Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

HOOSIER HYSTERIA by Meri Henriques  Vahl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2018

"This well-paced narrative absorbingly depicts a handful of lives in Indiana in a pivotal year."
A New Yorker faces challenges at a Midwestern college as the turmoil of the 1960s erupts in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
BARONS OF THE SEA by Steven Ujifusa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A vivid account of larger-than-life if not always attractive characters and a technological marvel that briefly captivated the Victorian world."
Fifty years before the robber barons, immense fortunes in the young United States flowed to great shipping firms, a brutal, sometimes lucrative, and technologically creative enterprise brilliantly chronicled by naval historian Ujifusa (A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States, 2012). Read full book review >

THE KING'S ASSASSIN by Benjamin Woolley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A perfect choice for readers who love English history, especially the Stuart period."
A history of a regicide plot against James I (1566-1625). Read full book review >
ON THE GANGES by George Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A worthwhile work that will please armchair travelers and historians."
A lively journey down the Ganges River via off-the-beaten-path destinations and historical moments. Read full book review >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
THE WIDOWER'S NOTEBOOK by Jonathan Santlofer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An expressive and poetic tribute to a wife and a marriage that died without warning."
When his wife dies, a man learns to live with the vacuum of space she's left behind. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"Fittingly, Vincent and Vladic close their enthralling, thrillerlike, meticulously researched book with the discovery of the wreckage, bringing the 85-year-old saga of the Indianapolis to a close."
A gripping study of the greatest sea disaster in the history of the U.S. Navy and its aftermath. 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 >