Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"Space-program aficionados will gobble the details like snack chips, and all should be grateful to see Abbey, a deserving man, step out from the shadows."
A highly detailed history of the American space program focusing on the contributions of George Abbey (b. 1932), who held various key administrative positions at NASA. Read full book review >
EXTREME CONSERVATION by Joel Berger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"For armchair conservationists, an expertly guided trip into remote landscapes that will hopefully spur much-needed action."
A field biologist seeks to understand how creatures living in the planet's extremes are coping with climate change. Read full book review >

A WAY HOME by Scott F. Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A deftly composed collection that evokes, even in its specificity, the feeling of a place that may have only existed in memory."
A series of essays explores Oregon, the author's home state. Read full book review >
MY PASHTUN RABBI by David  Eden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"An entertaining fish-out-of-water (and gasping-in-the-desert) saga, with an inspiring message of inclusion and understanding."
A Jewish American working in the United Arab Emirates fears hostility but finds humanity in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
THE FIGHTERS by C.J. Chivers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Given his background, Chivers certainly did not set out to write a book emphasizing the foolishness of American actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. But that is the story that emerged from his painstaking, courageous reporting, and readers will be thankful for his work."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and former Marine Corps infantry officer Chivers (The Gun, 2010, etc.) offers a chilling account of failed American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq through the searing experiences of six fighters. Read full book review >

ALL HAPPY FAMILIES by Jeanne McCulloch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A poignantly intimate memoir."
A distinguished editor and writer's tale of the people and events surrounding her first wedding. Read full book review >
MARILYN MONROE by Charles Casillo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A compelling exploration of a beguiling film icon's life—a significant if not quite definitive addition to the ever expanding Monroe literature.
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A deep dive into the model and screen legend's glamorous but troubled life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan referred to Joseph Warren as 'a man who might have been one of the greatest among the founding fathers.' Hopefully, Di Spigna's insightful biography will rekindle public interest in Warren, a man who deserves to be remembered for more than his death at Bunker Hill."
A fresh biography of an underappreciated figure in American history. Read full book review >
CHOPIN'S PIANO by Paul Kildea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A deeply researched, gracefully told music history."
The destiny of one piano reveals changing attitudes about romantic music. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION FRANÇAISE by Sophie Pedder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An authoritative analysis of power and politics in contemporary France."
An optimistic view of France's future under Emmanuel Macron. Read full book review >
A GIRL'S GUIDE TO MISSILES by Karen Piper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A little-known corner of the Atomic Age comes into focus through Piper's skilled storytelling."
A smart, self-aware memoir of life in a Cold War outpost. Read full book review >
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN FAT by Virgie Tovar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Whether or not Tovar convinces all readers that ignoring diet and exercise is the path to freedom, she offers psychological comfort to those who have been made to feel unworthy due to their body size and/or shape."
A manifesto for fat rights and freedom from the tyranny of diet, exercise, and body-image conformity. 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 >