Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BERLIN CALLING by Paul Hockenos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"The author's loyalty and love for Berlin are evident and may well be contagious, but he is short on analysis and insight."
An introduction to the countercultures of Berlin. Read full book review >
THE LONG RUN by Catriona Menzies-Pike
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"An authentic account of surviving devastating loss through the art of running."
A memoir of running, endurance, and overcoming grief. Read full book review >

THE KING OF CHICAGO by Dan Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A mostly well-written book for the author's family and friends; others may take a pass."
An admiring portrait of the author's father, who "rose from the lowest rungs of society, mastered the city, and became its King." Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND ORWELL by Thomas E. Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach."
A joint biography of two men who "led the way, politically and intellectually, in responding to the twin totalitarian threats of fascism and communism" in the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"The book begins as a rollicking, magical tale but eventually bogs down in too much conjecture."
Stapinski (English/Fordham Univ.; Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, with Music, 2004, etc.) continues her investigation into her family's checkered past. Read full book review >

THE HUE AND CRY AT OUR HOUSE by Benjamin Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"An occasionally problematic but mostly sage memoir from an elegant writer."
Taylor (Proust: The Search, 2015, etc.) leans on gay and Jewish perspectives to craft a memoir of 1963-1964, with the touchstones of his youth still resonating today. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Thomas S. Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A highly accessible study of an enigmatic yet influential faith life."
What did Benjamin Franklin really think of God? Read full book review >
LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU by Jennifer Preuss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A pleasant remembrance and an easygoing beach read."
A memoir about friendship, womanhood, and the idea that girls just want to have fun. Read full book review >
TOUCHED BY GOD by Daniel Arcucci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"Not a great book but great fun for soccer fans."
One of soccer's greatest—and most controversial—all-time players reflects on his life and career. Read full book review >
THEFT BY FINDING by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man."
Raw glimpses of the humorist's personal life as he clambered from starving artist to household name. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"FitzGerald overcomes her book's few flaws to produce an absorbing tale of survival, love, and the generosity of people who helped save their lives."
The account of a transformational South American odyssey that tested the author and her husband to the limit. Read full book review >
IRON AMBITION by Mike Tyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"A belated but welcome homage to a boxing legend who died shortly before Tyson's career took off. Fans of the sweet science will want to have a look."
The boxing champion, infamous for biting and beating, reveals his soft side in this memoir of his longtime mentor and trainer. 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 >