Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

FURNISHING ETERNITY by David Giffels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A lifetime's worth of workbench philosophy in a heartfelt memoir about the connection between a father and son."
A middle-age man and his father bond over the building of the son's coffin. 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 >

A VILLAGE WITH MY NAME by Scott  Tong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A solid exploration of China past and present in which the author climbs 'a punishing mountain of history with [his] intergenerational team.'"
In his first book, Marketplace correspondent Tong offers a unique look into the lives of his Chinese relatives since the communist takeover in 1949. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An eloquent affirmation of the vast capacity of the human heart."
An Academy Award-winning filmmaker makes her literary debut with the stunning account of Gladys Kalibbala, who has devoted herself to rescuing lost children in Uganda. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An uneven treatment of an intriguing subject."
A dramatic story about an FBI investigation involving a notorious and brilliant scam artist. Read full book review >

TEARS OF SALT by Pietro Bartolo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Though the chronological hopscotch makes it more like a scrapbook collection of memories than a cohesive narrative, there is great hope and poignancy here."
On a remote island between Italy and Africa, a doctor does everything he can to deal with the health crises of refugees. 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 >
OPEN by Alaina O'Connell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 2017

"A well-crafted, multi-perspective view of the benefits of adoption."
A debut group memoir joins the voices of an adoptive mother, a birth mother, and the daughter they both love as they retell their experiences. Read full book review >
BUT MY BRAIN HAD OTHER IDEAS by Deb Brandon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"At turns harrowing and inspiring; also serves as a valuable piece of education on recovery from brain injury."
Brandon's debut memoir details her experiences with her "bloody brain," from stays in the intensive care unit to a turbulent life after surgery. Read full book review >
OUR GRAND FINALE by Laraine   Denny Burrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Relates a curious and complex life story but lacks the emotional depth to support the opening premise."
A debut memoir examines a web of family relationships and guilt over missed opportunities. Read full book review >
FRONDS AND ANEMONES by William Allan Plummer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"An informative guide to tending a garden and appreciating the natural world."
In this memoir and gardening manual, a lifelong naturalist shares his love and detailed knowledge of plants and animals. Read full book review >
EYEWITNESS: MY JOURNEY TO THE HAGUE by ISAK GAŠI
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Important, powerful; a cautionary tale about nationalism."
A chilling personal account of the atrocities committed by the Serbians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War as experienced by Gaši and told by debut author Koos. 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 >