Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE ART OF MISDIAGNOSIS by Gayle Brandeis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A uniquely graceful, gorgeously written and composed collage of grief, misunderstanding, love, and an attempt at familial closure through art and prose."
A novelist, poet, and writing teacher mourns the tragic loss of her tormented mother. Read full book review >
IT'S ALL RELATIVE by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book."
The bestselling immersion journalist embarks on a world-spanning journey of family and genealogy. Read full book review >

LENIN by Victor Sebestyen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A compelling, cleareyed portrait of a dictator whose politics have unfortunate relevance for today."
An illuminating new biography of the cold, calculating ruler on whom the subsequent Soviet state modeled itself. Read full book review >
MONOGRAPH BY CHRIS WARE by Chris Ware
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"This collection has a last-word feel to it, offering a delightful summation of a fruitful and very busy last few decades. Fans, of course, will want much more, but this makes a great start."
The noted artist, collector, and visionary offers a personal anthology/memoir, complete with junior high photos and memories of the cul-de-sacs of Omaha. Read full book review >
FIRST TIME EVER by Peggy  Seeger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A quirky, unique, and fabulously memorable memoir."
A British-American musician reflects on her long life and colorful career as a folk singer. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thoughtful and thoroughly well-told—just the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully."
Blood is thicker than water, but friendship is perhaps thickest of all, particularly when it acts as a poultice for seemingly unhealable wounds. Read full book review >
CALDER by Jed Perl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Not only an essential record of the first 40 years of Calder's life, but an exceptional chronicle of the genesis of modernism."
A meticulously researched biography of one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. Read full book review >
STALIN by Stephen Kotkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A well-written, finely detailed installment in a definitive biography—sure to receive many prize nominations this year."
The massive second volume of the author's biography of the Russian dictator who went from "learning to be a dictator to becoming impatient with dictatorship and forging a despotism in mass bloodshed." Read full book review >
I CAN'T BREATHE by Matt Taibbi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Sure to be a fixture on any reading list or curriculum regarding the woeful state of the American criminal justice system."
Rolling Stone contributing editor Taibbi (Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, 2017, etc.) goes behind the scenes of an infamous police killing of an unarmed black man to explore a tragic national phenomenon. 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 >
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 >
LEONARDO DA VINCI by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes."
A majestic biography of "history's most creative genius." 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 >