Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

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 >
AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE by Al Franken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"Here's how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill—and in Franken's case, made with a smile."
The nation's funniest senator speaks of the strange ways of government by "old white men." Read full book review >

AVENGING THE PEOPLE by J.M. Opal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Opal's portrait may be too academic for general readers, but given some of the views of the current occupant of the White House, it is certainly relevant."
A scholarly study of Andrew Jackson's troubling sense of persecution and vindication for the poor, white frontier folk who flocked to his name and legend. Read full book review >
MOST AMERICAN by Rilla Askew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An eloquently thoughtful memoir in essays."
A respected novelist muses on the tortured nature of her relationship to the state where she was born and raised. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S PATHFINDER by John Bicknell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An instructive take on a period in American political history that became 'the first time a cause and campaign of a major political party resonated with women—and with free people of color.'"
A history of the intricate reworking of American political parties in light of the divisive views about the expansion of slavery into the West. Read full book review >
THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ by Thomas M. Renahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An overlong but noncynical, eye-opening book that amply shows how America's civilian work aiding democratic reconstruction in Iraq is unfinished."
A dense, informed chronicle of a U.S. Agency for International Development civilian officer's three deployments to Iraq. Read full book review >
UPSTREAM by Langdon Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Blurring boundaries and complicating the oversimplified, Cook provides a moving, artfully layered story of strength and vulnerability, offering glimpses of hope for growing humility and reverence and for shifting human-nature relationships."
A tale of a species on life support and the ramifications for people, nature, and place. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE RIVER KABUL by Kevin  McLean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Details of Afghan tribal life and family well-delineated."
A Western writer affectingly takes up the voice of a beleaguered Afghan man and his harrowing flight out of his war-torn country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An instructive tale of one man's 'burning mission to bring back manufacturing and innovation to America.'"
An award-winning science journalist charges that the United States is ceding first place to the Chinese in the development of technologies invented by American scientists. 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 >