Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

EAT THE APPLE by Matt  Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A real war story told in fragments by a gifted young writer trying to come to grips with his experiences."
In this debut memoir, Young (English/Centralia Coll.) reflects on his experiences joining the Marine Corps at the age of 18 and his subsequent tour in Iraq. Read full book review >
MY FATHER'S WAKE by Kevin Toolis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"From the graveside of an Irish Republican Army execution victim, whose young son cries inconsolably at his loss, to that of the author's own father, Toolis provides a series of intimate, eye-opening visits with the end-of-life process."
A gut-wrenching exploration of death from an Irish perspective. Read full book review >

PAUL by N.T. Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A very human Paul, brought to life by an experienced teacher and pastor—an excellent introduction for general readers."
Wright (New Testament and Early Christianity/University of St. Andrews; The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion, 2016, etc.) draws from a lifetime of study on the figure of Paul to construct this useful biography of the early Christian missionary. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An intriguing perspective on a profession that very quickly captivated our attention—a great gift idea for the foodie in the house."
A tasty venture in a culinary wonderland. Read full book review >
RENOIR'S DANCER by Catherine Hewitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A well-researched tribute to and resurrection of a master of fin de siècle art."
Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) may not be a name most people mention when they discuss great artists. This biography should change that. Read full book review >

ONE GOAL by Amy Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An edifying and adrenaline-charged tale of how immigrant soccer players were able to translate 'tight-knit family and community connection to success on the field.'"
United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Read full book review >
TIME PIECES by John Banville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Told in a conversational style both luscious and luxuriant, this is exquisite work by a master craftsman."
The celebrated author turns inward with this enchanting memoir about his beloved hometown. Read full book review >
NEVER REMEMBER by Masha Gessen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago."
A charged indictment of Soviet terror and historical amnesia alike. Read full book review >
ASTRID LINDGREN by Jens Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Readers who grew up on Lindgren's stories will find this excellent book irresistible—and often surprising."
Insightful, elegantly written biography of the beloved author of the Pippi Longstocking tales, a complex woman of parts. Read full book review >
BIG DEAL by Kevin Winkler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"Thorough research combines with deep affection and admiration to create a clear analysis and tribute."
A former professional dancer and New York Public Library archivist and curator enlists the services of both experiences to describe and analyze the career of Bob Fosse (1927-1987), the legendary dancer, choreographer, and director. Read full book review >
A LAB OF ONE'S OWN by Patricia Fara
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"A densely written, well-documented history of the British experience that will resonate with American women as well."
A scholarly study of the role of suffragists in the years leading up to World War I, of women scientists during the war, and of the kind of discrimination they still face today. Read full book review >
12 ROUNDS IN LO'S GYM by Todd D. Snyder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"An affecting testimonial to the power of action and of storytelling—to say nothing of a good right hook—to make real change."
Spirited memoir of life in a West Virginia backwater, where fight clubs keep youngsters from going off the rails. 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 >