Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

TORN FROM THE WORLD by John Gibler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2018

"The reasons why this book can't tell the whole story—and how the stories it tells conflict—are fascinating tales in their own right."
An account of a guerrilla prisoner's torture in—and eventual escape from—a secret Mexican prison. Read full book review >
PATHETICA by Dale R. Schuss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2018

"A self-indulgent read that contains excellent '80s nostalgia but fails to be compelling."
This debut memoir chronicles the author's Canadian adolescence and awkward teenage friendships. Read full book review >

CANCERLAND by David Scadden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"Illuminating reading on the legacy of a cancer authority."
Stories of loss and hope from distinguished Harvard oncologist Scadden. Read full book review >
THE BRINK by Marc Ambinder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An informative and often enthralling book, but it is tough sledding. Readers must pay strict attention lest they get lost in the story."
An account of the tense relations between the United States and the Soviet Union during Ronald Reagan's first presidential term. Read full book review >
THE PRISON LETTERS OF NELSON MANDELA by Nelson Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"A valuable contribution to our understanding of one of history's most vital figures."
An epistolary memoir of Nelson Mandela's prison years. Read full book review >

FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL by Beck Dorey-Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"Gossipy books can be fun; if only this one had been better written."
Politics and romance among Barack Obama's staffers. Read full book review >
THE COST OF LIVING by Deborah Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An elegant, candid meditation on the fraught journey to self-knowledge."
After divorce and her mother's death, a writer struggles to redefine herself. Read full book review >
SOMEONE HAS LED THIS CHILD TO BELIEVE by Regina Louise
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"A sometimes-intriguing and occasionally moving patchwork of the moments left out of the author's first memoir and what happened later."
The follow-up to Somebody's Someone (2003), Louise's well-received debut memoir about her experiences in foster care. Read full book review >
BEFORE AND AFTER ALEXANDER by Richard A. Billows
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An absorbing revisionist history of the ancient world."
A historian of ancient Greece debunks the greatness of Alexander. Read full book review >
OBAMA by Brian Abrams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An entertaining, enlightening look at an administration that was never dull."
An oral biography of the Barack Obama administration, culled from interviews conducted between May 2016 and October 2017. Read full book review >
THE LOST CHAPTERS by Leslie Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An absorbing, emotionally raw memoir."
An intimate chronicle of the cruel and dehumanizing experience of incarceration. Read full book review >
NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS by Glynnis MacNicol
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"A funny, frank, and fearless memoir."
A successful journalist's account of how she came to terms with being a single woman over 40. 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 >