Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

A HIGHER LOYALTY by James Comey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A modest, soft-spoken book that is sure to enrage its chief subject."
Former FBI director Comey, much in the news, reviews his career and speaks his mind about his dismissal. Read full book review >
THE LONG PASSAGES by Paul Winder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Full of remarkable observations that get short shrift."
A former farm boy, sailor, teacher, and student counselor reflects on a satisfyingly textured life in this charming if digressive memoir by Winder (A Son is Given: A Mother's Testament, 2016). Read full book review >

DESTROYING THEIR GOD by Wallace  Jeffs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2018

"A remarkable but sometimes-tedious account of the human mind's susceptibility to wholesale manipulation."
Jeffs recounts his fight to extricate himself—and his children—from a dangerous religious cult. 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 >
THE N EFFECT by William Richard  Naugle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A thoughtful account of the advantages and disadvantages of imitating one's idols."
A businessman reflects on the impact that his entrepreneurial grandfather had on his life. Read full book review >

UNUSUAL ESSAYS OF AN UNKNOWN SRI VAISHNAVA by M.K. Sudarshan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"A sometimes-dense but often enlightening dive into Sri Vaishnavism."
A book of personal essays on subjects related to a particular Hindu sect. Read full book review >
CALLED TO ALL by Billy  Bray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A dramatic biography, hampered by some shopworn conclusions."
A memoir recounts one man's spiritual journey to India and synopsizes the religious lessons he learned. Read full book review >
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS by Mario  Di Giovanni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2017

"A thorough, though not untroubled, understanding of Columbus' adventures."
Di Giovanni (Flat and Corrugated Diaphragm Design Handbook, 1982) presents an extensive history of Christopher Columbus and his travels. Read full book review >
UNDER THE BIRCH TREE by Nancy  Chadwick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A remembrance with lively individual scenes that fail to merge into a cohesive whole."
A debut memoir about a woman's three-decade search for connection and self-assurance. Read full book review >
TASTING THE PAST by Kevin Begos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"The narrative occasionally drags, but this multidisciplinary master class in the history, science, religion, and literature of wines is as luscious as a full-bodied pinot noir."
You don't need to be an oenophile to enjoy this flavorful adventure about one wine nerd's search for the perfect grape. Read full book review >
DON'T YOU EVER by Mary Carter Bishop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"A precise and honest depiction of a family wound that has still not entirely healed."
In her early 30s, journalist Bishop accidentally discovered she had a half brother she had never known about, so she tracked him down to the barbershop where he worked in a small town in Virginia. Read full book review >
FLASH by Christopher Bonanos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"In this deeply researched (though lightly worn) and compelling portrait, Bonanos captures all sides of an artist in spite of himself."
A fine-grained close-up of the lensman who lit up New York City, both low-life and high-. 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 >