Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

LEO DUROCHER by Paul Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"Baseball buffs will enjoy this well-researched, smoothly written biography of a complex man, but readers lacking interest in the MLB may be inclined to dismiss the mercurial Durocher as an unpleasant individual not worth trying to understand."
Prolific author Dickson (Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed to Be, 2015, etc.) digs deep into the controversial baseball career and spicy extracurricular life of Leo Durocher (1905-1991). Read full book review >
The Boy Who Knew Too Much by Cathy Byrd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An eclectic mix of mystery, memoir, and the supernatural."
In Byrd's touching debut memoir, a little boy stuns his parents by declaring that he was the baseball player Lou Gehrig in a previous life. Read full book review >

ROMANIAN NOTEBOOK by Cyrus Console
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A large step for the writer that reads like a smaller accomplishment."
A middle-age rite-of-passage memoir by a writing teacher and published poet. Read full book review >
INSIDE MY PENCIL by Peter Markus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An inventive and inspiring memoir from an innovative educator."
A fiction writer chronicles his journey teaching Detroit children to use words to give flight to their imaginations. Read full book review >
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by George Prochnik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An uneven but candid testament of two men passionately trying to revive and reimagine Judaism."
A convert to Judaism was deeply influenced by a prolific Jewish intellectual. Read full book review >

IKE AND MCCARTHY by David A. Nichols
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A thorough, well-written, and surprising picture of a man who was much more than a 'do-nothing' president."
New insight into Dwight Eisenhower's silent methods of facing down enemies, particularly Joseph McCarthy. Read full book review >
GRACE NOTES by Katey Sagal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A candid, reflective memoir."
A Golden Globe-winning actress tells the story of her life as a singer/songwriter who unexpectedly became a TV star. Read full book review >
SCARED SELFLESS by Michelle Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A raw and powerful account from a survivor of unspeakable abuse."
A psychologist recounts the sexual abuse/enslavement she suffered as a child and how she overcame its horrific effects on her life as a teenager and an adult. Read full book review >
DEEP UNDERCOVER by Jack Barsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An intriguing inside look at international espionage."
The making of "an undercover agent spying on behalf of the Soviet Union." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"The panic is palpable in Kolata's moving depiction of a mysterious disease and its frightening consequences."
A family's legacy is haunted by a torturous genetic disease. Read full book review >
HELL'S TRACES by Victor Ripp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An idiosyncratic work striving for sense and meaning from a family record of enormous loss and obfuscation."
A personal attempt to tackle emotionally the Nazi roundup of a 3-year-old relative to the concentration camps. Read full book review >
THE 1997 MASTERS by Tiger Woods
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An astonishing story of accomplishment that would have been invigorated by more lively, animated prose."
An in-depth, inside look at the legendary golfer's historic 1997 Masters win. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >