Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Rotting Floorboards and Debut Dreams by Kathryn Allen Rabuzzi
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"An affecting autobiography that reflects philosophically on the perils of remembrance."
A debut memoir recounts one woman's emotionally dysfunctional upbringing. Read full book review >
BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A superb memoir by any standard, but one of the best to have been written by a rock star."
The Boss speaks—and he does so as both journeyman rocker and philosopher king. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An engagingly written mix of research, reportage, and memoir, infused with the passion of discovery."
A poet and professor comes to terms with her Native American heritage. Read full book review >
MINCEMEAT by Leonardo Lucarelli
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A wickedly candid memoir."
An Italian chef's no-holds-barred memoir of his love-hate relationship with cooking and the cutthroat world of restaurant cuisine. Read full book review >
BOOKS FOR LIVING by Will Schwalbe
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"In an age when the number of readers is declining, a delightful book like this might just snare a few new recruits."
A self-help book about books. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A welcome and engaging work that does honor to Sobel's subjects."
Popular science writer Sobel (And the Sun Stood Still, 2016, etc.) continues her project of heralding the many contributions of women to science. Read full book review >
CHARLES DICKENS by Jenny Hartley
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A deft, authoritative, and engaging reappraisal of the great Victorian novelist."
Restless, tireless, and prolific, Dickens "became an adjective in his own lifetime." Read full book review >
GEORGE LUCAS by Brian Jay Jones
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Masterful and engaging: just what Lucas' fans and buffs, who love the nitty-gritty of filmmaking, have been waiting for."
A sweeping, perceptive biography of the influential director. Read full book review >
BEING ELVIS by Ray Connolly
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Connolly carefully and sympathetically paints the many faces of Presley, faces eventually shrouded in despair."
A veteran London-based journalist rehearses the rise and fall of Elvis Presley (1935-1977). Read full book review >
Going to Wings by Sandra Worsham

"A palpable and invigorating book mapping one woman's lifelong efforts to discover her own sexual identity through Christianity and friendship."
A debut memoir charts conflicts of sexuality and faith and the longing for companionship. Read full book review >
Forestry Flavours of the Month by Alastair Fraser
Released: May 20, 2016

"An accessible combination of policy analysis and reminiscences from a half-century-long forestry career."
A retired forester recounts his experiences working with trees and the logging industry around the world. Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions."
A cogent argument that President Barack Obama has mostly succeeded in implementing his agenda. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >