Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An enjoyable, if slightly meandering, story of Jamaican culture and wilderness peril."
In this debut memoir, a man recalls a boyhood misadventure in which he and some teenage schoolmates became hopelessly lost in a treacherous jungle. Read full book review >
Celestial Bodies in Orbit by Eve Littlepage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 22, 2012

"An absorbing look at an often misunderstood profession."
A former stripper recounts her experiences on and off the stage. Read full book review >

The Dangers of Pimento Cheese by Andy Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2016

"A hilarious remembrance of a life-changing malady."
A stroke survivor recounts his struggles in and out of the hospital in this debut book. Read full book review >
In My Own Words by Ted Goodrich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 3, 2016

"An inspirational story of recovery from a terrible injury that embraces complexity to great effect."
A sudden accident forces a young man to rediscover basic skills, his family, and his religion. Read full book review >
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY by David Bellos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that explains all the intimacies of 19th-century French life."
A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Read full book review >

CLEMENT ATTLEE by John Bew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"The 'invisible man' gets his well-deserved due in this thorough new biography."
Detailed, philosophical biography of the unprepossessing, longtime leader of the British Labour Party, who laid out a "new deal" for the postwar Britons and cut imperial ties. Read full book review >
WHISTLEBLOWER AT THE CIA by Melvin A. Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"The causes of Goodman's vitriol are indeed worrisome, but his countless repetitions grow wearisome."
A former CIA analyst (1966-1990) deplores what he argues is the increasing deleterious politicization of the agency. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM OF HAPPINESS by Aimee Groth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An intriguing business/sociological chronicle with wider implications for modern corporate practices."
An investigation into the social experiments at the corporate headquarters of Zappos that raises some important questions about entrepreneurship, business management methods, and human values. Read full book review >
NO BARRIERS by Erik Weihenmayer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit."
The first blind man to climb Mount Everest narrates his kayaking descent of 300 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"It's a story that requires lots of insider information of its own kind to write, and Kolhatkar handles the job well though without the narrative flair of Michael Lewis' kindred book Flash Boys."
A formulaic but still intriguing financial cops-and-robbers story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2017

"For food history and presidential history buffs alike, both entertaining and illuminating."
"The White House kitchen is a workplace, just like any other professional kitchen"—except, of course, that it's much more than that, a subject that food historian Miller (Soul Food, 2013) explores with gusto. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Patterson is no Theodore White or Hunter S. Thompson, but he provides a readable, often astute record of a presidential campaign that future generations should ponder with astonishment—and disgust."
Patterson (Eden in Winter, 2014, etc.) takes a break from bestselling thrillers to ponder the solipsisms, slanders, slurs, and slogans of the last electoral cycle. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >