Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

FASTEST THINGS ON WINGS by Terry Masear
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Not just for birders, this captivating book brims with warmth, humor, and drama that will have wide appeal."
The frantic, rewarding life of a hummingbird-rescue hotline worker. Read full book review >
I, MIGRANT by Sami Shah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Humor at its most vigorous and unsparing."
A Pakistani-born comic's account of how he sought salvation in stand-up comedy and then found a new home in Australia. Read full book review >

A THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM by Eunsun Kim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"An urgent cry for compassion for the author's fellow North Koreans, trapped and strangled of liberty and life."
A sobering account of survival of the fittest in North Korea by a young woman on the run for nearly a decade. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Fascinating reading about an intriguing woman."
Investigative journalist Goldberg (The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, 2009, etc.) fluidly explores the extraordinary life of Indra Devi (1899-2002), the woman who helped transform the ancient Indian discipline of yoga into a worldwide phenomenon.Read full book review >
GEORGE THE DOG, JOHN THE ARTIST by John Dolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A disarmingly modest yet profound tale of redemption."
The story of a desperately poor Londoner and a twice-abandoned Staffordshire bull terrier named George poses the question, "Who rescued whom?" Read full book review >

GRANDPA'S WISDOM by J Blasiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An engaging memoir full of cogent adages distilled from a lifetime of compassionate observation.
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A brief divorce memoir built on a foundation of sensible advice. Read full book review >
OUT OF SILENCE by Martin Beck Matustik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"An important examination of what it means to discover one's self, and to reclaim one's sense of belonging."
A philosophically charged memoir of a man connecting with a Jewish heritage that he only discovered later in life. Read full book review >
JACKIE by John Tammela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Charming, humorously observed boyhood anecdotes."
In his debut childhood memoir, Tammela recalls his various escapades while growing up in late 1930s and early1940s Niagara Falls, Canada. Read full book review >
Yearning for Normal by Susan Ellison Busch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A moving, intelligent examination of raising a child with a disability."
A nurse tells her personal story of having a child with a severe genetic disorder. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A testament to the human spirit of perseverance in the face of danger and dislocation."
A depiction of the horrors of the second world war, as told largely through van Houten's parents' love letters and diary entries. Read full book review >
NAKED AT LUNCH by Mark Haskell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A thoughtful and entertaining analysis of why so many still want to ditch their clothes and let it all hang out."
An open-minded writer drops his skivvies at various locations around the world in an amusing and earnest attempt to understand the appeal of nudism. Read full book review >
THAT THING YOU DO WITH YOUR MOUTH by Samantha Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An insightful, thought-provoking probe into the impulses of sexual desire."
A collection of musings on actress Matthews' sexual history, including several incidents of abuse as a child—as told to and arranged by critic Shields (How Literature Saved My Life, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >