Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

OPEN ADMISSIONS by Ned Bachus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2017

"A valuable and thoughtful work from a professor at the end of his teaching career."
An author recounts the lessons he learned as a community college professor in this education memoir. Read full book review >
BOOKSHOPS by Jorge  Carrión
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An insightful, educational, and erudite paean to bookshops."
A literate mappa mundi to bookstores. Read full book review >

WHAT YOU DID NOT TELL by Mark Mazower
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A simultaneously sweeping and intimate family portrait."
A family's complicated past recounted in exacting detail. Read full book review >
HOTEL SCARFACE by Roben  Farzad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A gripping account of how the Mutiny's role in Miami's cocaine business changed not only the city, but America."
A history of the infamous Mutiny at Sailboat Bay hotel and nightclub, the epicenter of Miami's cocaine boom years. Read full book review >
MICKEY ROURKE AND THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS by W.S. Di Piero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"What a poet writes when he isn't writing poetry. Will appeal most to fellow poets and students of the form."
A poet's notebook reflections on poetry, prose, art, time, and death. Read full book review >

WHERE THE PAST BEGINS by Amy Tan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A composite portrait that should appeal to the author's fans."
The bestselling author reflects on family, reading, writing, and language in a memoir characterized by "free-form spontaneity." Read full book review >
RENOIR by Barbara Ehrlich White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Ideal for readers seeking to delve deeply into Renoir's personality; those seeking critical assessments of the individual works should look elsewhere."
An in-depth biography of the French impressionist painter. Read full book review >
JAMES WRIGHT by Jonathan  Blunk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A much-needed, engaging, and discerning biography that should help Wright find a new generation of readers."
An authorized biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite occasional fictional flourishes, these forgotten friendships, from illicit and scandalous to radical and inspiring, are revelations."
Rich and revealing portraits of four literary friendships. Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO GET RICH by Alan Pell Crawford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Light and frothy, this humorous biography is a lively read."
"To succeed in business…avoid my example"—Mark Twain (1901). Read full book review >
ENDURANCE by Scott Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A worthy read for space buffs, to say nothing of anyone contemplating a voyage to the stars."
A four-time veteran of off-planet missions, including a year aboard the International Space Station, offers a view of astronautics that is at once compelling and cautionary. Read full book review >
MOTHERHOOD REIMAGINED by Sarah Kowalski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An insightful read for single-by-choice mothers interested in alternative therapies."
A debut memoir traces one woman's pregnancy quest. 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 >