructure progress can leave in its wake."
A young writer retraces her search for former homes lost to a unique form of urban sprawl. Read full book review >
MID-LIFE EX-WIFE by Stella Grey
Released: May 2, 2017

"A frank, guileless, and useful account of a 50-something's search for love through online dating services."
One woman's adventures in the online dating scene. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >