Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER by Wayne Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"It is unimaginable that any life of Cooper will surpass this fascinating book."
The second volume of a majestic biography covers the 19th-century author's most productive decades. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects."
Summer of Sam? Fuggedaboudit. If you want to scare a New Yorker of a certain age, evoke the Mad Bomber, the subject of this taut true-crime whodunit. Read full book review >

LINCOLN'S LIEUTENANTS by Stephen W. Sears
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A staggering work of research by a masterly historian."
From "Old Fuss and Feathers" Winfield Scott to Ulysses S. Grant, the succession of Northern generals during the Civil War receives a thorough scouring in this massive, elegant study. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE by Caitlyn  Jenner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"Painting a life both shallow and deep, painstakingly choreographed and unscripted, Jenner's candid portrait of a self in the remaking is a marvel to behold."
A rugged tale of brute beauty and pyrrhic individualism. Read full book review >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A powerful argument for reducing inequality and revolutionizing how we use the Web for the benefit of the many rather than the few."
When American representative democracy collapses, blame it on Facebook. 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 >