Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

AFTER THE ECLIPSE by Sarah Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Despite some repetition, deft pacing and vivid portraits result in an absorbing mystery and a forthright memoir of abiding grief."
In an accomplished debut memoir, a daughter struggles to understand the life of her mother, who was murdered when the author was 12. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF PARIS by David Downie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A zesty, entertaining romp through the landscape of French food."
A Francophile takes a spirited jaunt through French history, focused on food. Read full book review >

GORILLA AND THE BIRD by Zack  McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"If the Joads were tanked up on Bud Light and Haldol and Steinbeck were under Hunter S. Thompson's influence, this might be the result—rueful, funny, and utterly authentic."
"I am a bipolar gorilla": a tale of madness, self-destruction, and the stalwart presence of a family that, while not exactly the Waltons, is always there. Read full book review >
LOVING LINDSEY by Linda Atwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A brutally honest, affecting memoir of family resilience."
In her debut memoir, former entrepreneur and catastrophic claims adjuster Atwell chronicles the challenges of helping an adult child with disabilities transition to independent living. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An engaging resurrection of a significant player in the world of cryptology."
The wife of the groundbreaking cryptanalyst William Friedman finally gets her due as equal partner in their pioneering codebreaking work over 30 years. Read full book review >

RIOT DAYS by Maria  Alyokhina
written and illustrated by Maria Alyokhina
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An inspirational memoir about youthful idealism and the power of popular culture to challenge the status quo."
The inside story of the Russian rock revolutionaries and the trial and prison ordeals that followed their arrest. Read full book review >
LOSING MY RELIGION by Eric  T. Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2017

"A candid and thoughtful reflection on faith, reason, and art."
A debut memoir explores a young man's upbringing in the Mormon Church and his flight from it. Read full book review >
HIS OTHER LIFE by Melanie McCabe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A compelling personal and literary detective story."
A writer and English and creative writing teacher plumbs her father's past for the story of his first wife and discovers the tragic muse for one of America's greatest playwrights. Read full book review >
TRACES OF VERMEER by Jane  Jelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Featuring wonderful illustrations, engaging prose, and a deep knowledge of the craft, this is a study in art history and methodology to delight an audience beyond just visual artists."
A painter of still life and landscape shares her theories and re-creations of Johannes Vermeer's artistic methods, primarily whether or not he used a camera obscura. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE by Sharon Harrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A warm, engaging read about the ways in which memory distorts our understanding of family."
Years after the death of her father, a woman explores her family's past in this memoir. Read full book review >
SAIGON CALLING by Marcelino Truong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"An excellent combination of personal insight and historical sweep."
The second volume of the author's critically acclaimed graphic memoir of the Vietnam War era. Read full book review >
GOING INTO TOWN by Roz Chast
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chast's voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city."
The highly regarded New Yorker cartoonist lets readers see the city she loves through her eyes. 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 >