Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Entertaining if sometimes mean-spirited and full of valuable lessons in how—and sometimes how not—to run a magazine."
Princess Diana, Donald Trump, Nancy Reagan, and other newsy icons come in for critical assessment by a sharp-tongued London transplant who remade two leading magazines. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Capably written and argued, though only the future will tell whether the elegy for the Republican establishment is premature."
A thoughtful political biography of two dynasts of a now-receding generation of politicians. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A messy, self-serving rationalization of one of the biggest debacles in recent American political history."
The inside story of the 2016 presidential campaign, told by a once-powerful political operative pushed to the fringes of her own party. Read full book review >
COLLUSION by Luke Harding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 2017

"Collusion? The Trump administration, by Harding's account, is soaking in it. Stay tuned."
Guardian foreign correspondent Harding (The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, 2014, etc.) offers a sneak peek at details of the "Steele dossier" that have yet to unfold—and the evidence is damning indeed. Read full book review >
JEWELS THAT SPEAK by Lynn Burlingham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An engaging read and an enticing peek into the secret lives of two celebrated families."
A fascinating, if sometimes scattershot, memoir detailing the author's life in a dysfunctional family. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Dictators have never looked so educated."
A singular look at how dictators have gained control through literature. 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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Quick, fun, easy reading for devotees of high fashion and mystery fans, complete with wrong turns and false friends."
The tale of "one of the most captivating and enduring pieces of jewelry," which would "crawl into the world of collectors and jewelers to enchant and confound them" for more than eight decades. Read full book review >
BREAKING WHITE SUPREMACY by Gary Dorrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A richly detailed book of much scholarly interest to students and practitioners of church-based social activism."
Intellectual history of Martin Luther King Jr.'s forebears in the tradition of social gospel and how he extended their work into the political sphere. Read full book review >
NEVER REMEMBER by Masha Gessen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago."
A charged indictment of Soviet terror and historical amnesia alike. Read full book review >
RENAISSANCE WOMAN by Ramie Targoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Targoff captures the Renaissance's 'simultaneous magic and strangeness' in a single woman."
"The Renaissance comes to life anew" in this insightful biography of a remarkable Italian woman. Read full book review >
THE POWER OF RARE by Victoria Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An incredibly inspiring and enterprising story of a mother's tireless endeavor to cure the ailment plaguing her daughter and others across the globe."
A cosmetic company mogul, philanthropist, and recent inductee into the National Women's Hall of Fame recounts how a rare disease and the fight for a cure galvanized her family. 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 >