Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An erudite and entertaining historical biography of a food pioneer with particular interest for gastronomes and agriculture enthusiasts."
The story of an intrepid botanist who exposed America to myriad exotic plants and food crops. Read full book review >
ELOQUENT RAGE by Brittney Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A timely and provocative book that shows 'what you build is infinitely more important than what you tear down.'"
A professor explores the ways "sexism, and racism, and classism work together to fuck shit up for everybody" and how feminism can begin undoing the damage. Read full book review >

LIMITS OF THE KNOWN by David Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Roberts ponders his mortality while celebrating the freedom of wild places. A book for anyone who appreciates good adventure writing."
Veteran mountaineer and historian Roberts (The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest, 2015, etc.) looks once more at the question of why humans are so bent on scaling the world's tall places. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A light, lively narrative about a singular, narcissistic woman."
A biography of a seductress, gold digger, and Nazi collaborator. Read full book review >
DRESSED UP FOR A RIOT by Michael Idov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Breezy but informative and especially useful for readers contemplating a move to Russia for business or pleasure."
A sometimes-jokey but insightful insider's guide to modern Russia and the Russian mind. Read full book review >

SECRETS WE KEPT by Krystal A. Sital
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A powerful, disturbing narrative in which pain flows out from the page, drenching readers."
A freelance journalist (New York Times Magazine, Salon, etc.) debuts with a wrenching, deeply personal memoir about the lives of three generations of women in Trinidad and Tobago. Read full book review >
EDUCATED by Tara Westover
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success."
A recent Cambridge University doctorate debuts with a wrenching account of her childhood and youth in a strict Mormon family in a remote region of Idaho. Read full book review >
WITHOUT PRECEDENT by Joel Richard Paul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A well-informed, perceptive, and absorbing biography of a titan of American history."
A biography of the fourth and greatest chief justice of the United States. Read full book review >
HIDING OUT by Tina Alexis Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A writer candidly confronts her personal truth in her quest for transformation, transcendence, and redemption."
An actress and producer chronicles the process of how she turned overcoming childhood trauma into a career. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Taut and well-crafted—of great interest to students of spydom and the early Cold War."
"Both died without making any confessions": a finely detailed study of crime and punishment in the days of the Manhattan project. Read full book review >
EAT THE APPLE by Matt  Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A real war story told in fragments by a gifted young writer trying to come to grips with his experiences."
In this debut memoir, Young (English/Centralia Coll.) reflects on his experiences joining the Marine Corps at the age of 18 and his subsequent tour in Iraq. Read full book review >
MY FATHER'S WAKE by Kevin Toolis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"From the graveside of an Irish Republican Army execution victim, whose young son cries inconsolably at his loss, to that of the author's own father, Toolis provides a series of intimate, eye-opening visits with the end-of-life process."
A gut-wrenching exploration of death from an Irish perspective. 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 >