Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Perhaps not the soul of basketball but certainly the wallet. A fine work of sports journalism and a must for every bookish roundball fan."
A blow-by-blow account of the 2010-2011 NBA season, which reshaped the face of pro basketball in a flurry of big money. Read full book review >
GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >

THE ART OF THE WASTED DAY by Patricia Hampl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"'Loneliness eats away at you,' writes the author. 'Solitude fills and fills you.' A captivating and revelatory memoir."
A writer's life is conveyed through "a lens of penetrating inquiry." Read full book review >
SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT by J. Brooks Flippen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing history that sheds light on our own fractious times."
A revealing biography of a complex, contradictory political leader. Read full book review >
RUDY’S RULES FOR TRAVEL by Mary K. Jensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A book that will make readers want to pack their bags and catch the first flight to somewhere far away."
A set of rules for life, by way of a delightful travel narrative. Read full book review >

REDLINED by Linda Gartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A rich remembrance of a captivating, transformative era in American history."
A stunning debut memoir that documents the societal and racial changes of the mid-20th century, told from the perspective of a Chicago family caught in the middle of them. Read full book review >
SPACE ODYSSEY by Michael Benson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essential for students of film history, to say nothing of Kubrick's most successful movie."
A fascinating, detail-rich account of the long slog to make the science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read full book review >
THE RECOVERING by Leslie Jamison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"The bracing, unflinching, and beautifully resonant history of a writer's addiction and hard-won reclamation."
An alcoholic's confessional of life from buzzed adolescence to blitzed adulthood and the fellowship of recovery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A modest, beguiling biography that brilliantly mirrors its understated and remarkable subject."
This straightforward, enthusiastic biography by Eichinger and Everson recounts the life story of Eric Liddell, the Olympic athlete whose achievements inspired the iconic movie Chariots of Fire. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF MARK TWAIN by Gary Scharnhorst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2018

"A lively, richly detailed, and sharply perceptive biography."
The transformation of newspaperman Samuel Clemens into popular essayist and entertainer Mark Twain. Read full book review >
THE LIST by Amy Siskind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"An astonishing roster, documenting history as it is being made and democracy as it is being unmade."
A Homeric catalog, in numbered lists, of all the wrongs the current occupant of the White House has done unto the republic. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BARONS by Christian Davenport
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers frustrated at the trickle of news from China (the only nation with an active manned space program) will thrill at this lucid, detailed, and admiring account of wealthy space buffs who are spending their own money, making headlines, producing genuine technical advances, and resurrecting the yearning to explore the cosmos."
An enthusiastic account of the pursuit of "a holy grail—a technology with the potential to dramatically lower the cost of space travel." 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 >