Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

My Life by Colette Keefe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2015

"Convincing, if overwhelming, account of abuse."
In her debut memoir, a 55-year-old Canadian woman relates her experiences with childhood sexual abuse, a narcissistic mother, and mental illness. Read full book review >
100 Years in the Life of an American Girl by Suzanne Sherman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"A useful sourcebook and an entertaining read."
This nonfiction collection offers more than 50 entertaining, informative memoir pieces about American girlhood from 1910 to 2010. Read full book review >

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY by Daphine Priscilla Brown-Jack
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2015

"Heartfelt but opaque."
Criminal allegations against her husband test a woman's faith and a family's fortitude, as recounted in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
Twisted Broad by Nicole Jackson Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2015

"A friendly look at sex and love for a specific audience."
A sexually savvy collection of blog posts and original material. Read full book review >
ALLY by Michael B. Oren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Even before its publication, Oren's book has been attacked, based on culls of provocative pieces. Readers would do well to attend to the entire text of this fluent, important political memoir."
The former Israeli ambassador to the United States balances his personal story with his ambassadorial history. Read full book review >

WELLINGTON by Rory Muir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Almost certainly not the last word on Wellington but, for now, the most definitive biography of him."
Australian historian Muir (Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814, 2013, etc.) completes his suitably imposing biography of the Iron Duke, guiding him from war to an uneasy peacetime. Read full book review >
THE SHIFT by Theresa Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An empathetic and absorbing narrative as riveting as a TV drama."
A registered nurse recounts a typical shift. Read full book review >
THE GOOD STORY by J.M. Coetzee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Caveat lector: the authors, both intellectual heavyweights, focus much more on psychology—and group psychology, where Coetzee keeps pushing the discussion—than on literature."
A discussion between the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and a clinical psychologist on the narratives that their work shares. Read full book review >
WHERE THE BODIES WERE BURIED by T.J. English
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"English provides an intriguing angle for hard-core mob enthusiasts or followers of the Bulger story, who will eat it up. Those without prior knowledge, however, may lose interest."
English (The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge, 2011, etc.) explores the organized crime underworld of Whitey Bulger.Read full book review >
THE SENATOR NEXT DOOR by Amy Klobuchar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A flawed but deeply personal recounting of one woman's rise through the political ranks."
A comprehensive autobiography by the first female U.S. senator from Minnesota. Read full book review >
GIRL IN THE WOODS by Aspen Matis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A memoir of self-discovery by a young writer who still has more work to do."
Finding redemption after trauma. Read full book review >
THE NEW TSAR by Steven Lee Myers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A highly effective portrait of a frighteningly powerful autocrat."
The reptilian, poker-faced former KGB agent, now Russian president seemingly for life, earns a fair, engaging treatment in the hands of New York Times journalist Myers.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >