Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

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 >
YOUR BAND SUCKS by Jon Fine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"'I don't regret a thing,' writes Fine, and neither will readers who live vicariously through the author's eyes and memory."
The short shelf of great books on indie rock adds another—an unlikely memoir about an obscure band that somehow found demand for its reunion in the Internet age. Read full book review >

UNDER THE SAME SKY by Joseph Kim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A courageous and inspiring memoir."
A college student tells the story of how he survived an unimaginably difficult childhood and adolescence growing up in North Korea. Read full book review >
BASTARDS by Mary Anna King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 2015

"A poignant memoir that thoughtfully examines a set of difficult and unique family relationships."
A young woman's account of how a dysfunctional family situation caused her to become separated from her six siblings but how all seven still managed to reconnect. Read full book review >
WONDERING WHO YOU ARE by Sonya Lea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2015

"A forthright memoir that narrates an engrossing journey of self-discovery and fierce devotion."
A wife's tale of loss and recovery. Read full book review >

TY COBB by Charles Leerhsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Cobb was indeed a bruised peach but, as the author shows convincingly, not a thoroughly rotten one."
The former executive editor of Sports Illustrated explores the idea that Tyrus Raymond Cobb (1886-1961), perhaps the greatest player in baseball history, was also a violent, racist, roundly hated person. Read full book review >
IN A FRENCH KITCHEN by Susan Herrmann Loomis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2015

"A tempting and helpful guide to delectable food."
A warm invitation to the French table. Read full book review >
DON’T TRUST, DON’T FEAR, DON’T BEG by Ben Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An uneven account of an intriguing environmental story."
A detailed account of a headline-making Arctic oil protest. Read full book review >
WRITING ON THE WALL by Mumia Abu-Jamal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"Bracing polemics that will appeal primarily to the Occupy demographic."
Anthology of prison writing by a radical icon. Read full book review >
FIVE NIGHTS IN PARIS by John Baxter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"This is not a walking guide to Paris, but it is most certainly a guide to seeing and knowing Paris, one no Francophile should be without."
Having lived in Paris for more than 20 years, Baxter (The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, 2011, etc.), a guide to literary walks through the city, won't show you exactly which streets to follow; rather, he'll teach you how to know Paris and truly feel the enjoyment of flânerie.Read full book review >
LEAVING ORBIT by Margaret Lazarus Dean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"One of those books you can't put down, don't want to finish, and won't soon forget."
Beguiled at an early age by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Dean (English/Univ. of Tennessee; The Time It Takes to Fall, 2007) deftly chronicles the history of American spaceflight and what the end of the space program means for American culture.Read full book review >
HOW DANTE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE by Rod Dreher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"As a well-written chronicle of choice between the 'success' of big cities and life in the far simpler world of old traditions and deep family ties, the book is both heartwarming and frustrating—certainly more confessional memoir than guide to Dante (a fact the author readily admits)."
American Conservative senior editor Dreher (The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life, 2013) shares his search for his family's acceptance, looking for answers from his church, his therapist, and Dante's Divine Comedy.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >