Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

WOMEN IN THE WORLD OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS by Leigh Fought
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A fresh and insightful perspective on a major historical figure."
Scrupulous research informs a new biography of the charismatic and influential African-American abolitionist. Read full book review >
LAST THINGS by Marissa Moss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"When Moss writes, 'this isn't how it's supposed to be,' other readers who aren't feeling what they're supposed to be feeling could well find comfort in a kindred spirit."
A graphic memoir by an author best known for her children's books details the devastating effects of her husband's amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on her entire family. Read full book review >

LAST MAN STANDING by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A sympathetic, evenhanded biography of a man notorious for his savage wit."
Biography of the acerbic, irreverent comedian who inspired a new generation of performers. Read full book review >
TOUGH SELL by Tom Basile
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"An engrossing account of the author's own experiences written to justify questionable foreign policy that many readers will question."
A controversial defense of the 2003 military intervention in Iraq that overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein. Read full book review >
ART SEX MUSIC by Cosey Fanni Tutti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A bravura rock memoir vibrating with fierce and fearless memories—a must-have item for Chris and Cosey and Throbbing Gristle fans."
The female half of the alternative music group Chris and Cosey reveals the "harsh and definitely not rose-tinted view of my past." Read full book review >

CHINA LAKE by Barret  Baumgart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"Nearly indescribable and utterly engrossing, this book is an urgent and terrifying cultural reflection, a startling look in the mirror."
A unique, alarming portrayal of the American military-industrial complex, the crisis of climate change, and the nature of truth and despair. Read full book review >
A STITCH OF TIME by Lauren Marks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A cerebral travelogue from a writer revealing how she got from there to here."
A young woman is forced to unpack her own mind after suffering a life-threatening brain aneurysm. Read full book review >
ALL OVER THE PLACE by Geraldine DeRuiter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Despite her strenuous attempts to be funny, more often than not, the author falls flat."
A travel memoir from the author of a popular blog. Read full book review >
PUNK AVENUE by Phil Marcade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Must-read for those who love that era and want a fresh perspective on it."
A musician's memoir of punk rock in its New York City heyday shows how much fun it was while it lasted, before AIDS and heroin had the last laugh. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by Edward McPherson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A lively, enlightening, and occasionally disturbing book that envisions the future as already broken."
Off to look for America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A stirring book that explores numerous aspects of racism in Alabama and the nation as a whole."
An examination of an infamous 1957 conviction of a young, black Army veteran for the murder of a white police officer that more broadly delineates the struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >
HOMING INSTINCTS by Sarah Menkedick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Menkedick's driving question is to figure out 'whether returning home signifies growing up or giving up or both—and if it's both, what exactly we want to give up in exchange for what.' The magic of this book is that she makes so personal a question so easily accessible to readers."
An account of the author's transition from wandering spirit to anchored, responsible mother. 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 >