Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BORN TRUMP by Emily Jane Fox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"High-level gossip of a kind, but a well-sourced, train wreck-fascinating look at the makings of Clan Trump, 'so uniquely suited for the second decade of the twenty-first century and its fame-obsessed, money-hungry, voracious twenty-four-hour cycle of a culture.'"
"Don't. Trust. Anyone. Ever."—X-ray meets psychoanalysis and balance sheet in this sharp-edged look at the workings of America's most dysfunctional gang. Read full book review >
CRASH COURSE by H. Bruce Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2018

"A compelling memoir mixed with original historical research leading to fresh interpretations of the permanent war culture."
The latest entry in the publisher's War Culture series, this one from a veteran cultural historian who writes that "since early childhood America's wars [have] been defining historical periods in my life." Read full book review >

THE THREE ESCAPES OF HANNAH ARENDT by Ken Krimstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A compelling performance with great pacing that makes abstruse political theory both intelligible and memorable."
The astounding life of a 20th-century original as told by a skillful cartoonist frolicking in long form. Read full book review >
LETTERS FROM MAX by Sarah Ruhl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A captivating celebration of life and love."
A Yale professor and her playwriting student forge an extraordinary friendship. Read full book review >
PASSING FOR HUMAN by Liana Finck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"In its ambition, framing, and multiple layers, this raises the bar for graphic narrative. Even fans of her work in the New Yorker will be blindsided by this outstanding book."
A graphic memoir turns the search for identity inside out as it illuminates the creative process. Read full book review >

JUDAS by Astrid Holleeder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A riveting, sensational, unforgettable autobiography."
A sister's incriminating memoir exposing her abusive upbringing and a brother's felonious misdeeds. Read full book review >
BECOMING LINCOLN by William W. Freehling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A must for every Civil War library."
A Bancroft Award-winning historian brings his considerable Civil War expertise to bear in searching for Abraham Lincoln's beginnings and the events that shaped him. Read full book review >
HEAVY by Kiese Laymon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A dynamic memoir that is unsettling in all the best ways."
A challenging memoir about black-white relations, income inequality, mother-son dynamics, Mississippi byways, lack of personal self-control, education from kindergarten through graduate school, and so much more. Read full book review >
RX by Rachel Lindsay
Kirkus Star
by Rachel Lindsay, illustrated by Rachel Lindsay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"This unsettlingly powerful graphic narrative shows how Lindsay has made peace with her parents and the medical establishment—and also found creative fulfillment far from corporate America."
A graphic memoir about mental illness, medication, health insurance, and all the interactions among them. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2018

"Honest, moving, and an invaluable source of hope for those facing all manner of adversities."
In this uplifting debut memoir, a Los Angeles businessman recalls his life before and after a triple organ transplant. Read full book review >
LEGACIES by Janis  Bultman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2018

"A magnetic and vital historical restoration."
A reprinting of long-lost interviews with photography icons. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR LORRAINE by Imani Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Throughout this animated and inspiring biography, Perry reminds us that the 'battles Lorraine fought are still before us: exploitation of the poor, racism, neocolonialism, homophobia, and patriarchy.'"
An intimate portrait of the artist as a black woman at the crossroads. 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 >