Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

UNSTOPPABLE by Tariku Bogale
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2017

"A high-speed, energetic tale of a sometimes-bumpy ride from rags to riches."
An entrepreneur's debut memoir takes him from the wilds of Ethiopia to the neon lights of Hollywood. Read full book review >
LANDSLIDE by Minna Zallman Proctor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Affecting stories told effectively, with all the complications involved in searching for truth."
Stories matter, memory is tricky, the past permeates us: these and other insights appear continually in a collection of interwoven personal essays. Read full book review >

ALONE by Michael Korda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An excellent revisitation of a critically important set of battles that, once a byword for courage, have faded in memory."
A swiftly paced, illuminating account of events at the opening of World War II in Europe, recounting "a military defeat with a happy ending." Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SEPARATION by Tova Mirvis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A thoughtful, courageous memoir of family, religion, and self-discovery."
A novelist's account of how she broke away from Orthodox Judaism to make a new life in the secular world. Read full book review >
GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI by Richard Lloyd Parry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A sobering and compelling narrative of calamity."
Pensive travels in the wake of one of the world's most devastating recent disasters, the Tohoku earthquake of 2011. Read full book review >

MAN OF THE HOUR by Jennet Conant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Conant deserves a place among the traditional 'wise men' (Acheson, Harriman et al.), an elite group of white, male, East Coast advisers, all pragmatic, realistic, and nonideological, who guided presidential policy from World War II through the end of the Cold War. This book gives him that place."
A biography of a "chemist, statesman, educator, and critic…[who] had within his grasp all the elements to help forge the new atomic age." Read full book review >
LESSONS IN HOPE by George Weigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A page-turner for fans of John Paul II, devotees of papal history, or those who simply enjoy a good and literate personal story."
The story behind the defining biography of John Paul II (1920-2005). Read full book review >
ORDERS TO KILL by Amy Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A vivid, chilling portrait of a Russia grown 'scary and unpredictable.'"
A scathing indictment of Vladimir Putin's "police state" that offers compelling evidence of his absolute suppression of any opposition or exposure of the state's corruption. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN COUNTRY by Paisley Rekdal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A poignant, relevant synthesis of cultural studies and true-crime drama."
A compact, thoughtful debut addressing violence, immigrant identity, and the long shadow of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
AFTERGLOW by Eileen Myles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A captivating look at a poet's repeated attempt 'to dig a hole in eternity' through language.
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A memoir that stretches the limits of its genre by making a dog the textual centerpiece. Read full book review >
RANGER GAMES by Ben  Blum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lighthearted romp à la Ocean's Eleven it's not, but Blum's well-wrought account suggests that any crime is possible so long as it's made out to be a game."
A vigorous, empathetic chronicle of a crime foretold—or at least engendered, possibly, on a boot camp drill field. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams' grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective."
The singer/songwriter builds on her decades as a touring performer to offer bracing examples of small cities that have found ways to thrive. 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 >