Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

EVOLUTION OF DESIRE by Cynthia L. Haven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"A penetrating account of an important thinker—and as agile, profound, and affecting as its subject."
A biography provides a portrait of French theorist René Girard. Read full book review >
THORNS OF CHESTER STREET by Shawn Alex Nemeth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2017

"An affecting tale of triumph over brutal debasement."
A debut memoir chronicles a man's struggle with his sexual identity and the ghastly abuse he suffered as a child. Read full book review >

RIDING THIS ELECTRON HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE by Tom  Zidik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2017

"An enjoyable self-portrait, but one that misses an opportunity to paint a fuller picture."
A memoir of one baby boomer's life in Pennsylvania. Read full book review >
BALLET FOR LIFE by Finis Jhung
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2018

"Browsable inspiration for dancers of any age or physical ability."
Ballet master Jhung (The Finis Jhung Ballet Technique, 2014) leaps into the spotlight with a memoir about his life and enduring career. Read full book review >
REDLINED by Linda Gartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A rich remembrance of a captivating, transformative era in American history."
A stunning debut memoir that documents the societal and racial changes of the mid-20th century, told from the perspective of a Chicago family caught in the middle of them. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A potent and compassionate, if meandering, chronicle of a family in crisis."
A tragic suicide cripples a close-knit family in this memoir. Read full book review >
THE BOSS NOVA ODYSSEY by Michael  Graham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2017

"A meandering account that delivers some worthy business tips and entertaining anecdotes."
A debut memoir recounts running a restaurant in Brazil. Read full book review >
RUDY’S RULES FOR TRAVEL by Mary K. Jensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A book that will make readers want to pack their bags and catch the first flight to somewhere far away."
A set of rules for life, by way of a delightful travel narrative. Read full book review >
BELLA FIGURA by Kamin Mohammadi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A charming, delightful memoir of self-transformation."
An Iranian-born British journalist goes to Italy on an extended work sabbatical and unexpectedly finds the fulfillment that had been absent from her life. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A BAR BRAT by Judith A.  Boggess
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2017

"Vivid recollections from a difficult childhood."
A debut memoir, told from a child's perspective, that focuses on life at a small-town bar. Read full book review >
RIKO by Denise B. Dailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"A skillfully written, well-researched account of two difficult, mesmerizing characters."
This biography tells the story of Czech artist Jan Emmerich ("Riko") Mikeska and his wife, Greta Schmied. Read full book review >
APOCALYPSE CHILD by Flor Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"An impressive religious memoir—candid and inspiring without being sensationalistic or self-pitying."
A debut book focuses on a young girl growing up in the infamous Children of God cult and the bizarre locales that she was raised in. 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 >