Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

RIKO by Denise B. Dailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
APOCALYPSE CHILD by Flor Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"An impressive religious memoir—candid and inspiring without being sensationalistic or self-pitying."
A debut book focuses on a young girl growing up in the infamous Children of God cult and the bizarre locales that she was raised in. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off."
An instructive exploration of endurance, in sports and in life, from a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Read full book review >
TYRANT by Stephen Greenblatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An incisive and instructive study of personality politics and the abuse of power—topical literary criticism with classical virtues."
A leading scholar invokes the Bard of Avon to investigate why anyone would "be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth." Read full book review >
LIVING WITH LEONARDO by Martin Kemp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Sign up for these informative, witty, and opinionated art history classes."
A scholar looks back on a long career studying Leonardo da Vinci's life and works. Read full book review >

RICHARD III by Chris Skidmore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"One of the least biased accounts of Richard III; the author acknowledges his subject's faults without justifying them."
A new biography of the alternately reviled and beloved king and his times. Read full book review >
A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOUD by Chris Stamey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2018

"A standout addition to the crowded shelf of recollections by the underground iconoclasts of the 1980s and '90s."
A charming, knowledgeable memoir by an esteemed first-generation indie-rock musician. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
WHEN EINSTEIN WALKED WITH GÖDEL by Jim Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Prepare to be wined, dined, and entertained by quantum mechanics, group theory, topology, the infinitesimal, the infinitely small, and the string theory generation, among other topics."
A collection of incisive essays that make learning about science fun. Read full book review >
CALYPSO by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
THE BURNING SHORES by Frederic Wehrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Essential reading for anyone interested in the facts of the Benghazi attacks and in the future of a definitively troubled region."
A searing tale of violence, chaos, and unintended consequences in post-Gadhafi Libya. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN PRINCESS by Annejet van der Zijl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A concise, thoughtful, and well-researched biography."
A distinguished Dutch biographer's account of the life of Allene Tew (1872-1955), who rose from middle-class obscurity to become one of America's first socialites. 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 >