Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO by Amy Schumer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A hilarious and effective memoir from a woman with zero inhibitions."
The provocative comedian takes to the pen in this unabashed memoir. Read full book review >
THE FEUD by Alex Beam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A well-researched account of a literary dust-up marred by superficial writing."
A former Moscow correspondent chronicles one of the most famous literary spats of the 20th century. Read full book review >

TESTIMONY by Robbie Robertson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Essential for any devotee of the Band, Dylan, or rock music in the last half of the 20th century."
Nothing forges the bonds of brotherhood like life in a band, especially when it's the Band. Read full book review >
BECOMING UNBECOMING by Una
Kirkus Star
by Una, illustrated by Una
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A powerfully disturbing graphic narrative from an author with a lot to say and plenty of creative chops to say it provocatively."
A graphic manifesto for female empowerment and a punch to the gut of predatory males. Read full book review >
MY OWN WORDS by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Only the most dedicated Ginsburg fans, and there are many, will devour everything here, but most readers will find items of interest from this icon of women's rights."
From the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court, a collection of writings ranging from the slight to the serious. Read full book review >

Army Wife by Vicki Cody
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An Army wife's absorbing testament to the power of family and faith to weather difficult times."
A soldier's spouse reflects on marriage, sacrifice, and patriotic service. Read full book review >
Inspired by Paris by Jordan Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 2016

"A manual that's as balanced as the lifestyle it proposes."
Phillips (Sustainable Luxe, 2013, etc.) offers a guide to France with heavy doses of history, fashion, food, and popular culture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A sensible and optimistic consideration of the globe's prospects for success."
A man reflects on his life and draws on his eclectic experiences to discuss the world's future. Read full book review >
A RADICAL FAITH by Eileen Markey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Rich details and solid storytelling convey one nun's story of her dedication to God and her fellow humans."
The biography of a Catholic nun who was murdered while trying to help those in need. Read full book review >
SEEING AS YOUR SHOES ARE SOON TO BE ON FIRE by Liza Monroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An uneven collection in which the author shows that it's time to move on from mom."
A mother's monitoring becomes helpful but overwhelming as the author travels a rockier road than most toward domestic bliss. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Heavy-handed enough at times to make readers wish someone out there might step up to Buchanan's defense; nonetheless, Strauss makes a firm argument for the essential doofusness of the 15th president."
An oddly entertaining study of "the first plodding-to-the-top president," a man mercifully forgotten by history. Read full book review >
SUCH A LOVELY LITTLE WAR by Marcelino Truong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A first-rate work of graphic memoir dealing with a pivotal period in modern American history."
The early years of the Vietnam War through the eyes of a child, as rendered by the graphic artist he became. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >