Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE BAREFOOT WOMAN by Scholastique Mukasonga
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A loving, urgent memorial to people now 'deep in the jumble of some ossuary' who might otherwise be forgotten in time."
A profoundly affecting memoir of a mother lost to ethnic violence. Read full book review >
BABEL by Gaston Dorren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A deft, spirited exploration of the connection of language to a nation's identity and culture."
Multilingual Dutch journalist and linguist Dorren (Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages, 2015, etc.) proves to be a genial, fascinating guide to the modes, manners, and curiosities of the most-spoken languages in the world. Read full book review >

HANDEL IN LONDON by Jane Glover
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Lush and illuminating—a lovely structure built on a solid foundation of research, expertise, and affection."
How and why the young German musical genius moved to London, where his budding talent blossomed. Read full book review >
ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS by Mark Griffin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"An engrossing and carefully documented account of a beloved film icon's life."
A thoughtful exploration of the career and elusive private life of Rock Hudson (1925-1985). Read full book review >
UNPRESIDENTED by Martha Brockenbrough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A thorough, timely guide to a wretched hive of scum and villainy. (family tree, timeline, biographies, endnotes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 12-adult)"
A painstaking account of the personal and business practices that somehow failed to prevent the Trumps from becoming America's first family. Read full book review >

BREAKING NEWS by Alan Rusbridger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"In equal measure: informative, alarming, discerning, hopeful, proud, and humble."
A former editor of Guardian News and Media (1995-2015) chronicles the profound recent changes in journalism using the Guardian's story as his primary illustration. Read full book review >
EDGE OF ORDER by Daniel Libeskind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"The 'shock of the new' is evident everywhere in this revealing, accessible, and luscious memoir."
With gusto, an exuberant architect considers his life and work. Read full book review >
TRIPS by Arthur W.  Goodhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2018

"An engaging picaresque that explores the role of chance and fate inside the casino and out."
Poker becomes the key to understanding life and history—though not to winning money—in this meditative gambling memoir. Read full book review >
HUNGOVER by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A sharp, entertaining foray into one of civilization's most ancient and agonizing quandaries."
An investigation of one of the primary downsides of alcohol that has forever plagued and puzzled the world's drinkers: the common hangover. Read full book review >
LATE-LIFE LOVE by Susan Gubar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"In a book filled with wit, candor, and poignancy, the author concludes, 'late-life love may heat at a lower temperature, but it bubbles and rises.'"
A deeply personal and bittersweet paean to love "immune to the vicissitude of time." Read full book review >
THE SAVAGE FRONTIER by Matthew Carr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A vivid, deeply informed travelogue."
A storied mountain range reflects its tumultuous history. 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 >