Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

LOU REED by Anthony DeCurtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential reading for Reed fans and strongly recommended for anyone interested in rock as art."
A full-length portrait of legendary musician Lou Reed (1942-2013). Read full book review >
HOOVER by Kenneth Whyte
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful resurrection of a brilliant man who, aside from the Founding Fathers, did more good before taking office than any other president in American history."
A biography of Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) meant "to spring [him] from the Depression and present him in another context, that of his full life." Read full book review >

NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Wiesel's memoir, first published in English in 1960, has emerged as a classic work of literature from that darkest of eras, and it deserves to be read and reread for decades to come."
A reissue of Wiesel's (Open Heart, 2012, etc.) foundational, exemplary memoir of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
TRACES OF VERMEER by Jane  Jelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Featuring wonderful illustrations, engaging prose, and a deep knowledge of the craft, this is a study in art history and methodology to delight an audience beyond just visual artists."
A painter of still life and landscape shares her theories and re-creations of Johannes Vermeer's artistic methods, primarily whether or not he used a camera obscura. Read full book review >
FRIENDS DIVIDED by Gordon S. Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An illuminating history of early Americans that is especially timely in the ugly, partisan-filled age of Trump."
The acclaimed historian engages in a compelling examination of the complex relationship of the Founding Fathers who eventually served as the second and third presidents of the United States. Read full book review >

SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >
GOING INTO TOWN by Roz Chast
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chast's voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city."
The highly regarded New Yorker cartoonist lets readers see the city she loves through her eyes. Read full book review >
GORBACHEV by William Taubman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"An engaging, poignant portrayal of one of the most significant of Russian leaders."
The long-awaited biography of the enigmatic Soviet leader whose "new thinking" sent shock waves throughout the Soviet Union and indeed the world. Read full book review >
THE GOURMANDS' WAY by Justin Spring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A literary meal both luscious and lively—and essential to understanding our vacillating love affair with the French."
A thoroughly researched account of how Americans fell in and out of love with French cuisine and cooking. Read full book review >
AN ODYSSEY by Daniel Mendelsohn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A well-told story that underscores the power of storytelling."
An account of the lessons learned by a son and his father as they study the Greek epic together. Read full book review >
CODE GIRLS by Liza Mundy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A well-researched, compellingly written, crucial addition to the literature of American involvement in World War II."
A previously untold history of the American women who served as codebreakers during World War II. Read full book review >
ADMISSIONS by Henry Marsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Another thoughtful, painful, utterly fascinating mixture of nut-and-bolts brain surgery with a compassionate, workaholic surgeon's view of medicine around the world and his own limitations. Readers will hope that a third volume is in the works."
A retired British neurosurgeon delivers the follow-up to his well-received debut memoir, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery (2015). 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 >