Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE RED CADDY by Charles Bowden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2018

"A memoir about an American original by an American original, a literary journalist who merits more than a regional readership."
An unflinchingly honest writer addresses the death of his friend and kindred spirit Edward Abbey (1927-1989). Read full book review >
AMSTERDAM EXPOSED by David  Wienir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A provocative, enlightening, humorous, and impressively executed guide to Amsterdam's twilight world."
A memoir chronicling the education of a naïve American law school exchange student in Amsterdam in the late 1990s. Read full book review >

LIKE BROTHERS by Mark Duplass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A rather chaotic and messy tale of talent, determination, and success in the world of independent film and TV that hardcore fans will enjoy."
A quirky inside portrait of brotherhood within the "insane Hollywood system." Read full book review >
MONSOON MANSION by Cinelle Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A lyrically heartfelt memoir of resilience in the face of significant obstacles."
A young essayist's memoir of her extraordinary riches-to-rags childhood in the Philippines. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S EMBROIDERER by Joan DeJean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Of interest for students of French history or the history of finance, if they can tie it all together."
The tale of two 17th- and 18th-century French families, a story that begins as a fairy tale and ends as a nightmare. Read full book review >

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN by Tessa Fontaine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A sometimes-engrossing but overlong memoir about carnival life and family bonds."
A writer performs in a traveling sideshow tour after spending three years with her mother as she endured a series of debilitating strokes. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN PRINCESS by Annejet van der Zijl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A concise, thoughtful, and well-researched biography."
A distinguished Dutch biographer's account of the life of Allene Tew (1872-1955), who rose from middle-class obscurity to become one of America's first socialites. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A searingly candid memoir."
A popular blogger's tragicomic account of how early motherhood and marriage propelled her into a cycle of drug and alcohol addiction from which she narrowly escaped. Read full book review >
THE BLACK PRINCE by Michael Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A strong biography of a man who has inspired great love across the ages—a must for shelves and collections devoted to medieval times."
Jones (Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England, 2015, etc.) brings the Middle Ages—and one of England's greatest knights—to life. Read full book review >
COUCHSURFING IN IRAN by Stephan Orth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A breezy narrative that offers a couch-level view of Iran that you won't find in travel guides."
A German-based journalist chronicles his travels to Iran. Read full book review >
RICHARD III by Chris Skidmore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"One of the least biased accounts of Richard III; the author acknowledges his subject's faults without justifying them."
A new biography of the alternately reviled and beloved king and his times. Read full book review >
THE TRAGEDY OF BENEDICT ARNOLD by Joyce Lee Malcolm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Readers will decide if Arnold's choices were forced upon him or if he was, indeed, flawed. Malcolm provides plenty to consider."
An attempt to bring understanding, if not forgiveness, to the story of Benedict Arnold (1741-1801). 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 >