Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE INWARD EMPIRE by Christian Donlan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"In this poignant book, Donlan finds in curiosity, writing, and family the surest salves for the terror of chronic illness and mortality."
A journalist debuts with an intimate account of his multiple sclerosis diagnosis and his growing awareness of his roles as a young husband and a new father. Read full book review >
AN EXCELLENT CHOICE by Emma Brockes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A disarming and casually hilarious take on the opposite of co-parenting."
A fertility memoir with a whiff of Tristram Shandy. Read full book review >

THE UNPUNISHED VICE by Edmund White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A literary delicacy with more takeaways than one can count."
The celebrated author takes us through the many shades of literature. Read full book review >
I WILL BE COMPLETE by Glen David Gold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A strong memoir that oozes with the excitement of a life well-lived—and well-analyzed."
A novelist and short story writer takes a stab at memoir. Read full book review >
MANY LOVE by Sophie Lucido Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"Illuminating and entertaining."
A writer and illustrator reveals how she went from serial monogamist to happily married polyamorist. Read full book review >

UNBEATEN by Mike Stanton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A sturdy contribution to the literature of the sweet science, reminding readers of a bygone era of fighting."
"I will beat Joe Louis and I will beat any fighter I ever fight": a satisfying biography of the iconic boxer, the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated. Read full book review >
REFUGE by Ming Holden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"Resonant memories captured with lyrical grace."
A chronicle of the author's global interactions. Read full book review >
PAINT YOUR HAIR BLUE by Sue  Matthews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A moving, bittersweet account of enduring love."
A debut memoir chronicles a girl's battle to survive—and her joy, despite the odds. Read full book review >
ASSHOLE ATTORNEY by Douglas J. Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"An insightful and entertaining, if philosophically uneven, memoir."
A lawyer recounts his eventful professional exploits. Read full book review >
MORE SNAPSHOTS?  by David I. Aboulafia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2018

"Spirited stories about appreciating life's vagaries."
This follow-up volume of 13 autobiographical essays depicts a life "on destiny's merry-go-round," alternating witty anecdotes of good luck and bad. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2018

"A lovingly compiled art book full of wondrous images."
Kaplan (The Encyclopedia of Tarot, 2006, etc.), with Greer (Who Are You in the Tarot?, 2011) and debut authors O'Connor and Parsons, offer a retrospective on artist and author Pamela Colman Smith. Read full book review >
THE ASCENT OF JOHN TYNDALL by Roland Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2018

"A lengthy, difficult book about a remarkable man; devoted readers will muddle through."
A massive biography of one of the Victorian era's most significant all-around 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 >