Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THIS IS CUBA by David Ariosto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A candid firsthand account of an island undergoing a shaky transition."
A journalist witnesses social and political changes in post-Castro Cuba. Read full book review >
THE BAREFOOT WOMAN by Scholastique Mukasonga
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A loving, urgent memorial to people now 'deep in the jumble of some ossuary' who might otherwise be forgotten in time."
A profoundly affecting memoir of a mother lost to ethnic violence. Read full book review >

WALTER KAUFMANN by Stanley Corngold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Kaufmann's own self-requiem says it all: 'There was nothing left in him; he did not spare himself; he put everything he had into his work, his life.' But he did not find time to reckon fully with his own legacy, and in that, Corngold provides a valuable service."
Luminous biography of the noted philosopher and intellectual historian best known for his work on Friedrich Nietzsche. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2018

"King's analysis of social issues, as delineated in Laurent's useful reappraisal, seems as relevant today."
In her debut book, Laurent (American Studies/Paris Institute of Political Studies) draws on extensive research into Martin Luther King Jr.'s writings, speeches, and papers as well as archival and published sources to make a strong argument that his campaign for social justice went beyond race to encompass broad, transformative social and economic changes for all poor Americans. Read full book review >
BABEL by Gaston Dorren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A deft, spirited exploration of the connection of language to a nation's identity and culture."
Multilingual Dutch journalist and linguist Dorren (Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages, 2015, etc.) proves to be a genial, fascinating guide to the modes, manners, and curiosities of the most-spoken languages in the world. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE SHERLOCK by Christopher Sandford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Workmanlike but rather prosaic."
A tale of two detectives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Aviation history does a loop-the-loop as the author shares new and exciting insight into the history of the Wright brothers."
A look at the true story behind the Wright brothers and their famous flights at Kitty Hawk. Read full book review >
HANDEL IN LONDON by Jane Glover
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Lush and illuminating—a lovely structure built on a solid foundation of research, expertise, and affection."
How and why the young German musical genius moved to London, where his budding talent blossomed. Read full book review >
IKE'S MYSTERY MAN by Peter Shinkle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An important man in his day, neither of Cutler's secret lives now appears sufficiently interesting to merit the attention of 21st-century readers."
A biography of Robert Cutler (1895-1974), novelist, Boston banker, and President Dwight Eisenhower's first assistant for national security affairs, the position known today as National Security Advisor. Read full book review >
REVOLUTIONARY THREADS by Bobby Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An engaging and challenging read."
A post-hardcore rock star, community activist, and social justice intellectual offers an alternative look at countercolonial history through the lens of the Rastafari movement. Read full book review >
THE DEAN by John D. Dingell Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A hard-hitting critique of a nation 'in mortal peril.'"
The longest-serving member of Congress recalls a time when government worked for the people. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A massively ambitious compilation of history and stuff that will appeal to students of Napoleon and art history buffs but overwhelm general readers."
Voluminous chronicle of Napoleon's fanaticism about Roman antiquity and an ample catalog of his empire's acquisitions. 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 >