Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE FUTILITARIANS by Anne  Gisleson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A graceful narrative that seamlessly interweaves philosophical reflections and intimate revelations."
An engrossing memoir chronicles a search for spiritual healing. Read full book review >
GENE SMITH'S SINK by Sam  Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An obsessive reporter tracks an obsessive artist in a book for die-hard Smith fans."
In a wildly digressive, unconventional biography, documentarian Stephenson (The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965, 2009, etc.) reports on 20 years researching the life of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978). Read full book review >

CHANCER by Donnie Kanter Winokur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An honest, informative, and uplifting memoir."
A journalist and children's book author tells the story of the golden retriever that changed her disabled son's life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A courageous breaking of the code of silence to seek mental health for veterans and the war-scarred."
The story of the friendship between an embedded photographer in Afghanistan and a Marine who was wounded in an ambush explosion in 2010. Read full book review >
SARGENT'S WOMEN by Donna M.  Lucey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Colorful, animated portraits sympathetically rendered."
Perceptive biographies of a quartet of Gilded Age women. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A suitably grim inside look at the front lines of the drug war."
A hard-boiled memoir from a former drug dealer who switched sides. Read full book review >
AUTUMN by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Kirkus Star
by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Ingvild Burkey, illustrated by Vanessa Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An engagingly wide-ranging set of meditations."
The acclaimed author delivers a host of brief but insightful observations about the small matters of everyday life. Read full book review >
RABBIT by Patricia J. Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Sassy, inspiring, and uplifting."
An African-American female comedian recounts how she escaped poverty and a life of crime to become a respected performer. Read full book review >
THE DOGS OF AVALON by Laura  Schenone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An engrossing account of greyhounds, their owners, and their champions."
The story of the author's adoption of a greyhound as a companion for her son and how she became involved with a fascinating group of animal rescuers. Read full book review >
SELF-MADE WOMAN by Denise Chanterelle DuBois
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A fierce, unsparing memoir."
A transgender actress and businesswoman tells the no-holds-barred story of her transition from male to female. Read full book review >
STRANGE BEAUTY by Eliza Factor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A frank, compassionate, and highly detailed account of the roller-coaster ride of caring for a disabled, autistic child."
Factor (Love Maps, 2015, etc.) chronicles life with her nonverbal son Felix, who is autistic and physically disabled. Read full book review >
TO SIRI WITH LOVE by Judith Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A powerful and heartfelt 'slice of life' tale."
How Apple's Siri made a life-altering difference for an autistic boy. 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 >