Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

RED FAMINE by Anne Applebaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An authoritative history of national strife from a highly knowledgeable guide."
A new history of Stalin's oppressive regime, which led to the death by starvation of nearly 4 million Ukrainians between 1931 and 1934. Read full book review >
IT'S ALL RELATIVE by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book."
The bestselling immersion journalist embarks on a world-spanning journey of family and genealogy. Read full book review >

LIONESS by Francine Klagsbrun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Terrific new bio of a one of a kind."
The steely Yiddishe bubba (1898-1978) and last of the larger-than-life founders in Israel's creation earns an evenhanded new biography. Read full book review >
OPTIMAL DISTANCE, A DIVIDED LIFE, PART TWO by Joan Carol Lieberman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A memorable, rewarding family saga of familial love, and unbridled determination."
Lieberman's (Optimal Distance: A Divided Life, Part One, 2016) autobiography continues with this second installment, which resumes her story just after her schizophrenic mother's passing. Read full book review >
JAMES WRIGHT by Jonathan  Blunk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A much-needed, engaging, and discerning biography that should help Wright find a new generation of readers."
An authorized biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet. Read full book review >

CIRCADIAN by Chelsey  Clammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An affecting memoir emerges from a dozen circuitous, digressive essays."
Unconventional essays offer intimate glimpses into a writer's heart and mind. Read full book review >
THE WINE LOVER'S DAUGHTER by Anne Fadiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Reading this daughter's graceful, often melodious billet-doux to her father is not unlike imbibing several equally felicitous glasses of wine, their salutary effects leaving one pleasantly sated."
Fadiman (At Large and at Small: Confessions of a Literary Hedonist, 2008, etc.) decants a harmonious blend of biography, wine lore, and memoir in this account of a literary daughter's relationship with her celebrated literary father. Read full book review >
BECOMING MYSELF by Irvin D. Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Fans of this eloquent and introspective author will welcome this innermost chronicle of his history, passions, and the keys to unlocking a fruitful life."
A distinguished psychotherapist reflects on his life and fulfilling career. Read full book review >
THE BURNING TIME by Virginia Rounding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An intriguing, astute look at this volatile period, though the author includes too many victim biographies, occasionally slowing the pace."
Rounding (Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina, 2012, etc.) explores the depth of the differences and the dangers of life under Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Mary. 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 >
THEY TAUGHT ME TO THINK by Michelle Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"An account of the American dream gone wrong that alternates wildly between the troubling and the uplifting."
An immigrant struggles with health and employment issues before finding hope in her faith. Read full book review >
BE BRAVE by Florrie Munat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A beautiful, richly panoramic book that should reassure caregivers and delight memoir readers."
A widow details her husband's final years—when he was in a nursing home—but also presents a sweeping view of their four decades together. 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 >