Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Bringing Life by Joshua Atkinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"An often engaging, personal account of a complicated subject."
Atkinson's debut memoir recounts the hardships and rewards of working to develop war-torn Afghanistan. Read full book review >
Dear Prudence by Prudence Farrow Bruns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2015

"A moving, spiritual account of a search for meaning through meditation."
A woman depicted in one of the Beatles' most famous songs tells her story. Read full book review >

Touching the Hem of Heaven by Jay Desind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Compelling photos whose color, composition, and subjects invite lingering attention."
Text and photographs document the author's 2010 trip to Nepal, undertaken in hopes of escape and discovery. Read full book review >
American Sons by Christopher Boyce
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"A compelling, immersive memoir of crime, punishment, and the redemptive qualities of love and atonement."
A catharticmemoir retracing the lives of the real men behind The Falcon and the Snowman espionage chronicle and the 1985 movie it inspired. Read full book review >
FWD March by George Scott Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2015

"A rare glimpse into the color guard lifestyle with personal touches that rescue the book from becoming pure pageantry."
Chandler's debut memoir takes readers behind the scenes of the little-understood world of color guard. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A simple, uniquely intimate gateway resource into the early history of American Samoa as well as the influences of colonialism."
A recovered family photo album showcases the early days of American Samoa under a naval administration from 1907 to 1913. Read full book review >
Martial Bliss. by Margaretta Barton Colt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2015

"An engrossing, delightful descent into a life of books."
Colt (Defend The Valley, 1994) tells the story of a Manhattan-based mom-and-pop military bookstore in this memoir.Read full book review >
An Immigrant's Journey into the Cosmos by N. Y. Misconi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 2015

"Although occasionally too technical, an autobiography with universal appeal."
In Misconi's (Studies of A Laser/Nuclear Thermal Hardened Body Armor, 1992, etc.) third book, an Iraqi native follows his dream and becomes one of the top space scientists in the United States. Read full book review >
Death Is Not "The End" by Mandy Berlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2015

"Fans of the movie Ghost will enjoy this tale of love surviving death."
A skeptic gains a new outlook on life after her husband's premature death from cancer. Read full book review >
TIME FLIES by Alex Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A charming, often funny series of remembrances."
A collection of autobiographical stories that charts a man's meandering search for new experiences and ideas. Read full book review >
SIDEWALKING by David L. Ulin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Those who know the city will have the advantage, but Ulin casts his net widely, so most readers will enjoy his observations of Los Angeles in literary and popular art as well as his thoughtful personal views."
Writers love New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. They do not ignore Los Angeles, but love is often in short supply, writes book critic and former Los Angeles Times book editor Ulin (The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, 2010, etc.) in this mostly affectionate, rambling exploration of his adopted city. Read full book review >
THE ART OF THE PUBLISHER by Roberto Calasso
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A treat for book lovers, especially those who lust for the productions of Feltrinelli, Bompiani, and, of course, Adelphi."
The eminent Italian litteratus and publisher brings learning and passion to this chronicle of the business of getting books into the hands of readers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >