Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

His by Jaye Wiegold
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"A deeply religious meditation on how God's love gives meaning to a woman's life."
A woman explores how different principles of Christianity have enabled her to overcome adversity. Read full book review >
Learning to Walk in India by Molly Kate Brown

"An often inspiring account that should find a solid fan base, especially among those interested in the teachings of mindfulness."
A debut memoir detailing the author's struggle to regain physical health and find internal peace during an arduous trip through India. Read full book review >


"An occasionally uneven but emotionally engaging story of one woman's struggle to survive and recover after falling through the cracks of the health care system."
Crew (A Heart for Any Fate, 2015, etc.) shares an agonizing account of prescription drug dependence and withdrawal in this memoir.Read full book review >
My Father's Daughter by Lindy Bruzzone
Released: March 21, 2016

"An important account of hereditary cancer, but it's one that could have been much more focused."
A story of resilience and resourcefulness while battling cancer and other adversities. Read full book review >
Up From Where We've Come by Charles Wright
Released: Oct. 22, 2015

"A remarkable, well-told story of youth."
Wright describes his childhood in the cotton fields of Mississippi in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

UPROOT by Jace Clayton
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An engrossing tour of the global cutting edge, balanced between memoir, musicology, and technology."
Sharply detailed exploration of how technology and globalization have transformed participatory audio culture for top-dollar DJs and African ensembles alike. Read full book review >
SHIRLEY JACKSON by Ruth Franklin
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A consistently interesting biography that deftly captures the many selves and multiple struggles of a true American original."
An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. Read full book review >
JUNIPER by Kelley French
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A fierce and fact-filled love story with few holds barred."
Two skilled journalists collaborate on the most personal of stories: their extremely premature daughter's struggle to survive. Read full book review >
SCREAM by Tama Janowitz
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A tone of whininess undermines the author's sharp perceptions."
Chronicles of fame, mishaps, and assorted grievances. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A limp testament to privileged self-discovery."
The author's experiences working with refugees. Read full book review >
RIVERINE by Angela Palm
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An intelligent, evocative, and richly textured memoir."
The haunting account of how the author tried to escape her rural Indiana past. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"One might wish for more insight into the life of a transplanted Northerner and less emphasis on all-purpose bits of insight and what seems at times a one-sided love story, but it's hard to resist Sullivan's spunky, outgoing personality."
A reality TV star tracks her journey from New Jersey public relations agent to Alabama housewife and mother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >