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A Train through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined

“A Train Through Time” offers the reader an opportunity to “ride along” with an intelligent and reflective narrator as she inventories her life and offers us an insider’s view of some of the most morally challenging moments in our country’s history.

A House Full of Daughters

Here, brilliantly laid bare, are both the trials of being a daughter and of documenting daughterhood in all its complexity.

The Price of Illusion

As she recovers from her addiction to Conde Nast and fashion, Joan Juliet Buck is at last free to be the writer she always wanted to be.

The House of Memory: Reflections on Youth and War

A text that will appeal to those fond of memoirs about coming of age in the Depression and World War II.


One likes to think her father would have been as wooed and wowed by Dadland as we are.


Impressively, Elkin doesn’t simply make a case for the re-evaluation of her titular figure; ultimately she makes flânerie itself appear urgent and contemporary.

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

What we are witnessing, then, is a struggle to verbalise experiences that for Li naturally resist verbalisation. She remains the scientist, enjoying the precision of dissection, and this provides the satisfaction required to keep going.

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Li had accomplished what she had set out to do: She had reached me.


It will be up to booksellers to figure out how to categorize her pastiche of travel writing, memoir, history and literary nonfiction. A reader, flaneusing along the bookshelves, will find in it some of the pleasures of each.

Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember

This reads cleanly on the internet (the book grew out of a BuzzFeed essay that went viral), but it doesn’t lend stamina to a 250-page narrative.

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

The collection is as perfect and complete, as fully achieved and starkly original, as any book of poetry in English.

How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir

“How to Murder Your Life” feels like an artifact from a previous New York, previous internet, previous calculus of celebrity.

The Invention of Angela Carter

This biography is witchy, in the best sense, as well.

The Price of Illusion

She has witnessed or experienced a book’s worth of tellable tales, tall or otherwise.

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

A potent journey of depression that effectively testifies to unbearable pain and the consolation of literature.

My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir
Kirkus Reviews : My Utmost (February 10, 2017)

A fine core soured by the writer’s own story.

Rise: How a House Built a Family

One suspects that practiced writer Brookins knew that interjecting Adam’s mad forays into the mix, far from distracting, would make the final completion of Inkwell Manor seem all that much more heroic --- and she was correct in that assessment.

This Close to Happy

Sixteen years in the writing, it is a brisk 288 pages of personal revelation and the kind of general perception that gives you information you didn’t know about yourself. Above all, it’s compelling.

My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir

Halford’s book is billed as a memoir, but it’s really an ardently told, diligently researched intellectual biography of Chambers.