Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

CALL ME AMERICAN by Abdi Nor Iftin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A searing memoir filled with horrors that impressively remains upbeat, highly inspiring, and always educational."
Born to extreme poverty in 1985 in war-torn Somalia, Iftin chronicles the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to obtain residency in the United States. Read full book review >
TANGO LESSONS by Meghan Flaherty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A vibrantly intelligent reading pleasure."
An essayist's debut memoir of how a passion for tango dancing transformed her life. Read full book review >

BORN TRUMP by Emily Jane Fox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"High-level gossip of a kind, but a well-sourced, train wreck-fascinating look at the makings of Clan Trump, 'so uniquely suited for the second decade of the twenty-first century and its fame-obsessed, money-hungry, voracious twenty-four-hour cycle of a culture.'"
"Don't. Trust. Anyone. Ever."—X-ray meets psychoanalysis and balance sheet in this sharp-edged look at the workings of America's most dysfunctional gang. 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 >

AND THEN WE DANCED by Henry Alford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A standout in the monograph memoir subgenre, where subject guide meets personal essay."
A humorist unites a neophyte's history of modern dance with his own unlikely dance memoir. Read full book review >
IMPLOSION by Elizabeth W. Garber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An alternately wistful and searing exploration of a troubled legacy."
A daughter's vibrant relationship with her father decays into warfare and abuse in this coming-of-age memoir. Read full book review >
THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS by Claudia Renton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2018

"A sparkling family portrait and riveting history."
An elite family faces a vastly changing nation. Read full book review >
REPORTER by Seymour Hersh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2018

"Rarely has a journalist's memoir come together so well, with admirable measures of self-deprecation, transparent pride, readable prose style, and honesty."
One of the most skilled investigative journalists in American history shares his saga in compelling detail. Read full book review >
ROUGH BEAUTY by Karen Auvinen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A fine example of the hybrid nature-memoir."
These outstanding autobiographical essays explore solitude, traumatic events, and a deep commitment to place. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELING FEAST by Rick Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Dripping with tasty anecdotes, literary tales, and great food, this joyful book is delightful."
Have skillet, will travel; or, one writer's "pilgrimage of gratitude and generosity." Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF MARY SHELLEY by Fiona Sampson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"The author deftly plumbs the depths of Mary's psyche to enlighten us about both Shelleys and reveal the profound effects they had on each other."
A fresh biography of Mary Shelley (1797-1851), who created the monster that has become "part of our shared imagination." 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 >