Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THIS BLESSED EARTH by Ted Genoways
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Genoways memorably captures the difficult lives nonindustrial farmers lead in order to feed the world."
Journalist Genoways (The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, 2014, etc.) returns to further study farming in America. Read full book review >
LITTLE SOLDIERS by Lenora  Chu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An informative, personal view of the Chinese and their educational system that will have many American readers cringing at the techniques used by the Chinese to create perfect students."
A comparison of American and Chinese education systems based on the author's observations of her young son. Read full book review >

LANDSLIDE by Minna Zallman Proctor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Affecting stories told effectively, with all the complications involved in searching for truth."
Stories matter, memory is tricky, the past permeates us: these and other insights appear continually in a collection of interwoven personal essays. Read full book review >
ALONE by Michael Korda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An excellent revisitation of a critically important set of battles that, once a byword for courage, have faded in memory."
A swiftly paced, illuminating account of events at the opening of World War II in Europe, recounting "a military defeat with a happy ending." Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SEPARATION by Tova Mirvis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A thoughtful, courageous memoir of family, religion, and self-discovery."
A novelist's account of how she broke away from Orthodox Judaism to make a new life in the secular world. Read full book review >

GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI by Richard Lloyd Parry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A sobering and compelling narrative of calamity."
Pensive travels in the wake of one of the world's most devastating recent disasters, the Tohoku earthquake of 2011. Read full book review >
MAN OF THE HOUR by Jennet Conant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Conant deserves a place among the traditional 'wise men' (Acheson, Harriman et al.), an elite group of white, male, East Coast advisers, all pragmatic, realistic, and nonideological, who guided presidential policy from World War II through the end of the Cold War. This book gives him that place."
A biography of a "chemist, statesman, educator, and critic…[who] had within his grasp all the elements to help forge the new atomic age." Read full book review >
IN THE PROVINCE OF THE GODS  by Kenny Fries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This slim, readable memoir, while occasionally overly inward-facing, answers that question as one project morphs into another."
The memoir of a writer who traveled to Japan and found a new perspective on himself. Read full book review >
SIGNIFICANT ZERO by Walt Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An entertaining and provocative look inside big-time video game development."
Looking back on the decade he spent helping to create some of the most memorable titles in video gaming history, Williams comes clean on scripted violence, workplace politics, situational morality, and the deleterious effects of little sleep and a junk-food diet. Read full book review >
INSIDE STUDIO 54 by Mark  Fleischman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This unfettered tell-all will prove nostalgic for those who manage to remember being there and engrossing for readers wishing they were."
How drugs, sex, and celebrity shenanigans made 254 West 54th St. infamous on the 1980s Manhattan nightclub circuit. Read full book review >
THE KARDASHIANS by Jerry Oppenheimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A fluffy diversion for celebrity-obsessed readers."
A tale of Kardashian Inc. Read full book review >
A FORCE SO SWIFT by Kevin Peraino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Provides useful context for the troubled, tangled history of U.S. dealings with China, a timely topic."
A study of the Communist victory in China in 1949 and the American role in the events leading to that triumph. 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 >