Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

OFF THE CHARTS by Ann Hulbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2018

"A persuasive argument for nurturing 'childhood normalcy' even for the stunningly gifted and talented."
A journalist vividly portrays the positive and negative impacts of being a child prodigy. Read full book review >
THE EPIC CITY by Kushanava Choudhury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A candid and often moving history of a city's dramatic past and roiling present."
The son of immigrant parents creates a vivid, affectionate, and gritty portrait of a complex city. Read full book review >

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Max Boot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Controversial in some of its conclusions, perhaps, as Lansdale's arguments were in their day, and essential reading for students of military policy and the Vietnam conflict."
A probing, timely study of wrong turns in the American conduct of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
THE LAST LONDON by Iain  Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"This is no ordinary memoir, but we wouldn't expect such from one of England's most inventive psychogeographic writers. Patience will reward each reader in his or her own way."
An unconventional, atmospheric exploration of London from one its most unique chroniclers. Read full book review >
NO WAY BUT THIS by Jeff Sparrow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A lucid, thought-provoking tribute to Robeson by an author determined to stand where Robeson stood and imagine what he thought."
An Australian journalist and author walks in the footsteps of Paul Robeson (1898-1976), the gifted, celebrated, and controversial athlete, singer, actor, and social activist. Read full book review >

TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Moving and deeply personal, Corrigan's portraits of love and loss urge readers to speak more carefully and hold on tighter to the people they love."
Ruminations about the power of 12 of life's essential phrases and the difficulty in learning to say them out loud. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Minutaglio and Davis are superb storytellers, and throughout the narrative, they nimbly move between their two converging subjects. Their account is expertly detailed and blessedly fat-free."
A riveting international chase between a tenacious but paranoid cat and a wily but delusional mouse. Read full book review >
ACHTUNG BABY by Sara  Zaske
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An entertaining, informative, and enlightening narrative on the German methods of parenting that will have many in the U.S. reconsidering how they're raising their children."
How an American woman altered her parenting methods to mimic her new German neighbors. Read full book review >
JEFFERSON'S DAUGHTERS by Catherine  Kerrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An insightful contribution to women's history."
The circumscribed paths of women's lives emerge from a deeply researched history. Read full book review >
HIMALAYA BOUND by Michael Benanav
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An involving, often touching story of an admirable people as well as a cautionary tale about the effects of rapid change and counterproductive conservation efforts on traditional societies."
A photojournalist and wilderness guide explores tensions between the conservation impulse and the lives of imperiled nomadic herders in this sympathetic but balanced account of their arduous days on the trail. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A gripping account of a fatal tragedy and the impressive and deeply emotional human response that ensued."
On Feb. 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle went silent upon re-entry. Here are the principal details about the accident, the recovery of the wreckage and human remains, the reassembly, the discovery of the cause, and the consequences for the shuttle program. Read full book review >
THE LONG HANGOVER by Shaun  Walker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Essential reading for Russia watchers."
A British journalist offers a searching account of contemporary Russia, a nation bent on recapturing a more glorious past. 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 >