Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE THREE ESCAPES OF HANNAH ARENDT by Ken Krimstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A compelling performance with great pacing that makes abstruse political theory both intelligible and memorable."
The astounding life of a 20th-century original as told by a skillful cartoonist frolicking in long form. Read full book review >
HIKING WITH NIETZSCHE by John Kaag
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A meditative work full of self-understanding that will resonate with anyone who has ever been drawn toward the void."
A philosopher's journey into the life, writings, and mountains of Nietzsche—and ultimately into himself. Read full book review >

HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE by Sy Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"The National Geographic channel meets memoir in this brief, compelling examination of what animals can teach us about ourselves."
With plenty of heart, acclaimed naturalist Montgomery (The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, 2015, etc.) makes the convincing case that all animals—great and small—can teach us compassion. Read full book review >
ANOTHER LIFE by Theodor Kallifatides
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A fascinating look into a prolific author's mind, especially welcome since there have not been enough English translations of his books."
A memoir caught in the throes of linguistic biculturalism. Read full book review >
THE ORDER OF THE DAY by Éric Vuillard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"In this meticulously detailed and evocative book, history comes alive, and it isn't pretty."
A meditation on Austria's capitulation to the Nazis. The book won the 2017 Prix Goncourt. Read full book review >

RAP DAD by Juan Vidal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A complex take on the often simplified topic of contemporary manhood, with relevance to current cultural controversies regarding immigration and identity."
A meditative memoir by a first-generation Colombian-American who forged personal identity through music, faith, and fatherhood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Suffice it to say, more than 50 years on, explorations of the truths and fictions of Camelot continue to mesmerize."
A story of sisterhood that reveals how all the fortune and fame in the world can't assuage sibling rivalry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A quick, readable, and often moving book—and a welcome contrast to the current dismal state of the White House."
A collection of inside stories from Barack Obama's White House. Read full book review >
MONEY ROCK by Pam Kelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A fascinating and hard-hitting story about drugs, crime, faith, and retribution."
The journalistic ordeal of a reformed felon and the legacy of the South. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A careful account of a man who excited attention and controversy in his day but then fell into the shadows. Fried does well to restore him to history."
A welcome biography of a Founding Father who, for many reasons, has been eclipsed by other figures of the Revolution. Read full book review >
MUSSOLINI AND HITLER by Christian Goeschel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A necessary book for those who study dictators."
Goeschel (Modern European History/Univ. of Manchester; Suicide in Nazi Germany, 2009) examines the strained relationship—never a true friendship—between the two dictators. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"While the FBI investigation continues to play itself out in court, Sokolove's welcome context could well influence the court of public opinion."
Though focusing on one disgraced coach and his former program, this exposé shows just how wide and deep is the corruption corroding men's college basketball. 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 >