Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

MOZART by John Suchet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Rich with wit and warmth, this compact biography is thoroughly enchanting.
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An ideal introduction to understanding the famous composer. Read full book review >
LIGHTS ON, RATS OUT by Cree LeFavour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A searingly eloquent and intelligent memoir.
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A noted cookbook writer tells the story of her young-adulthood battles with mental illness and self-harming behaviors. Read full book review >

AFTERGLOW by Eileen Myles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A captivating look at a poet's repeated attempt 'to dig a hole in eternity' through language.
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A memoir that stretches the limits of its genre by making a dog the textual centerpiece. Read full book review >
HENRY DAVID THOREAU by Laura Dassow Walls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 2017

"Thoreau has inspired so many esteemed biographies that it's difficult to claim any new one as definitive. However, Walls delivers a sympathetic and honest portrait that fully captures the private and public life of this singular American figure."
A superbly researched and written literary portrait that broadens our understanding of the great American writer and pre-eminent naturalist who has too long been regarded as a self-righteous scold. Read full book review >
THE WRONG WAY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE by Megan  Stielstra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"In a style that is literary but never pedantic, Stielstra has crafted a collection that has such a sense of continuity that it could pass as a memoir."
Perhaps not lifesaving, but a life-enriching collection of essays by a conscientious writer and teacher who knows that asking the right questions is more important than having all the answers. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gripping addition to the literature of the period and an overdue tribute to these unique Americans."
The inspiring story of the "Ritchie Boys" and their unique contribution to the Allied victory in World War II. Read full book review >
DYING by Cory Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"There is an ever expanding body of literature on coming to terms with mortality, and this entry ranks with the best."
An eloquent plea for a more humane approach to death and a moving meditation on the life that leads to that end. Read full book review >
HUNGER by Roxane Gay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath."
A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. Read full book review >
AUTUMN by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Kirkus Star
by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Ingvild Burkey, illustrated by Vanessa Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An engagingly wide-ranging set of meditations."
The acclaimed author delivers a host of brief but insightful observations about the small matters of everyday life. Read full book review >
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT by Elizabeth Warren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Inspiring words to empower Warren's marching army."
Girded for battle, the senior senator from Massachusetts forcefully lays out the bleak picture of an American government increasingly controlled by corporate greed and special interests. Read full book review >
THE KELLOGGS by Howard Markel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A superb warts-and-all account of two men whose lives help illuminate the rise of health promotion and the modern food industry."
A dual biography of the highly successful Kellogg brothers, who "fought, litigated, and plotted against one another with a passion more akin to grand opera than the kinship of brothers." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A highly polished memoir of enormous heart."
The Latvian world of her grandmother draws the writer, an American, back to the old country to re-create a vanished life between farm and war. 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 >