Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE HOME THAT WAS OUR COUNTRY by Alia Malek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Provocative, richly detailed reading."
A Syrian-American journalist/civil rights lawyer interweaves narratives about her family with the history of modern Syria. Read full book review >
DEBRIEFING THE PRESIDENT by John Nixon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An intelligent and readable postscript to the Iraq War that will be valuable for future historians."
A report on the CIA's interrogation of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (1937-2006). Read full book review >

INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A unique and exuberant celebration of life and love."
A photographer and distinguished nonfiction writer's account about starting over at midlife in New York City and falling in love with famed neurologist Oliver Sacks. Read full book review >
YOU SAY TO BRICK by Wendy Lesser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A splendid biography that penetrates the inner lives of Kahn's buildings as well as the inner life of their creator."
A new, in-depth biography of the noted American architect. Read full book review >
Belvidere Estate - Fédon's House by Herman G. Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Childhood memories alternate with scenes of revolution and defeat in this complex work from a promising new voice."
A bloody 18th-century rebellion lives long in the memory of a Caribbean estate in Hall's debut memoir. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A breezily funny, but sharp meditation on the meandering path to a spiritual awakening."
A personal reflection recounts one man's lifetime odyssey from the celebration of reason to a submission to faith. Read full book review >
TRAVELING WITH GHOSTS by Shannon Leone Fowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A courageous and finely crafted account soaked in tears of love and loss."
A marine biologist who suffered a grievous loss when she was in her 20s debuts with a wrenching account of that loss, her ensuing suffering, and her attempts to regain a sense of purpose. Read full book review >
ROSALIND by Angela Thirlwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A model of popular Shakespearean scholarship: engagingly accessible and contagiously enthusiastic."
Thirlwell (Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown, 2010, etc.) turns to a fictional subject in her charming appraisal of the gender-bending protagonist of As You Like It. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A fine biography of a man who played an essential role in post-World War II American science and deserves to be better known."
The life and work of "an expert in technology" who is largely forgotten outside the world of physics. Read full book review >
CASEY STENGEL by Marty Appel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"One of the more skilled biographies baseball fans could hope to find."
Sports journalist Appel (Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, 2012, etc.) delves deeply into the baseball career and personal life of Casey Stengel (1890-1975), a solid player and legendary manager. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A pleasing slice of baseball nostalgia that offers relevance to today's game."
The history of a fascinating franchise during professional baseball's colorful 1970s era. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL by John Avlon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful consideration of Washington's wisdom that couldn't be timelier."
Why George Washington's last message proves apposite to our own time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >