Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

OPEN ADMISSIONS by Ned Bachus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2017

"A valuable and thoughtful work from a professor at the end of his teaching career."
An author recounts the lessons he learned as a community college professor in this education memoir. Read full book review >
WAYNE AND FORD by Nancy Schoenberger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There's nothing groundbreaking here, but compleatist fans of Wayne and Ford will enjoy revisiting the films discussed."
Biography of the two figures, actor and director, who defined the Western film genre. Read full book review >

HITLER, MY NEIGHBOR by Edgar  Feuchtwanger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An intimate look at the horror wrought by Hitler."
The story of a Jewish family who watched in fear as a new neighbor rose to power. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A thorough but not groundbreaking biographical investigation."
A biography focused on a statesman's career during a period of profound political change. Read full book review >
FRIENDS DIVIDED by Gordon S. Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An illuminating history of early Americans that is especially timely in the ugly, partisan-filled age of Trump."
The acclaimed historian engages in a compelling examination of the complex relationship of the Founding Fathers who eventually served as the second and third presidents of the United States. Read full book review >

IN SHOCK by Rana  Awdish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A sobering, well-rendered reality check on the desperate need for advanced training on compassion-centric modes of patient care."
A physician learns firsthand about the adverse aspects of the patient experience through her own catastrophic illness. Read full book review >
SHE READ TO US IN THE LATE AFTERNOONS by Kathleen Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A thought-provoking memoir about the significance of literature in life."
A distinguished fiction writer traces the relationship between significant periods in her life and the novels she was reading during those defining times. Read full book review >
UNQUALIFIED by Anna  Faris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A mildly compelling celebrity memoir primarily for fans of the author's podcast."
The comedic actress and podcaster reflects on her career journey and offers advice on relationships. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT by A.J.  Baime
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A warmly human portrait of an unlikely president."
A man unprepared for the presidency faces dire challenges. Read full book review >
MISFIT'S MANIFESTO  by Lidia Yuknavitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A beautifully written field guide to being weird."
One of the country's most gifted transgressive writers pens a love letter to her fellow misfits. Read full book review >
HANK AND JIM by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An entertaining, richly documented biography that will be appreciated by film and theater scholars as well as fans of these memorable actors."
A dual biography tracing the careers and 50-year friendship of two iconic American actors. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE SHADOW OF A GIANT by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There is no chance that the authors will knock Newton off his pedestal, but they present a well-documented argument that he owed more to the ideas of others than he admitted."
The story of Robert Hooke (1635-1703) and Edmond Halley (1656-1742) and an exploration of "how science might have developed if Isaac Newton had never lived." 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 >