Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Released: Sept. 23, 2013

"Succeeds as both individual homage and in enlarging appreciation for military sacrifice."
A tribute biography to an Air Force combat controller killed in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
Dear Prudence by Prudence Farrow Bruns
Released: June 26, 2015

"A moving, spiritual account of a search for meaning through meditation."
A woman depicted in one of the Beatles' most famous songs tells her story. Read full book review >

Touching the Hem of Heaven by Jay Desind
Released: July 1, 2015

"Compelling photos whose color, composition, and subjects invite lingering attention."
Text and photographs document the author's 2010 trip to Nepal, undertaken in hopes of escape and discovery. Read full book review >
American Sons by Christopher Boyce
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"A compelling, immersive memoir of crime, punishment, and the redemptive qualities of love and atonement."
A catharticmemoir retracing the lives of the real men behind The Falcon and the Snowman espionage chronicle and the 1985 movie it inspired. Read full book review >

"A simple, uniquely intimate gateway resource into the early history of American Samoa as well as the influences of colonialism."
A recovered family photo album showcases the early days of American Samoa under a naval administration from 1907 to 1913. Read full book review >

Martial Bliss. by Margaretta Barton Colt
Released: June 17, 2015

"An engrossing, delightful descent into a life of books."
Colt (Defend The Valley, 1994) tells the story of a Manhattan-based mom-and-pop military bookstore in this memoir.Read full book review >
An Immigrant's Journey into the Cosmos by N. Y. Misconi
Released: May 18, 2015

"Although occasionally too technical, an autobiography with universal appeal."
In Misconi's (Studies of A Laser/Nuclear Thermal Hardened Body Armor, 1992, etc.) third book, an Iraqi native follows his dream and becomes one of the top space scientists in the United States. Read full book review >
Death Is Not "The End" by Mandy Berlin
Released: June 3, 2015

"Fans of the movie Ghost will enjoy this tale of love surviving death."
A skeptic gains a new outlook on life after her husband's premature death from cancer. Read full book review >
TIME FLIES by Alex Kaufman
Released: March 10, 2015

"A charming, often funny series of remembrances."
A collection of autobiographical stories that charts a man's meandering search for new experiences and ideas. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF K2 by Mick Conefrey
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Most of us will never experience K2. Conefrey leaves readers with both tremendous admiration for and an appreciation of the consequences for those who succeed in an adventure so physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing."
Chronicling the superhuman efforts to climb, though never conquer, the "Savage Mountain." Read full book review >
SAM PHILLIPS by Peter Guralnick
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A wonderful story that brings us deep into that moment when America made race music its own and gave rise to the rock sound now heard around the world."
A monumental biography of the larger-than-life loner who fought for the acceptance of black music and discovered an extraordinary group of poor, country-boy singers whose records would transform American popular culture. Read full book review >
AUGUSTINE by Robin Lane Fox
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An erudite and ordered reading of Augustine's Confessions and a worthy addition to any library on early Christianity."
A comprehensive literary biography of the great Christian thinker Augustine (354-430). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >