Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

TWISTED by Bert Ashe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Sometimes hair is just hair, though the dreadlocked professor rarely leaves it at that."
Much ado about dreadlocks. Read full book review >
BELIEVER by David Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Obama has been profiled many times but seldom with so practical an outlook. An excellent view of politics from the inside."
Longtime political adviser Axelrod, late of the White House, tells most of what he's seen in the cloakroom. Read full book review >

THE STORY OF ALICE by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2015

"The magic of the work is well-served here but with just a bit too much extraneous information."
Douglas-Fairhurst (English Literature/Magdalen Coll., Oxford;Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist, 2011, etc.) delivers a biography of Charles Dodgson (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, that might be better described as a sociological study of Victorian England.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"War is hell, and hell is other people. In this serviceable account, Edmonds assures us that both adages are true."
Sometimes harrowing memoir of time spent on the battleground in Iraq and its psychic consequences. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Provides unique insights into a community intent on moving forward."
A former gang leader and an academic researcher team up to bring about change in a struggling community. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 2015

"Filled with a life-affirming sincerity that challenges us to put our lives in greater perspective."
A memoir of faith and perseverance after a dramatically life-altering circumstance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A methodical opus comprising intensive memoir and inquisitive investigation."
An exacting inquiry into Shakespeare's First Folio and the art of extreme book collecting, demonstrated by the life of a pathological bibliophile. Read full book review >
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators."
A charmingly pared-down life of the "boys" that grounds their dream of flight in decent character and work ethic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A fast-moving and readable yet unsurprising tale of wealth and power in the new Russia."
The rise and fall of a single oligarch as a gaudy microcosm of post-communist Russia. Read full book review >
YEAR OF THE DUNK by Asher Price
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"In this briskly paced book, readers will recognize the courage and tenacity of everyday competitors and the power and awe-inspiring achievements of elite athletes."
Austin American-Statesman energy and environment reporter Price seeks to overcome his "genetic foibles" in pursuit of a singular and profound experience: dunking an NBA basketball. Read full book review >
STALIN'S DAUGHTER by Rosemary Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"The author manages suspense and intrigue at every turn."
A biography of haunting fascination portrays its subject as a pawn of historical circumstance who tried valiantly to create her own life. Read full book review >
THE GREAT DETECTIVE by Zach Dundas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bright read for Sherlock's fans."
A lively look at the enduring detective. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >