Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

HOOD by Luke Timmerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2016

"A fine tribute to a forerunner of today's personalized medicine and wellness monitoring; Hood deserves to be a household name."
A debut biography examines a biologist whose DNA sequencing work paved the way for the Human Genome Project. Read full book review >
HONOR YOUR JOURNEY by Shirley J. Gilbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"An impassioned, if at times unfocused, plea for making the world a better place by identifying and addressing the impediments to good mental health."
Part workbook, part memoir, this self-help guide offers a plan for getting beyond trauma-induced pain to enjoy a better quality of life. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2016

"Access to family archives and new material provides the basis for a worthy history of little-known artists."
A biography focuses on two prolific and award-winning 20th-century illustrators. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A haunting but inspiriting remembrance."
In this debut personal memoir, a woman recounts her youthful struggles with religious extremism. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES OF A BIOGRAPHER by Natalie S. Bober
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2016

"Valuable insights into the work of a biographer and the lives of her subjects."
A book offers a diverse collection of memories and advice about a career as a biographer. Read full book review >

BLESS YOUR LITTLE COTTON SOCKS by Diane Radford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A loving remembrance told with humor and cheer."
One woman's sentimental memoir about her colorful mother. Read full book review >
KNOCKING AT THE OPEN DOOR by R.E. Mark Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"Thorough, if dry, recollections from a guru's follower."
A debut philosophical memoir describes the life of a spiritual thinker's devotee. Read full book review >
SHANGHAI FAITHFUL by Jennifer Lin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"An useful, interesting book for students of modern Chinese history and of missionary Christianity."
A Christian odyssey through three centuries of Chinese history. Read full book review >
LENIN, HITLER, AND ME by Boris Kochanowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"A stirring recollection of the impact of global politics on one man's family."
In a posthumously published memoir, a Russian man relives the turbulence of revolution and war in the 20th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An uneven war story that will appeal to aficionados of the Pacific theater and wartime espionage."
Bringing to light a little-known facet of the Pacific theater in World War II. Read full book review >
NARROW RIVER, WIDE SKY by Jenny Forrester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A modest, thoughtful memoir that traces hard-won liberation from the past."
The landscape and culture of west Colorado are vividly evoked in an accomplished literary debut. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S LIEUTENANTS by Stephen W. Sears
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A staggering work of research by a masterly historian."
From "Old Fuss and Feathers" Winfield Scott to Ulysses S. Grant, the succession of Northern generals during the Civil War receives a thorough scouring in this massive, elegant study. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >