Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

POETRY WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Jill Bialosky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An emotional, sometimes-wrenching account of how lines of poetry can be lifelines."
A celebrated poet, novelist, memoirist, and editor returns with an account of a life lived to the music of poetry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An engaging, lightly worn literary study, of a piece with Hugh Kenner's The Pound Era (1971) in divining the origins of the modern."
A group biography of four writers who are held as standard-bearers for a new movement in 20th-century literature. Read full book review >

HAIL TO THE CHIN by Bruce Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A breezy read through a breezy life.
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The anecdotal sequel to the cult actor's bestselling memoir. Read full book review >
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY by Suzy  Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A mostly illuminating literary debut that shows how Americans' ignorance about the world has made turmoil and terrorism possible.
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A journalist questions the notion of American exceptionalism. Read full book review >
GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN by Benjamin  Rachlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A sprawling, powerful, unsettling longitudinal account of an overdue legal movement."
A chilling story of wrongful conviction, focused on one man's ordeal, and the growth of the movement to support actual innocence. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An impressively reported, smoothly written book that nonetheless feels airy in its content."
Cook (The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families, 2017 etc.) chronicles the 1947 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, approaching this narrow slice of sports history from an unusual angle. Read full book review >
CACA DOLCE by Chelsea  Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Martin seldom goes deep, but the arc of growing self-awareness lends the story both gravity and an odd appeal."
A portrait of the artist as a moody teen. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A CORONER by John  Bateson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fascinating and wildly informative dive into the mysterious world of death and decay."
Grisly true-life cases from the longtime career of a veteran coroner. Read full book review >
FINDING MY BADASS SELF by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A delightfully breezy read about experimentation, often humorous and companionable."
In this debut memoir, a woman devises a plan to yank herself out of a midlife malaise. Read full book review >
PLAYING HURT by John  Saunders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2017

"A story that merits both sympathy and attention."
The late ESPN host and commentator recounts years of struggle with mental illness. Read full book review >
OUR ISRAELI DIARY by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A slim volume graced by lively observations."
A British biographer offers salient glimpses of Israeli life and culture. Read full book review >
THE KELLOGGS by Howard Markel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A superb warts-and-all account of two men whose lives help illuminate the rise of health promotion and the modern food industry."
A dual biography of the highly successful Kellogg brothers, who "fought, litigated, and plotted against one another with a passion more akin to grand opera than the kinship of brothers." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >