Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

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 >
HARA HOTEL by Teresa Thornhill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A brave, affecting book about a continuing humanitarian crisis."
Thornhill (The Curtain Maker of Beirut: Conversations with the Lebanese, 2011, etc.) offers a personal account of her time volunteering in Greece as refugees arrived from Syria and other nations beset by strife. Read full book review >

MISS EX-YUGOSLAVIA by Sofija Stefanovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A fresh and timely perspective on the immigrant experience—required reading for fans of Stefanovic and a strong inducement for newcomers to explore the rest of her work."
A writer and raconteur chronicles her life growing up in the former-Yugoslavian immigrant subculture of 1990s Australia. Read full book review >
BUTTERMILK GRAFFITI by Edward Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A heartfelt and forward-thinking book in which Lee's experiences and travel accounts successfully create an eager appetite for adventurous recipes, the stories behind the relationships of the people that inspire them, and a strong appreciation for the cooking traditions they've upheld."
An acclaimed chef and restaurateur travels across the country to explore the cultural history behind the evolving American cuisine. Read full book review >
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 >

THE GIRL FROM KATHMANDU by Cam Simpson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A powerful work of investigative journalism, one that speaks volumes about the business of war and of human slavery alike."
How war profiteering in the Middle East tore apart a village in the Himalayan foothills. Read full book review >
THE BURNING SHORES by Frederic Wehrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Essential reading for anyone interested in the facts of the Benghazi attacks and in the future of a definitively troubled region."
A searing tale of violence, chaos, and unintended consequences in post-Gadhafi Libya. Read full book review >
FUTUREFACE by Alex Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A timely investigation that turns up 'sad confirmation that animus and violence and expulsion always end up screwing everyone, even the people doing the expelling.'"
A cultural commentator turns her acute observational skills and journalistic skills to the mystery of her own heritage. 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 >
MR. LEAR by Jenny Uglow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A well-wrought life of an eminent Victorian who merits our broader acquaintance."
"They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon": spirited biography of the often dispirited master of the nonsense rhyme. Read full book review >
CANCER CROSSINGS by Tim Wendel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2018

"A sensitive and thoughtful excavation of a painful period in the author's life."
A journalist recounts his brother's fight against leukemia and the pioneering doctors who worked to prolong his life. Read full book review >
A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOUD by Chris Stamey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2018

"A standout addition to the crowded shelf of recollections by the underground iconoclasts of the 1980s and '90s."
A charming, knowledgeable memoir by an esteemed first-generation indie-rock musician. 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 >