Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Highly readable and sufficiently evocative to sense the scent of sea air in the pages."
Hinman (Tightwads on the Loose, 2012) serves up a second real-life maritime adventure.Read full book review >
STILL STANDING by Vickie Mabry-Height
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A short memoir, but one that's packed with advice."
In her debut memoir, Mabry-Height recounts her struggles against racism and sexism as she worked to achieve success in the medical field. Read full book review >

FLAUBERT IN THE RUINS OF PARIS by Peter Brooks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Flaubert's writing is vitally important to anyone seeking to understand the history of the period, and Brooks provides a scholarly but not inaccessible entry point."
Detailed examination of Gustave Flaubert's historical novel Sentimental Education (1869) and how it may have prophesied the "terrible year" of 1871. Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO HATE YOUR HUSBAND AFTER KIDS by Jancee Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A highly readable account of how solid research and personal testing of self-help techniques saved a couple's marriage after the birth of their child."
Self-help advice and personal reflections on avoiding spousal fights while raising children. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A gripping chronicle by a daring pilot with an indomitable spirit."
A memoir from an Air National Guard pilot who was shot down on a search-and-rescue mission during her third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Read full book review >

THE FAMILY GENE by Joselin Linder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Linder successfully integrates cutting-edge genetic research into her personal quest."
How the author and her family have come to terms with the knowledge that they are the carriers of a fatal genetic mutation. Read full book review >
MARILYN IN MANHATTAN by Elizabeth Winder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A touching, textured, and compellingly written slice of the iconic actress's life."
Marilyn Monroe's whirlwind engagement with New York City receives a fitting reflection. Read full book review >
THE DEAD INSIDE by Cyndy Etler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Raw and absorbing, Etler's voice captivates. (author's note) (Memoir. 15 & up)"
In this debut memoir, Etler takes readers on a harrowing journey into Straight Inc., a nightmarish drug rehab that used controversial methods to "treat" its patients. Read full book review >
MY TRIP ABROAD, 1902-1903 BY RUTH KENT by Charles C. Cox, III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2016

"A glimpse into the past that is more intriguing for the details of the period that it reveals than for the narrative it presents."
The past is brought to life in this reproduction of an early 20th-century travel journal. Read full book review >
DEEP UNDERCOVER by Jack Barsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An intriguing inside look at international espionage."
The making of "an undercover agent spying on behalf of the Soviet Union." Read full book review >
A SURGEON IN THE VILLAGE by Tony Bartelme
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A highly inspirational story about sustainable global health measures."
The story of an American brain surgeon in Tanzania and the work he has done to develop surgeons in the East African country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A stirring book that explores numerous aspects of racism in Alabama and the nation as a whole."
An examination of an infamous 1957 conviction of a young, black Army veteran for the murder of a white police officer that more broadly delineates the struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >