Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

LITTLE DANCER AGED FOURTEEN by Camille Laurens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A tale of artistic endeavor with more agony than ecstasy—an insightful but uneven long-form scholarly essay."
French novelist and essayist Laurens (Who You Think I Am, 2017, etc.) considers the history and meanings surrounding Edgar Degas' famous sculpture and the young woman who posed for it. Read full book review >
THE CIRCUIT by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A treat for avid tennis fans."
The Paris Review sports columnist follows a nail-biting tour of men's professional tennis. Read full book review >

THE PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE by Brittany Ackerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A brief but poignant memoir."
A nonfiction writer and teacher's debut memoir about a loving but fraught relationship with her brother and the addiction to drugs they both shared. 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 >
BARKING WITH THE BIG DOGS by Natalie Babbitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A must for children's literature professionals and aficionados."
The celebrated children's book author and illustrator reflects on writing and reading children's literature from her long, unique perspective. Read full book review >

SMASH! by Ian Winwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A savvy reminiscence of the era when punk finally paid its debt to society."
Straightforward account of the improbably profitable second coming of punk rock. Read full book review >
SPIRITUAL VIXEN'S GUIDE TO AN UNAPOLOGETIC LIFE by Maureen  Muldoon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A sassy, colorful take on New-Age insights."
A self-help memoir about one woman overcoming a broken marriage and alcoholism to find spiritual fulfillment. Read full book review >
NOTES FROM CYBERGROUND by Mikhail Iossel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A vigorous call for Americans to defeat 'the stubborn virus of trumpism in its bloodstream.'"
Anger- and outrage-filled dispatches from a Russian-born writer. Read full book review >
THE STRUGGLE IS ETERNAL by Joseph R. Fitzgerald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2018

"An admiring celebration of one woman's important contribution to an ongoing struggle."
A detailed biography of a once-prominent civil rights activist. 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 >
KEEPING AT IT by Paul Volcker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"An orderly, winning book from the economist whose Volcker Rule limits risk-taking by banks."
The former chairman of the Federal Reserve describes the "challenge and satisfactions of public service" and laments the "breakdown" of effective governance in the United States. 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 >