Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

PRAIRIE FIRES by Caroline Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A vivid portrait of frontier life and one of its most ardent celebrants."
A sensitive biography of the author of Little House on the Prairie. Read full book review >
THE REPORTER'S KITCHEN by Jane Kramer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A joyous feast of food, travel, and human relationships."
The longtime New Yorker European correspondent gathers a selection of her finest food-and-travel essays. Read full book review >

CARTOON COUNTY by Cullen Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Fun to flip through; engrossing to read."
Part memoir, part cultural history, part treasure trove of drawings and photographs, many previously unpublished—and all thoroughly delightful as a celebration of the golden age of newspaper comics. Read full book review >
UNCOMMON PEOPLE by David Hepworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A lively compendium of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll."
An award-winning music journalist compiles a spirited celebration of rock stars. Read full book review >
GOLD DUST WOMAN by Stephen Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"An entertaining rock biography, even if you're a take-it-or-leave-it fan of the singer."
An unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks (b. 1948), best known as the lead singer for Fleetwood Mac. Read full book review >

DAVID BOWIE MADE ME GAY by Darryl W.  Bullock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Well-researched and brimming with intrigue, Bullock's comprehensive study not only makes the work of scores of musicians sing anew; it also demonstrates how the pendulum of acceptance can swing from era to era."
An encyclopedic look at the lives of formative Western LGBT musicians and performers. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF DEATH by Ralph  R. Rossell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"A candid, sensitive, and occasionally humorous account of life as a funeral director."
A debut memoir that meticulously documents every aspect of growing up and working in a Flushing, Michigan, funeral parlor. Read full book review >
COLLUSION by Luke Harding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 2017

"Collusion? The Trump administration, by Harding's account, is soaking in it. Stay tuned."
Guardian foreign correspondent Harding (The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, 2014, etc.) offers a sneak peek at details of the "Steele dossier" that have yet to unfold—and the evidence is damning indeed. Read full book review >
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A sparklingly intelligent and well-researched cultural history."
A New-York Historical Society historian examines the impact of 20th-century newspaper columnist and women's self-help guru Marjorie Hillis (1889-1971). Read full book review >
COUNTING BACKWARDS by Henry Jay  Przybylo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tour of a mystifying, unnerving, yet precious medical necessity."
A veteran anesthesiologist probes the origins and mysteries of medically induced unconsciousness. Read full book review >
DRAGON AT THE EDGE OF A FLAT WORLD by Joseph  Keckler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An intermittently engaging scenester's account from the city that never sleeps."
A category-defying publishing debut by a category-defying singer. 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 >