Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO FANNIE DAVIS by Bridgett M. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 2019

"This outstanding book is a tribute to one woman but will surely speak to the experiences of many."
A remarkable story of a mother whose "ingenuity and talent and dogged pursuit of happiness made possible [her family's] beautiful home, brimming refrigerator and quality education." Read full book review >
DEEP CREEK by Pam Houston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 2019

"A profound and inspiring love letter to one piece of Earth—and to the rest of it, as well."
A collection of essays about finding and maintaining one's place on our changing planet. Read full book review >

ROCK NEEDS RIVER by Vanessa McGrady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2019

"An expressive and love-filled tale of a unique adoption scenario."
A memoir from a woman who adopted a baby girl and then supported the birth parents when they became homeless. Read full book review >
SHAMELESS by Nadia Bolz-Weber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2019

"Sure to be helpful to many readers and just as sure to be controversial."
The whip-smart pastor and author of Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (2015) channels Martin Luther and calls for the church to reform its approach to sex. Read full book review >
EDWARD M. KENNEDY by Barbara A. Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2019

"A valuable historical record, but transcribed interviews are often a tough slog, so many readers will prefer to wait for historians to absorb and interpret the material."
The latest in the publisher's oral history project: Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009). Read full book review >

JUST ANOTHER NIGGER by Don Cox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2019

"Despite flaws, a valuable primary-source recollection from an incendiary time."
An unapologetic firsthand account of the Black Panthers during their turbulent prime. Read full book review >
THE BOLD WORLD by Jodie Patterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"An emotionally saturated memoir: dynamic, moving, and colorful."
In her poignant debut memoir, entrepreneur and social activist Patterson unfolds her familial lineage of women who wrestled with marriage either through divorces or in their rejection of the institution altogether, often opting for "partnership without laws." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"Full of a wide range of insights and emotions, these essays effectively show the difficulties of being a mixed-race, same-sex family in America."
Two women, an adopted black son, and the prejudices and fears they endure as a family. Read full book review >
I AM YOURS by Reema Zaman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"An eloquently searching and intelligent memoir."
A Bangladesh-born author, actor, and speaker tells the story of her search for self-acceptance and a life lived across continents. Read full book review >
THE MASTER PLAN by Chris Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"A smoothly written memoir steeped in positive reinforcement and hope for the future."
The uplifting story of a convict who beat a life prison sentence through education and dedication. Read full book review >
DON'T LET ME DOWN by Erin Hosier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"A vividly rhythmic chronicle of reconciliation couched with a 1960s rock-'n'-roll soundtrack."
A successful literary agent recounts her life and especially her relationship with her father, who was "a mass of contradictions: a pacifist and a tyrant, an optimist with demons, a hippie and a conservative, a proud father and jerk, and a boy and a man." Read full book review >
ANTARCTICA'S LOST AVIATOR by Jeff Maynard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"Filled with a sumptuous cast of real-life adventurers, this is an engrossing and stirring tale."
The biography of a man who "competed for the last great prize in polar exploration." 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 >