Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

REDLINED by Linda Gartz
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 >
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 >

RIKO by Denise B. Dailey
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 >
THE BLACK PRINCE by Michael Jones
Released: May 1, 2018

"A strong biography of a man who has inspired great love across the ages—a must for shelves and collections devoted to medieval times."
Jones (Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England, 2015, etc.) brings the Middle Ages—and one of England's greatest knights—to life. Read full book review >
THE PERFECTIONISTS by Simon Winchester
Released: May 8, 2018

"Less a work of scholarship than an enthusiastic popular-science tour of technological marvels, and readers will love the ride."
An ingenious argument that the dazzling advances that produced the scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, and the revolutions that followed owe their success to a single engineering element: precision. Read full book review >

Released: May 22, 2018

"A palpable, engrossing portrait of three extraordinary women and their tempestuous, fragile world."
A captivating triple biography reveals the women who inspired Marcel Proust's Duchesse de Guermantes. Read full book review >
CALYPSO by David Sedaris
Released: May 29, 2018

"Sedaris at his darkest—and his best."
In which the veteran humorist enters middle age with fine snark but some trepidation as well. Read full book review >
MAN OF THE WORLD by Graham  Hughes
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"A riveting journey recounted by an irrepressible, highly likable narrator."
A witty, resilient Liverpudlian sets out to visit every sovereign nation in the world in this travelogue. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"Perhaps not the soul of basketball but certainly the wallet. A fine work of sports journalism and a must for every bookish roundball fan."
A blow-by-blow account of the 2010-2011 NBA season, which reshaped the face of pro basketball in a flurry of big money. Read full book review >
SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT by J. Brooks Flippen
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing history that sheds light on our own fractious times."
A revealing biography of a complex, contradictory political leader. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BARONS by Christian Davenport
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers frustrated at the trickle of news from China (the only nation with an active manned space program) will thrill at this lucid, detailed, and admiring account of wealthy space buffs who are spending their own money, making headlines, producing genuine technical advances, and resurrecting the yearning to explore the cosmos."
An enthusiastic account of the pursuit of "a holy grail—a technology with the potential to dramatically lower the cost of space travel." Read full book review >
THE MORALIST by Patricia O’Toole
Released: April 24, 2018

"A balanced, welcome new addition to the Wilson shelf."
O'Toole (When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House, 2005, etc.) adds to a long list of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) biographies with a skillfully crafted account of the president's life and legacy. 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 >