Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE MAN WHO MADE THE MOVIES by Vanda  Krefft
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"An insightful and solidly documented though often ponderous history of the early days of cinema—of primary interest to film scholars."
A biography of the silent film-era producer and theater entrepreneur whose name lives on through the major studio he founded. Read full book review >
1917 by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Mixing both real events and a few moments of speculation, a fine account of a climacteric year."
Dual biography of two men who stand in this account as avatars of worldwide change in a critical historical moment. Read full book review >

A VILLAGE WITH MY NAME by Scott  Tong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A solid exploration of China past and present in which the author climbs 'a punishing mountain of history with [his] intergenerational team.'"
In his first book, Marketplace correspondent Tong offers a unique look into the lives of his Chinese relatives since the communist takeover in 1949. Read full book review >
DIVERSIFYING DIPLOMACY by Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"An informative, behind-the-scenes look at one black woman's rise through the ranks of the Foreign Service when few others like her were serving as diplomats."
How a young black woman from Boston rose to a long, distinguished career in foreign service. Read full book review >
WHY I'M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni  Eddo-Lodge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A sharp, compelling, and impassioned book."
A London-based journalist offers her perspective on race in Britain in the early 21st century. Read full book review >

SILENCE by Erling  Kagge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An eloquent and persuasive argument for the significance of silence, in all of its forms, from an author who has explored the limits of the human experience."
A slender investigation into the idea of silence and its importance to those who dwell in the ceaseless noise of the modern world. Read full book review >
SHOULD THE TENT BE BURNING LIKE THAT? by Bill Heavey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Jam-packed with thoughtful lore and adventure, this book can be enjoyed by those who aren't hunting or fishing folk, but those who participate are the primary audience."
More forays into the sportsman's world from a lively and adroit guide. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An absorbing tale of the profundity of the human-chimp bond and how it can inform interactions among humans."
The story of how a doctor's experiences with wild chimpanzees influenced his work with his human patients. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A rewarding, expert biography of a giant of the golden age of physics."
A fine life of the scientist "who knew everything about physics, the study of matter, energy, time, and their relationship." Read full book review >
THE SABOTEUR by Paul  Kix
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A winner: the stories are fascinating, the pages nearly turn themselves, and La Rochefoucauld is a true hero."
The page-turning tale of a World War II hero who would fit comfortably into any good spy thriller. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Many readers will agree that we are currently living in 'demented times,' and Sigmund adeptly lays out a history that has great relevance for today."
The course of Western philosophy was profoundly altered by the work of a small band of Vienna intellectuals a century ago. Sigmund (Emeritus, Mathematics/Univ. of Vienna; Games of Life: Explorations in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 2017, etc.) tells their story. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN'S EROICA by James Hamilton-Paterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A valuable guide to one of the most remarkable works of a musical giant whose undeniable genius continues to resonate centuries after his death."
Novelist and nonfiction author Hamilton-Paterson (Blackbird: The Story of the Lockheed SR-71 Spy Plane, 2017, etc.) delves into the cultural and historical impact of Beethoven's groundbreaking third symphony, the "Eroica." 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 >