Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THEFT BY FINDING by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man."
Raw glimpses of the humorist's personal life as he clambered from starving artist to household name. Read full book review >
MOST AMERICAN by Rilla Askew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An eloquently thoughtful memoir in essays."
A respected novelist muses on the tortured nature of her relationship to the state where she was born and raised. Read full book review >

UPSTREAM by Langdon Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Blurring boundaries and complicating the oversimplified, Cook provides a moving, artfully layered story of strength and vulnerability, offering glimpses of hope for growing humility and reverence and for shifting human-nature relationships."
A tale of a species on life support and the ramifications for people, nature, and place. Read full book review >
GOING DEEP by Lawrence Goldstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-crafted combination of technology history, tortuous military politics, and the biography of a shamefully neglected American inventor."
A history of the attack submarine and its inventor, who "would never know that he had helped create one of the defining killing machines of two world wars." Read full book review >
THE LOYAL SON by Daniel Mark Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A perceptive, gritty portrayal of the frenzy of war and a father and son caught at its tumultuous center."
A gripping history of a family torn apart by political upheaval. Read full book review >

THE TRIAL OF ADOLF HITLER by David King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A meticulously researched, deeply instructive work with great relevance for our current era of right-wing resurgence."
A highly detailed study of Hitler's failed putsch of Nov. 8, 1923, in Munich and the trial that "catapulted this relatively minor local leader onto the national stage." Read full book review >
THE BRIGHT HOUR by Nina  Riggs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A luminous, heartbreaking symphony of wit, wisdom, pain, parenting, and perseverance against insurmountable odds."
A loving mother of two meditates on the nature of life and death. Read full book review >
NOT SO GOOD A GAY MAN by Frank M. Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Fascinating reading, especially for fans of 20th-century science fiction."
A science-fiction novelist and late-blooming gay activist remembers his long and colorful life. Read full book review >
THE DREAM COLONY by Walter  Hopps
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Sharply drawn sketches and illuminating anecdotes make this book a treat for art lovers."
Intimate memories from an acclaimed curator and museum director. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A compelling narrative enlivened as much by the author's encounters on the road as by his skillful unfolding of scientific knowledge.
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Climate scientist Goodrich chronicles his cycling journey across the United States. Read full book review >
THE REVOLUTION OF ROBERT KENNEDY by John R.  Bohrer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A poignant sketch of a lost champion of social justice from an age when it could still be said that 'politics is still the greatest and most honorable adventure.'"
Freelance reporter and TV news producer Bohrer debuts with an inquiry into the transformation of Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) from hard-nosed political operative to inspirational presidential candidate. Read full book review >
BLACK DETROIT by Herb Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An inspiring, illuminating book that will interest students of urban history and the black experience."
The history of the many contributions of African-American Detroit to the larger American project. 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 >