Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS by Kristen Radtke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Powerfully illustrated and incisively written—a subtle dazzler of a debut."
Insights and images combine in a meditation on loss, grief, and the illusions of permanence. Read full book review >
MANDERLEY FOREVER by Tatiana de Rosnay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An average biography. Jane Dunn's Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters (2014) takes a more capacious and satisfying look at the life."
A familiar portrait of the prolific British writer. Read full book review >

MONEY, MURDER, AND DOMINICK DUNNE by Robert Hofler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A spirited biography of a complicated, combative, self-aggrandizing, and tormented man."
The gossip-filled, star-studded life of a writer who thrived on scandal. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WORLD STOPPED TO LISTEN by Stuart Isacoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A moving if uneven biography of a man whose career was marked by moving and uneven performances."
He was the talk of the classical music world, as idolized as any pop star, and an unwitting player in the geopolitical struggle between the two superpowers of the 20th century. Read full book review >
THE PHENOMENON by Rick Ankiel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A solid sports memoir that explores more than just sports."
A former Major League Baseball player offers an affecting account of his unique professional career and dramatic personal life. Read full book review >

ORGAN GRINDER by Alan Fishbone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A slim book that will resonate with the reader's inner biker/philosopher."
A book-length essay connecting the profane and the profound, as a biker with a master's degree in classics (and a translator of ancient Greek and Latin) contemplates a life not always well spent. Read full book review >
INFINITE TUESDAY by Michael Nesmith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A book—and a life—unlike any other in rock."
This selectively revealing, insightful memoir casts the cerebral Monkee as a spiritual seeker and self-deprecating visionary. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE LABEL by Maureen Chiquet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An inspirational but disjointed autobiography best suited for neophyte designers, budding fashionistas, and Chanel devotees."
A conversational memoir charting the rise of the former global CEO of Chanel. Read full book review >
MY ADVENTURES WITH GOD by Stephen Tobolowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An uneven Hollywood memoir with a bit of divinity thrown in."
A tale of two Tobolowskys, divided by a positive midlife crisis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Newlyweds and couples looking to jump-start a foundering relationship will find Piazza's analysis of marriage useful, amusing, and engaging."
How women from different cultures handle the complexities of marriage. Read full book review >
MIRROR TOUCH by Joel Salinas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A rich, fascinating portrait of extraordinary sensory awareness."
A Boston neurologist reflects on his remarkable ability to experience the same physical sensations as those found in his patients. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A fascinating account of counterintelligence in the pre-cyber era and a reminder of how an astute interviewer can be an invaluable asset to law enforcement."
Firsthand account of Cold War espionage from the FBI agent who uncovered it. 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 >