Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

IN SEARCH OF LOST LIVES by Michael Goddart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2018

"A fascinating spiritual composition of one soul's journey through hundreds of incarnations."
The latest from Goddart (Bliss,1999, etc.) is a veritable epic of reincarnation literature; the author outlines the 4,137 lives he says he has lived prior to his present incarnation. Read full book review >
TENEMENTAL by Vikki Warner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"Refreshingly original reading."
An acquisitions editor and freelance writer tells the story of how she became the owner and landlady of a century-old New England tenement home. Read full book review >

JIM BROWN by Dave Zirin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A truly rounded, fully fleshed portrait of a significant 20th-century figure."
One of the greatest—and most controversial—athletes of all time gets a well-balanced biographical and historical treatment. Read full book review >
THE DEBATABLE LAND by Graham Robb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An imagination-stimulating work in which the past seems 'to dissolve and reshape itself.'"
Robb (The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts, 2013, etc.) uses his vast knowledge of Celtic history, languages, and geography to create a fascinating book of history and adventure. Read full book review >
SIREN SONG by Seymour Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A sometimes-gritty, sometimes-charming memoir that pays tribute to the American recording industry."
A memoir detailing the 1966 founding of Sire Records and the author's journey through six decades in the music industry discovering talent like the Talking Heads, the Ramones, Madonna, and many others. Read full book review >

MODERNISTS AND MAVERICKS by Martin Gayford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"Frank Auerbach, one of many artists interviewed for the book, said his contemporaries belonged to 'a British line of artistic mavericks, ‘people who did exactly what they wanted to do.' ' This well-researched history shows the enduring results of such single-minded nonconformity."
An eminent British critic casts a spotlight on a major period of art history in London. Read full book review >
LIFE IN THE GARDEN by Penelope Lively
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A gentle elegy on the 'charisma' of gardens."
A memoir about how gardening sharpens the eye and buoys the spirit. Read full book review >
ONE LIFE AT A TIME by Daniel Baxter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An honest, moving memoir giving voice to those without one."
A distinguished doctor tells the story of his years working with HIV/AIDS patients in Botswana. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A solid book of American history that will cause readers to grimace at the fire and fury and perhaps blush with shame for the suffering and the shamelessness."
A historian revisits the bloody confrontations between American Indians and New England colonists in the mid-17th century, finding much behavior to deplore but one leader to admire. Read full book review >
FAMOUS FATHER GIRL by Jamie Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A cleareyed portrait of a spirited, and troubled, family."
The challenges of living with a flamboyant, self-centered, and brilliant father. Read full book review >
ROOM TO DREAM by David J. Lynch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"Although an awkward read, the book abounds in great stories and terrific movie trivia that will sate Lynch fans for years to come."
It takes a tag-team effort to tell this ambitious life of the enigmatic filmmaker and artist. Read full book review >
BECAUSE I COME FROM A CRAZY FAMILY by Edward M. Hallowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An affectionate, well-meaning memoir of how a psychiatrist gained empathy through his family's troubled lives."
A psychiatrist reflects on his childhood and the family members who struggled with mental health issues. 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 >