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Son of a Gun: A Memoir

From those acts of grotesque and unfathomable brutality, St. Germain has created a work of austere, luminous beauty.


Son of a Gun: A Memoir

If the brilliance of “Son of a Gun” lies in its restraint, its importance lies in the generosity of the author’s insights.


The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

“The Most Dangerous Book” will remain a landmark among Joyce studies for many years to come.


Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir

Doubtless we’ll be hearing more from Davis. This modest memoir makes it clear why even her opponents should pay attention to her.


Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

As fiction, her book would allow the reader a vivid engagement with the past through the imaginations of four extraordinary women. As a work of history, however, it raises as many questions as it answers.


Father and Son

Above and beyond its intellectual and literary merits, Father and Son moves us because of Torrente's passion.


Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA

The result is a valuable window on both sides in a lethal underground war.


Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self

Tizon’s book feels fresh and new because it was exactly the sort of book that would not have been published 10 or 20 or perhaps even five years ago.


Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

Working Stiff is not a ground-breaking book. But it’s readable, fun, sentimental where appropriate and full of smart science.


Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir

In “Blue-Eyed Boy,” Timberg’s scarring, though all too real, is nonetheless a better metaphor for the experience of Vietnam veterans than the somewhat contrived construct of his previous book.


The Birth of Korean Cool

“The Birth of Korean Cool” is an excellent case study of calculated entrepreneurial moxie, and I can’t entirely knock the author’s hustle in vying for broader appeal.


The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

Mills has managed to hitch up their reciprocal histories and miniaturize the “Mystique.”


Bulletproof Vest

Told in sparse, Spanish-infused prose, Bulletproof Vest mythologises a family history that is – for the most part – compelling and impactful.


Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

“Working Stiff” is not a groundbreaking book: It joins a long list of memoirs by Melinek’s colleagues. But it’s fun, sentimental where appropriate and full of smart science. Fans of CSI — the real kind — will want to read it.


The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

So many of Birmingham’s close readings are judicious that these infelicitous moments are as jolting as moving from one episode to another in “Ulysses” can be.


The Other Side: A Memoir

“The Other Side” is not only about the desire to understand what is ultimately incomprehensible, but also about the messy, complicated work of translating personal experience for public audiences.


Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

“Soldier Girls” raises important questions about how men and women serve together and the differences in how they experience war, enabling us to see the subtle challenges female soldiers face — the hardships that don’t make easy headlines.


Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir

At its core “Blue-Eyed Boy” is the story of a man who fought, fought like hell — first for survival, then for a life.