Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

AMERICAN ENGLISH, ITALIAN CHOCOLATE by Rick  Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Easiest to digest in snack-size portions."
Memories of a Michigan upbringing proceed to anecdotes on retirement in Italy, as a writing professor writes what pleases him, which is often about what doesn't. Read full book review >
TO THE NEW OWNERS by Madeleine Blais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"If not quite as funny as billed, there remains much gentle humor and a certain elegiac sweetness that more than compensates—that, and a touching coda."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author gives a familial face to the mystique of Martha's Vineyard in this unfailingly charming reminiscence of summers spent on the island. Read full book review >

THE CURRENCY OF LOVE by Jill  Dodd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A breezy, impressively detailed glimpse into a beautiful young woman's self-discovery via the world of international fashion."
A successful clothing designer reflects on her damaged upbringing and early years as a Paris-based fashion model. Read full book review >
MORNINGSTAR by Ann Hood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A charming but hardly surprising homage to the power of books."
A novelist chronicles her life through the books that shaped her. Read full book review >
APPRENTICED TO VENUS by Tristine  Rainer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Feminists and fans of Nin's work will enjoy this unique insider's portrait of a complex, pivotal figure in women's liberation."
Getting to know lust, love, and Anaïs Nin (1903-1977). Read full book review >

ARBITRARY STUPID GOAL by Tamara Shopsin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"A warm evocation of a quirky life and exuberant times."
Candid recollections of growing up in Greenwich Village in the 1980s. Read full book review >
GENE SMITH'S SINK by Sam  Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An obsessive reporter tracks an obsessive artist in a book for die-hard Smith fans."
In a wildly digressive, unconventional biography, documentarian Stephenson (The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965, 2009, etc.) reports on 20 years researching the life of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978). Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM RIGA by Sibilla Hershey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2017

"A gripping—if sometimes unpolished—recollection of war and recovery."
A memoir recounts a woman's search for happiness after a childhood terrorized by war. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"A fond but cleareyed look at a steady leader and the African nation on his shoulders."
A debut political biography examines Zambia's current head of state. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2013

"An impressive memoir with something for everyone: history and government, love and marriage, life and death."
A debut book provides an insider's account of the Secret Service with the bonus of a spouse's perspective. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2017

"An uneven account of a marketer's spectacular odyssey."
It's "two steps forward, one step back, then two steps forward again, hopefully" for the author in this candid debut memoir of his journey from criminal to millionaire. Read full book review >
SO HAPPINESS TO MEET YOU by Karin Esterhammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A brisk chronicle of a family's (mis)adventures in Vietnam."
A lighthearted memoir of new friends, delicious food, and culture shock. 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 >