Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

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 >
THE PREP DIARIES by Evan J. Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2017

"Readers curious about how HIV prevention drugs can influence a sexual revolution should find lots of vivid details in this ambitious and honest story."
A young gay man shares his anxieties and epiphanies about safe sex in this memoir. Read full book review >

HAIL TO THE CHIN by Bruce Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A breezy read through a breezy life.
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The anecdotal sequel to the cult actor's bestselling memoir. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE A GENIUS by Nate  Dern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"In his first book, Dern shoots for the easy laughs, some of which he hits; however, he falls short of creating the lasting ones.
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A collection of stories, essays, and sketches from the senior writer of Funny or Die. Read full book review >
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY by Suzy  Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A mostly illuminating literary debut that shows how Americans' ignorance about the world has made turmoil and terrorism possible.
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A journalist questions the notion of American exceptionalism. Read full book review >

LIGHTS ON, RATS OUT by Cree LeFavour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A searingly eloquent and intelligent memoir.
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A noted cookbook writer tells the story of her young-adulthood battles with mental illness and self-harming behaviors. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The book is well-written, but the sexual escapades and personality disorders of the principals take so much space that it degenerates into a gossipy tell-all.
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Guardian dance critic Mackrell (Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, 2014, etc.) connects the lives of three unique 20th-century women. Read full book review >
MOZART by John Suchet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Rich with wit and warmth, this compact biography is thoroughly enchanting.
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An ideal introduction to understanding the famous composer. Read full book review >
MOMMY, WHY DO YOU HAVE TWO BIRTHDAYS? by T.E. Corner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2017

"An inspiring, if overly cheerful, memoir."
A husband recounts his wife's struggle with—and triumph over—cancer. Read full book review >
ARE YOU ANYBODY? by Jeffrey Tambor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Sure, parts of the book are schmaltzy, but that doesn't make the author's advice, or his story, any less compelling."
Debut memoir from the acclaimed screen and stage actor. Read full book review >
WARRIOR BRAVE PROTECTOR by Kim Mills H.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2016

"An absorbing and frank book that chronicles the author's triumph over health and personal crises."
A debut memoir details the struggles of a wife with ulcerative colitis and infertility. Read full book review >
A GREAT HONOR by Alan S. Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2016

"An enjoyable book from start to finish, filled with historical events and personal reflections."
A debut memoir examines a life in motion: planes, trains, and automobiles. 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 >