Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

FLASH by Christopher Bonanos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"In this deeply researched (though lightly worn) and compelling portrait, Bonanos captures all sides of an artist in spite of himself."
A fine-grained close-up of the lensman who lit up New York City, both low-life and high-. Read full book review >
AN EXCELLENT CHOICE by Emma Brockes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2018

"A disarming and casually hilarious take on the opposite of co-parenting."
A fertility memoir with a whiff of Tristram Shandy. Read full book review >

OBAMA by Brian Abrams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An entertaining, enlightening look at an administration that was never dull."
An oral biography of the Barack Obama administration, culled from interviews conducted between May 2016 and October 2017. Read full book review >
EMPRESS by Ruby Lal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"A page-turning, eye-opening biography that shatters our impressions of India as established by the British Raj."
Lal (South Asian History/Emory Univ.; Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness, 2013, etc.) shines a light on Nur Jahan (1577-1645), who ruled as co-sovereign in the Mughal court, taking her husband's place without actually usurping him. Read full book review >
ANGELS ALWAYS COME ON TIME by Chaim  Linder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2017

"An engrossing and important look at the Jewish experience of the last century and a half."
An American immigrant explores the sprawling history of the Jewish people, from Poland to Jerusalem and the New World, through the struggles of generations of his family. Read full book review >

THE COST OF LIVING by Deborah Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An elegant, candid meditation on the fraught journey to self-knowledge."
After divorce and her mother's death, a writer struggles to redefine herself. Read full book review >
THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS by Claudia Renton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2018

"A sparkling family portrait and riveting history."
An elite family faces a vastly changing nation. Read full book review >
JELL-O GIRLS by Allie Rowbottom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"A book brimming with intelligence and compassion."
Rowbottom chronicles her relationship to a legendary American food brand and the dark underside of its history. Read full book review >
AMERICAN DISCONTENT by John L. Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"Free of fake news, a smart, engaging road map regarding 'what happened.'"
Accessible analysis of the social trends that prefaced the shock to democracy of Donald Trump's electoral victory. Read full book review >
DRIVEN by Melissa Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"Raw, tender, and uniquely envisioned."
A debut memoir that explores a woman's relationship with her family and dead brother through the cars that came into their lives. Read full book review >
BARONS OF THE SEA by Steven Ujifusa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"A vivid account of larger-than-life if not always attractive characters and a technological marvel that briefly captivated the Victorian world."
Fifty years before the robber barons, immense fortunes in the young United States flowed to great shipping firms, a brutal, sometimes lucrative, and technologically creative enterprise brilliantly chronicled by naval historian Ujifusa (A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States, 2012). Read full book review >
THE FIGHTERS by C.J. Chivers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Given his background, Chivers certainly did not set out to write a book emphasizing the foolishness of American actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. But that is the story that emerged from his painstaking, courageous reporting, and readers will be thankful for his work."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and former Marine Corps infantry officer Chivers (The Gun, 2010, etc.) offers a chilling account of failed American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq through the searing experiences of six fighters. 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 >