Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD by Maude  Julien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A startling testament of survival."
A disturbing, engrossing memoir of a bizarre, highly abusive childhood. Read full book review >
AN UNCOMMON READER by Helen Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A well-informed perspective on early-20th-century literature."
A sensitive biography of an influential editor and critic. Read full book review >

CHARLES DARWIN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An illuminating new biography of a legendary figure in the scientific world whose legacy continues to draw reappraisals."
The prolific novelist and biographer probes the character and controversies of Charles Darwin's life and the controversial theory that turned the world on its head. Read full book review >
THE LAST 100 DAYS by David B.  Woolner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An elucidating, poignant study of an elusive leader."
Though ailing, exhausted, and stretched to the limit, Franklin Roosevelt had a driving mission until the end. Read full book review >
STALIN'S METEOROLOGIST by Olivier Rolin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A movingly illuminating biography."
A prizewinning French writer tells the story of how a Soviet meteorologist lionized by Stalin was wrongfully imprisoned and executed during the Great Purge of the 1930s. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An impassioned exposé that uncovers a significant danger within the contemporary health care industry."
Intensive reporting on the downsides of the high-risk medical device industry. Read full book review >
HOMELAND SECURITY ATE MY SPEECH by Ariel Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Dorfman's likening of Donald Trump to Faulkner's Flem Snopes alone is worth the price of admission, and if there's a certain sameness to the indignation piece after piece, it's a worthy addition to the library of resistance."
Chilean refugee Dorfman (Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile, 2011, etc.), long resident in the United States, turns in a spirited rebuke of things as they are. Read full book review >
A YEAR OF WRITING DANGEROUSLY by Keith  Gandal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2017

"Revelations about self-doubt, authority, competitiveness, and striving for recognition may resonate with other academics, less with general readers."
A sabbatical year proves both personally and professionally stressful. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A rewarding, expert biography of a giant of the golden age of physics."
A fine life of the scientist "who knew everything about physics, the study of matter, energy, time, and their relationship." Read full book review >
SHOULD THE TENT BE BURNING LIKE THAT? by Bill Heavey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Jam-packed with thoughtful lore and adventure, this book can be enjoyed by those who aren't hunting or fishing folk, but those who participate are the primary audience."
More forays into the sportsman's world from a lively and adroit guide. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An absorbing tale of the profundity of the human-chimp bond and how it can inform interactions among humans."
The story of how a doctor's experiences with wild chimpanzees influenced his work with his human patients. Read full book review >
THE SABOTEUR by Paul  Kix
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A winner: the stories are fascinating, the pages nearly turn themselves, and La Rochefoucauld is a true hero."
The page-turning tale of a World War II hero who would fit comfortably into any good spy thriller. 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 >