Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

HELP! by Thomas Brothers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A fresh blend of scholarly musical analysis and provocative ideas about creativity and how composers create great art."
A convincing case that some of the greatest music in history was not the work of one brilliant mind but rather a result of the commingling of ideas that happens when two complementary artists team up. Read full book review >
ERNEST HEMINGWAY by Michael Katakis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A fine essay by Susan Spanier and a cleareyed post-mortem on Hemingway written by John Steinbeck in 1961 are highlights of a book that should have managed more resonance."
A worshipful homage to Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). Read full book review >

JOHNNY CASH by Alan Light
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A treat for the Man in Black's many fans."
A profusely illustrated volume documents a celebrated performer's struggles and hard-won triumphs. Read full book review >
ROBERT GRAVES by Jean Moorcroft Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A sympathetic perspective on Graves' eventful life."
A sensitive rendering of the poet's formative years. Read full book review >
THE RUNNER by Markus Torgeby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A slim, mildly inspirational book suggesting that you have to risk getting lost in order to find yourself."
A memoir about living in the wilderness, withstanding the elements, seeing no one, and doing almost nothing but running. Read full book review >

THIS WILL ONLY HURT A LITTLE by Busy Philipps
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Ultimately, the book is a page-turner, albeit one in which the need for the readers' approval is felt on nearly every page."
A highly candid, tell-all memoir from the cult-favorite actress. Read full book review >
MAD, BAD, DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Colm Tóibín
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A short but entertaining, thoroughly engaging study on the agony of filial influence."
Irish literary geniuses and their fathers: three compelling portraits that measure just how far the apple falls from the tree. Read full book review >
LET IT BANG by RJ Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Race and guns make an explosive combination."
Young chronicles his attempts to bond with his white father-in-law by embracing the gun culture that he previously held at arm's length. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A thoughtful survey, though general readers may prefer more popular studies by Robert Remini and H.W. Brands."
High-strung, scarcely literate, combative, vengeful, power-hungry, and corrupt: The adjectives could come from any headline covering presidential politics, but here they center on a president elected in 1828 with a powerful machine behind him. Read full book review >
CHARLIE COMPANY'S JOURNEY HOME by Andrew Wiest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A painful yet impressive account of the effects of war on the families left behind."
A focused Vietnam War-era history of the "wives and families…left behind for war." Read full book review >
THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"There's little that dedicated Kobe fans don't already know, but the book is a visually beautiful presentation that would make an ideal gift for the Lakers fan in the house."
The future NBA Hall of Famer explores his process and craft. Read full book review >
I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU by Kelsey Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Nostalgic and affectionate, with plenty of dish; just the thing for fans of the show."
Lifestyle journalist Miller (Big Girl: How I Gave up Dieting and Got a Life, 2016) goes behind the scenes of Friends. 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 >