Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Johnson engagingly captures the lives, struggles, and triumphs of five men whose greatness transcended American sports."
How five black men helped to transform UCLA, college and professional sports, and American life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Minutaglio and Davis are superb storytellers, and throughout the narrative, they nimbly move between their two converging subjects. Their account is expertly detailed and blessedly fat-free."
A riveting international chase between a tenacious but paranoid cat and a wily but delusional mouse. Read full book review >

A WILDER TIME by William E.  Glassley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A superb tool for a better understanding of the natural world and why real science matters."
A veteran geologist recounts time spent studying Greenland's remarkable landscape during a series of six expeditions. Read full book review >
ONE GOAL by Amy Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An edifying and adrenaline-charged tale of how immigrant soccer players were able to translate 'tight-knit family and community connection to success on the field.'"
United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Read full book review >
TIME PIECES by John Banville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Told in a conversational style both luscious and luxuriant, this is exquisite work by a master craftsman."
The celebrated author turns inward with this enchanting memoir about his beloved hometown. Read full book review >

PAUL by N.T. Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A very human Paul, brought to life by an experienced teacher and pastor—an excellent introduction for general readers."
Wright (New Testament and Early Christianity/University of St. Andrews; The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion, 2016, etc.) draws from a lifetime of study on the figure of Paul to construct this useful biography of the early Christian missionary. Read full book review >
RENOIR'S DANCER by Catherine Hewitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A well-researched tribute to and resurrection of a master of fin de siècle art."
Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) may not be a name most people mention when they discuss great artists. This biography should change that. Read full book review >
THE EARTH GAZERS by Christopher Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Despite covering familiar ground, Potter delivers an enthralling account of the golden age of manned space travel that emphasizes the transcendent experiences of everyone involved, and he makes a convincing case that America lost something vital when it ended."
A history of the space program told through the lens of the handful of astronauts who have seen the Earth from space. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An insightful, highly significant account that makes no predictions but lays out the critical environmental problems already upon us."
A dual biography of two significant figures who "had little regard" for each other's work but "were largely responsible for the creation of the basic intellectual blueprints that institutions around the world use today for understanding our environmental dilemmas." Read full book review >
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER by Francisco Cantú
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy."
A Mexican-American student of international relations becomes a United States Border Patrol agent to learn what he can't in the classroom. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Not merely a book about Guyana, but an impressively rendered story about imperialism in general and cultural imperialism in particular."
An illumination of the interplay of art, culture, politics, race, and history in Guyana, a Caribbean country mostly ignored by the rest of the world but which serves here as a fascinating microcosm for the power of art to inspire change. Read full book review >
THE NEW NEGRO by Jeffrey C.  Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A sweeping biography that gets deep into not just the man, but the movements he supported, resisted, and inspired."
A magisterial biography of the 20th-century philosopher, curator, and prime mover of the Harlem Renaissance. 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 >