Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

Kirkus Star
by Una, illustrated by Una
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 >
TESTIMONY by Robbie Robertson
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 >

SUCH A LOVELY LITTLE WAR by Marcelino Truong
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 >
KENNETH CLARK by James Stourton
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A sparkling, thoroughly entertaining portrait of a brilliant popularizer who brought art to the masses."
The man who wanted to civilize us all. Read full book review >
SPACEMAN by Mike Massimino
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition."
A seasoned astronaut charts the trajectory of his love affair with space and astronomy. Read full book review >

BLACK ELK by Joe Jackson
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Of much literary and historical merit and a fine addition to the shelves of anyone interested in this part of America's unhappy past."
Stirring, wide-ranging biography of the Sioux elder whose testimonials underlay "one of the twentieth century's most important documents on Native American culture." Read full book review >
LIFE BREAKS IN by Mary Cappello
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An illuminating celebration of enveloping moments of being."
The author aims "not to chase mood, track it, or pin it down" but rather to "listen for it." Read full book review >
NOBODY'S SON by Mark Slouka
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A moving and intense memoir from a gifted author."
A distinguished novelist and short story writer's memoir about uncovering a painful family past he had "hidden…in fiction, story after story, book after book." Read full book review >
IN WARTIME by Tim Judah
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enlightening, timely study of a misunderstood region of the world."
Making sense of the murderous muddle in Ukraine through touching personal stories and a historical reality check. Read full book review >
Walking the Llano by Shelley Armitage
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"Both an intensely lyrical and intimate scrapbook of familial history and a uniquely sublime travelogue of the American Southwestern landscape."
A debut memoir delivers a meditation on a writer's Texas Panhandle homeland. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era."
A provocative, multifaceted portrait of essential rap pioneers who ushered the hip-hop music scene to greatness. Read full book review >
TURNER by Franny Moyle
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Moyle writes that young Turner was 'an instinctive and tireless networker, massively self-motivated, undeterrable in his determination.' This excellent biography shows the benefits, and the pitfalls, of such single-minded obsession."
He was the finest landscape painter of his time, and he knew it. This new biography explains why. 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 >