Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE EDUCATION OF A TRAITOR by Svetlana Grobman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2015

"An intimate look at a young woman's struggle to find her own truth in a repressive society."
Grobman's debut memoir explores her childhood in the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
A Corkscrew Life by Richard Coulson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"A keenly observed, fast-paced memoir."
A well-traveled veteran of the legal and business worlds reflects on his experiences in the 20th century and beyond. Read full book review >

THE SONG OF SARAH by Charlene Pillow Little
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2011

"A memoir that has all the same qualities as its author: honesty, energy, and fun."
A Southern woman relates her life story with wit and candor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A moving memoir that's particularly timely, given the current health care debate in the United States.
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A heart-rending debut nonfiction account of a couple's struggles with insurance companies as they tried to recover from a catastrophic accident. Read full book review >
My Daughter, Her Suicide, and God by Marjorie Antus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A penetrating, emotionally honest look at the aftermath of suicide, ideal for sharing with others who grieve."
A Virginia woman whose 17-year-old daughter committed suicide explores issues of faith and grief in this excellent debut. Read full book review >

Chicago Law by Joseph A Garofalo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"Mild lessons and anecdotes from a Chicago man who lifted himself from the middle class."
Worker's compensation lawyer Garofalo recounts his life and law practice in Chicago. Read full book review >
THE HEALER by Beny J. Primm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"An interesting, informative firsthand account of how medicine and government grappled with two plagues that reshaped society."
One of America's leading experts on addiction battles drugs, HIV, and racism in this absorbing memoir. Read full book review >
VIRGINIA WOOLF by Viviane Forrester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"An engrossing, intimate, and deeply empathetic portrayal of a brilliant and enigmatic woman. The book won the 2009 Prix Goncourt in France."
Exploring the palimpsest of a literary life. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED by Jillian Lauren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Lauren's writing is brave and honest, and she calls out hypocrisy wherever she sees it and shines a light on the challenges faced during the adoption process."
Exploring how we see identity through the process of adoption. Read full book review >
THE COLONEL AND HUG by Steve Steinberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"A top-notch sports biography."
Many baseball fans think it was Babe Ruth who elevated the fledgling (and flagging) New York Yankees team. In this authoritative new work, Steinberg and Spatz (1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, 2010) shine a light on the indispensable contributions of two behind-the-scenes magicians.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bountiful literary history that maps the work of 'an intellectual orchestra, a gathering of sparkling talents in a common cause, each participant the master of his own chosen field.'"
How a "circle of instigators" thrived in mid-20th-century England. Read full book review >
AGNES MARTIN by Nancy Princenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"The author's deep research and personal correspondence with the artist will be enlightening to fans of Martin and will encourage others to seek out her work."
Writing a biography of Agnes Martin (1912-2004) is a study in frustration, but former Art in America senior editor Princenthal (School of the Visual Arts; Hannah Wilke, 2010, etc.) manages to piece together a story while getting beyond her subject's well-guarded privacy.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 >