Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE STORY by Judith Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Miller might possess just cause, but one-sided, bitter accounts of her disputes feel unworthy of a talented journalist."
Miller (God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting From a Militant Middle East, 1997, etc.) offers her account of her ignominious departure from the New York Times in 2005 due to her allegedly inaccurate coverage about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Read full book review >
DAMAGE CONTROL by Phil Slott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Although ostensibly written for caretakers and TBI survivors, this compelling read will comfort anyone who needs inspiration for overcoming an incredibly daunting situation."
From husband and wife authors Slott (Never let 'em see you sweat, 2014, etc.) and Spears, a touching, frank, and unsparing depiction of the trauma, initial recovery, and ongoing challenges surrounding traumatic brain injury (TBI). Read full book review >

HERE THERE IS NO WHY by Rachel Roth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"A well-observed, heartbreaking memoir of the Holocaust."
In her debut memoir, Roth recounts her experiences as a Jewish teenager in Poland during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
WHO, ME? by Donald Spatafora
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"An inspirational story that's both wise and winsome."
A Texas retiree recounts the tale of his late-in-life religious awakening in this charming debut memoir. Read full book review >
NO FEAR by Carine Colas Diallo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"An inspirational memoir that may leave readers wishing for less resume, more life."
A Haitian-born woman explains how she learned to live without fear in this memoir of her highly successful professional life. Read full book review >

ENCHANTED AIR by Margarita Engle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"As so many of our children are immigrants or children of immigrants, we need more of these stories, especially when they are as beautifully told as this one. (Cold War timeline, author's note) (Poetry/memoir. 10 & up)"
"It really is possible to feel / like two people / at the same time, / when your parents / grandparents / memories / words / come from two / different / worlds." Read full book review >
PUTINISM by Walter Laqueur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2015

"An erudite and unsettling but convincing argument that the new Russia is a dictatorship 'approved by the majority as long as the going is good,' and if Putin were to vanish today, his successor would make few changes."
Relief at the end of the Cold War lasted barely a decade before observers began wondering if it was returning, this time under a pugnacious, quasi-Stalin: Vladimir Putin. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF GOLF by Joe Posnanski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Some stellar shots, a few slices and hooks, and a couple putts that hang on the lip."
An award-winning sports journalist charts the careers of and competition between Watson (the younger) and Nicklaus (the elder) as they dominated golf in the 1970s and beyond. Read full book review >
HAYDÉE SANTAMARÍA, CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY by Margaret Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2015

"Pure praise for Santamaría and Cuba. Those seeking a history of Cuba should look elsewhere, since Randall provides a glimpse of the Cuban point of view under which the only difficulties were caused by those nasty bullies in the United States."
Prolific writer and translator Randall (About Little Charlie Lindbergh and Other Poems, 2014, etc.) touches on history only as background for her brief but admiring portrait of a woman involved in Cuba's revolution from the very beginning. Read full book review >
THE NURSES by Alexandra Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"An insightful perspective on the realities of crucial health care providers."
An intimate look at the lives of nurses. Read full book review >
DRIVING HUNGRY by Layne Mosler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Mosler's lively and accessible writing style joyfully captures the satisfaction gained by trusting your instincts and seeking out new places, food, and people."
Building on the success of her blog, Taxi Gourmet, Mosler recounts the story of her transcontinental search for a vocation, which propelled the author into dancing in tango clubs in Buenos Aires, becoming a cab driver in New York City, and falling in love with the city of Berlin. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE OF TWENTY THOUSAND BOOKS by Sasha Abramsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"If you finish this brilliant, realized book thinking you need to own more books, you're to be forgiven. A wonderful celebration of the mind, history, and love."
Memoir of Jewish intellectual life and universal history alike, told through a houseful of books, their eccentric collectors, and the rooms in which they dwelled. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >