Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

CHURCHILL AND ORWELL by Thomas E. Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach."
A joint biography of two men who "led the way, politically and intellectually, in responding to the twin totalitarian threats of fascism and communism" in the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Thomas S. Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A highly accessible study of an enigmatic yet influential faith life."
What did Benjamin Franklin really think of God? Read full book review >

LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU by Jennifer Preuss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A pleasant remembrance and an easygoing beach read."
A memoir about friendship, womanhood, and the idea that girls just want to have fun. Read full book review >
PARADISE LOST by David S. Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2017

"A well-organized and sensitive portrait of a writer living to the fullest in his own time but always desirous of a 'paradise lost.'"
A fresh biography of the great American writer. Read full book review >
THERE'S A MYSTERY THERE by Jonathan Cott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"With minimal redundancy, the voices culminate to illuminate an extraordinarily rich picture book, provide fresh insight into human needs, and inspire appreciation for the rewards of looking closely."
Conversations with the legendary children's book creator, along with "companion guides" exploring the artist's psyche and works. Read full book review >

GOETHE by Rüdiger Safranski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A penetrating, engrossing biography of a literary giant."
A masterful life of the prolific playwright, novelist, statesman, and poet who defined German romanticism. Read full book review >
NARROW RIVER, WIDE SKY by Jenny Forrester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A modest, thoughtful memoir that traces hard-won liberation from the past."
The landscape and culture of west Colorado are vividly evoked in an accomplished literary debut. Read full book review >
HOW DARE THE SUN RISE by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"This hard-hitting autobiography will have readers reeling as it shows one young woman's challenging path to healing. (Memoir. 13-adult)"
At the age of 10, author Uwiringiyimana went through horrors no one, let alone a child, should ever have to go through. Read full book review >
EVERYWHERE HOME by Fenton Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"In taut, sometimes-tense prose, Johnson shows us so many varieties of human pain as well as many glimmers of hope."
A writer with deep Appalachian roots rehearses his life story, positioning it under the most exacting of microscopes. Read full book review >
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A powerful evocation of the raw pain of emotional scars."
An accomplished literary debut weaves memoir and true-crime investigation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A painstakingly researched portrait of the political landscape as the country inched toward civil war."
The second installment of the acclaimed historian and former Clinton adviser's massive study of Abraham Lincoln delves into his deeply cerebral "wilderness years" out of the political spotlight. Read full book review >
LOVE, AFRICA by Jeffrey  Gettleman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A stark, eye-opening, and sometimes-horrifying portrait by a reporter enthralled by the 'power and magic' of Africa."
A passionate debut memoir bears witness to political turmoil. 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 >