Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Nick Bunker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An engaging, illuminating biography of a captivating figure."
For his first four decades, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) strived for success as a printer, publisher, and journalist. Read full book review >
THE INCURABLE ROMANTIC by Frank Tallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Moving, at times disturbing, and revealing—like having a productive, revelatory discussion with a trusted friend."
A veteran clinical psychologist in the U.K. recounts some of his cases involving those tormented by Cupid, Eros, and all the other love gods who meddle in our affairs. Read full book review >

KAFKA'S LAST TRIAL by Benjamin Balint
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A fascinating tale of literary friendship, loyalty, political power, and feckless law."
The Kafkaesque story of who owns Franz Kafka's manuscripts. Read full book review >
HEART by Sandeep Jauhar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Another in the everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about genre, but a superior example."
A cardiologist writes on his favorite organ. Read full book review >
BECOMING LINCOLN by William W. Freehling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A must for every Civil War library."
A Bancroft Award-winning historian brings his considerable Civil War expertise to bear in searching for Abraham Lincoln's beginnings and the events that shaped him. Read full book review >

THEN THEY CAME FOR ME by Matthew D. Hockenos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"The writing lacks flair, but Niemöller's story is a valuable study in individual resistance to tyranny."
The tale of German pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984), whose writings have become central documents of liberation theology. Read full book review >
MY OWN DEVICES by Dessa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An above-average memoir that itself serves as the musician's next career chapter."
A rapper shows that her facility with language and revelation extends beyond music. Read full book review >
10,000 MILES WITH MY DEAD FATHER'S ASHES by Devin Galaudet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A candid and humorous tale."
A seasoned traveler's memoir about his father's death and the nagging need to make peace with the past. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A thoroughly researched biography of a remarkable figure."
The story of a dynamic political outsider who mounted a formidable challenge to Franklin D. Roosevelt for the presidency. Read full book review >
BILLION DOLLAR WHALE by Tom Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"As the authors amply prove, the scandal reaches far beyond Low. To succeed, he relied on the naiveté, greed, and generally immoral conduct of huge banks as well as corrupt governments."
Wall Street Journal reporters Wright and Hope tell the story of a massive international financial scandal they initially exposed in the newspaper in 2015, reporting that made them finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Read full book review >
ELIZA HAMILTON by Tilar J. Mazzeo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A middling biography of a worthy subject."
The life of Mrs. Alexander Hamilton. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A minor-episode-in-history yarn that gets spun out a couple of dozen pages too long but that has legs all the same."
From the strange-but-true annals, a wild ride through the Depression era, one foot at a time. 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 >