Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

MOST AMERICAN by Rilla Askew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An eloquently thoughtful memoir in essays."
A respected novelist muses on the tortured nature of her relationship to the state where she was born and raised. Read full book review >
THE FLIGHT by Dan Hampton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A celebration of a heroic feat sure to interest fans of aviation history."
A historic flight recounted in vivid detail. Read full book review >

THE DREAM COLONY by Walter  Hopps
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Sharply drawn sketches and illuminating anecdotes make this book a treat for art lovers."
Intimate memories from an acclaimed curator and museum director. Read full book review >
MEMORY'S LAST BREATH by Gerda Saunders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A courageous, richly textured, and unsparing memoir."
A former gender studies professor's memoir about living and remembering her life in the face of dementia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A dazzling, richly researched story impeccably told."
A masterful tale of music, social, and economic history. Read full book review >

BORN TO CREATE by Rosalie H. Contino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"An absorbing and inspiring tale of dreams deferred but ultimately fulfilled.
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A memoir encourages people of all ages to pursue their passions, artistic or otherwise. Read full book review >
A GREAT HONOR by Alan S. Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2016

"An enjoyable book from start to finish, filled with historical events and personal reflections."
A debut memoir examines a life in motion: planes, trains, and automobiles. Read full book review >
BODY AND SOUL by Panthea Reid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Reid vividly depicts both her husband's sickness and her own feelings of loss and guilt in this memoir."
A recently widowed college professor looks back on her marriage and the death of her husband. Read full book review >
IT’S MY LIFE, AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TOO by Kimberly D. Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"A heated but forthright account of one woman's trials."
Holmes' memoir relates her struggle with a mental health disorder, drug addiction, and the complexities of everyday life. Read full book review >
PROUD AMERICAN by
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A candid recollection of a challenging but rewarding life."
In this debut personal memoir, Tinoco details his hard-fought ascendancy out of poverty to a life of military service. Read full book review >
PATTON by Jim Sudmeier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A radical new biography that should interest historians, military strategists, and psychologists."
A revisionist history of Gen. George S. Patton that attributes his famously erratic behavior to a personality disorder. Read full book review >
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME by Sherman Alexie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Despite some repetition, this is a powerful, brutally honest memoir about a mother and the son who loved her."
The story of the popular Native American author's difficult upbringing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >