Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 20, 2018

"An absorbing and useful but bare-bones account of how a musician's vision helped save nearly 1,000 lives."
This nonfiction account, first in the middle-grade Groundbreaker series, explains how a Polish Jewish violinist helped saved the lives of Jewish musicians and their families from Nazis. Read full book review >
HOOSIER HYSTERIA by Meri Henriques  Vahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2018

"This well-paced narrative absorbingly depicts a handful of lives in Indiana in a pivotal year."
A New Yorker faces challenges at a Midwestern college as the turmoil of the 1960s erupts in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

LUSH by Kerry Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"An intimate and unsparing book of self-reflection."
A therapist and writer reflects on how alcoholism unexpectedly overtook her at midlife. Read full book review >
BARONS OF THE SEA by Steven Ujifusa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A vivid account of larger-than-life if not always attractive characters and a technological marvel that briefly captivated the Victorian world."
Fifty years before the robber barons, immense fortunes in the young United States flowed to great shipping firms, a brutal, sometimes lucrative, and technologically creative enterprise brilliantly chronicled by naval historian Ujifusa (A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States, 2012). Read full book review >
BAD CALL by Mike Scardino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"Some say that everybody has a book in them, and this author has found his in this memorable, often grim work."
Ambulance work is not for the squeamish, and neither is reading about it. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"An empathetic look at a community forging its future as it keeps a tenuous hold on its past."
The struggles of a town in transition reveal ongoing changes in American life. Read full book review >
THE KING'S ASSASSIN by Benjamin Woolley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A perfect choice for readers who love English history, especially the Stuart period."
A history of a regicide plot against James I (1566-1625). Read full book review >
CRUX by Jean Guerrero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"With a little suspension of disbelief on his or her own part, even the hardest-nosed reader will find Guerrero's decidedly centrifugal memoir fascinating."
A Southern California PBS journalist explores her relationship with her disturbed, likely schizophrenic father. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF BEING by Kara Richardson Whitely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"Those curious about the pros and cons of weight loss surgery will find some answers here, though Whitely makes it clear that her decision is a personal one and that others might take different paths."
In her early 40s and topping 350 pounds, the motivational speaker Whitely (Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, 2015, etc.) decided that she needed to do something about her weight. Read full book review >
ON THE GANGES by George Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A worthwhile work that will please armchair travelers and historians."
A lively journey down the Ganges River via off-the-beaten-path destinations and historical moments. Read full book review >
WANNA BET? by Artie Lange
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"These books will keep going as well, as long as there's a market for them."
A third volume of memoir from the street-wise, no-filter comedian, assisted again by Bozza. Read full book review >
CRIMINALS by Robert Anthony Siegel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"Dramatic, keenly observed memoir of familial entropy set against the urban 'bad old days.'"
The barbed tale of a writer's beginnings, embarrassed yet fascinated by melodramatic, bohemian attorney parents. 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 >