Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BOOKSHOPS by Jorge  Carrión
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An insightful, educational, and erudite paean to bookshops."
A literate mappa mundi to bookstores. Read full book review >
HOTEL SCARFACE by Roben  Farzad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A gripping account of how the Mutiny's role in Miami's cocaine business changed not only the city, but America."
A history of the infamous Mutiny at Sailboat Bay hotel and nightclub, the epicenter of Miami's cocaine boom years. Read full book review >

JAMES WRIGHT by Jonathan  Blunk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A much-needed, engaging, and discerning biography that should help Wright find a new generation of readers."
An authorized biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite occasional fictional flourishes, these forgotten friendships, from illicit and scandalous to radical and inspiring, are revelations."
Rich and revealing portraits of four literary friendships. Read full book review >
ENDURANCE by Scott Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A worthy read for space buffs, to say nothing of anyone contemplating a voyage to the stars."
A four-time veteran of off-planet missions, including a year aboard the International Space Station, offers a view of astronautics that is at once compelling and cautionary. Read full book review >

YOU CAN’T BUY LOVE LIKE THAT  by Carol E. Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This work movingly renders the complex emotional landscape of living in and out of the closet."
A gay woman recounts her experiences during the 1960s and onward in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
ORIANA FALLACI by Cristina De Stefano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Fallaci left an enormous body of work, both journalism and fiction, and the future may demand a more definitive assessment of a long and productive career. But for now, this is a superb introduction to the life of an irreplaceable figure."
The great Italian writer gets her due in this short but captivating biography. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF SYLVIA PLATH VOLUME 1 by Sylvia Plath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A literary milestone: essential to any student of Plath's work and, by extension, of modern literature."
A monumental gathering, in the first of two volumes, of the scattered correspondence of the now iconic—and canonical—poet and novelist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In deftly capturing an 'epochal moment when medicine and science merged,' the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change."
Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. 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 >
SCHLESINGER by Richard Aldous
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A solid, well-researched life of one of America's 'finest narrative historians.'"
An admiring portrait of a historian who made history. Read full book review >
THE GOURMANDS' WAY by Justin Spring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A literary meal both luscious and lively—and essential to understanding our vacillating love affair with the French."
A thoroughly researched account of how Americans fell in and out of love with French cuisine and cooking. 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 >