Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

OFF THE CHARTS by Ann Hulbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2018

"A persuasive argument for nurturing 'childhood normalcy' even for the stunningly gifted and talented."
A journalist vividly portrays the positive and negative impacts of being a child prodigy. Read full book review >
THE EPIC CITY by Kushanava Choudhury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A candid and often moving history of a city's dramatic past and roiling present."
The son of immigrant parents creates a vivid, affectionate, and gritty portrait of a complex city. Read full book review >

TEARS OF SALT by Pietro Bartolo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Though the chronological hopscotch makes it more like a scrapbook collection of memories than a cohesive narrative, there is great hope and poignancy here."
On a remote island between Italy and Africa, a doctor does everything he can to deal with the health crises of refugees. Read full book review >
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Max Boot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Controversial in some of its conclusions, perhaps, as Lansdale's arguments were in their day, and essential reading for students of military policy and the Vietnam conflict."
A probing, timely study of wrong turns in the American conduct of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
THE LAST LONDON by Iain  Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"This is no ordinary memoir, but we wouldn't expect such from one of England's most inventive psychogeographic writers. Patience will reward each reader in his or her own way."
An unconventional, atmospheric exploration of London from one its most unique chroniclers. Read full book review >

IN DAYS TO COME by Avraham Burg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A heartfelt synthesis of a coming-of-age story, a political jeremiad, a memoir, and a manifesto."
A leftist Israeli activist delivers a singular sermon explaining what needs urgent repair in the Jewish democracy. Read full book review >
NO WAY BUT THIS by Jeff Sparrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A lucid, thought-provoking tribute to Robeson by an author determined to stand where Robeson stood and imagine what he thought."
An Australian journalist and author walks in the footsteps of Paul Robeson (1898-1976), the gifted, celebrated, and controversial athlete, singer, actor, and social activist. Read full book review >
TREATING PEOPLE WELL by Lea Berman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"There's a shortage of books of advice to courtiers in the world. This one may not be quite in the league of Judith Martin, to say nothing of Machiavelli, but it's still highly entertaining and highly useful."
Have an urge to tweet, angrily, in the middle of the night? You might wish to curb it after reading this guide to modern manners by two former White House staffers. Read full book review >
GETTING OFF by Erica Garza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A provocative sojourn through the wilderness of sexual addiction."
A sex addict's bracing chronicle of erotic dependency. Read full book review >
TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Moving and deeply personal, Corrigan's portraits of love and loss urge readers to speak more carefully and hold on tighter to the people they love."
Ruminations about the power of 12 of life's essential phrases and the difficulty in learning to say them out loud. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Minutaglio and Davis are superb storytellers, and throughout the narrative, they nimbly move between their two converging subjects. Their account is expertly detailed and blessedly fat-free."
A riveting international chase between a tenacious but paranoid cat and a wily but delusional mouse. Read full book review >
BREAKING WHITE SUPREMACY by Gary Dorrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A richly detailed book of much scholarly interest to students and practitioners of church-based social activism."
Intellectual history of Martin Luther King Jr.'s forebears in the tradition of social gospel and how he extended their work into the political sphere. 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 >