Nonfiction Round-Up: Memoir & Biography (6/30/21)

Today we’re spotlighting memoirs and biographies with a powerful journey through poverty and adolescence, the biography of the wife and mother whose trial defined the Cold War, an innovative look at one of America’s most popular writers, and the untold story of what really happened to America’s Teacher in Space.

SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

2 starred reviews!

“A potent coming-of-age memoir from a popular podcaster and BuzzFeed host…Sure to be one of the best memoirs of 2021.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Journalist Ford debuts with a blistering yet tender account of growing up with an incarcerated father… This remarkable, heart-wrenching story of loss, hardship, and self-acceptance astounds.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

ETHEL ROSENBERG: An American Tragedy by Anne Sebba

2 starred reviews!

“The short, heartbreaking life of a woman caught in the meat grinder of history…A concise yet thorough account of a 1953 miscarriage of justice with alarming relevance today.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Sebba, an accomplished biographer specializing in besieged women, portrays Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg in her own right in meticulous detail and through fresh and incisive analysis.”–Booklist, starred review

THE REASON FOR THE DARKNESS OF THE NIGHT: Edgar Allen Poe and the Forging of American Science by John Tresch

“The prolific fiction writer, poet, and literary critic viewed through a scientific lens…A surprising side of Poe splendidly revealed.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE BURNING BLUE: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA’s Challenger Disaster by Kevin Cook

“A quick biographical account, placing the space shuttle in historical context, that will have YA crossover appeal. Readers will find something new even if they are familiar with the Challenger disaster.”–Library Journal

SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford; 9781250305978; available now.
ETHEL ROSENBERG: An American Tragedy by Anne Sebba; 9781250198631; available now.
THE REASON FOR THE DARKNESS OF THE NIGHT: Edgar Allen Poe and the Forging of American Science by John Tresch; 9780374247850; available now.
THE BURNING BLUE: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA’s Challenger Disaster by Kevin Cook; 9781250755551; available now.

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