Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Dictators have never looked so educated."
A singular look at how dictators have gained control through literature. Read full book review >
NEVER REMEMBER by Masha Gessen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago."
A charged indictment of Soviet terror and historical amnesia alike. Read full book review >

THE POWER OF RARE by Victoria Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An incredibly inspiring and enterprising story of a mother's tireless endeavor to cure the ailment plaguing her daughter and others across the globe."
A cosmetic company mogul, philanthropist, and recent inductee into the National Women's Hall of Fame recounts how a rare disease and the fight for a cure galvanized her family. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Johnson engagingly captures the lives, struggles, and triumphs of five men whose greatness transcended American sports."
How five black men helped to transform UCLA, college and professional sports, and American life. Read full book review >
SECRETS WE KEPT by Krystal A. Sital
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A powerful, disturbing narrative in which pain flows out from the page, drenching readers."
A freelance journalist (New York Times Magazine, Salon, etc.) debuts with a wrenching, deeply personal memoir about the lives of three generations of women in Trinidad and Tobago. Read full book review >

TWENTIETH-CENTURY BOY by Duncan Hannah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"Devotees of the underground art and punk scenes of 1970s New York will devour Hannah's journals, each page of which contains something fascinating or worthy of note—best enjoyed while listening to Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs,' Television's 'Marquee Moon,' and Patti Smith's 'Horses.'"
An intensely personal and engrossing portrait of a bygone era. Read full book review >
SAINT BADASS by Doug  Carnine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"An illuminating and hopeful account of inmate rehabilitation through Buddhist teachings."
A retired education professor corresponds with prisoners who find peace through Buddhism. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF DEATH by Ralph  R. Rossell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"A candid, sensitive, and occasionally humorous account of life as a funeral director."
A debut memoir that meticulously documents every aspect of growing up and working in a Flushing, Michigan, funeral parlor. Read full book review >
TRUMPOCRACY by David Frum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Evenhanded, ideologically consistent, and guaranteed to generate a slew of angry tweets should a copy land at the White House."
The conservative stalwart takes measure of the current administration and finds it sadly wanting—and dangerous, and immoral, and…. Read full book review >
THE MILK LADY OF BANGALORE by Shoba Narayan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A witty and tender story that endears readers to Indian culture and one of their most sacred symbols, the cow."
A culture writer and cookbook author leaves New York City to reconnect with her roots in this humorous and heartwarming story about cows, Indian culture, and the strength of female friendship. Read full book review >
A WILDER TIME by William E.  Glassley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A superb tool for a better understanding of the natural world and why real science matters."
A veteran geologist recounts time spent studying Greenland's remarkable landscape during a series of six expeditions. Read full book review >
EAT THE APPLE by Matt  Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A real war story told in fragments by a gifted young writer trying to come to grips with his experiences."
In this debut memoir, Young (English/Centralia Coll.) reflects on his experiences joining the Marine Corps at the age of 18 and his subsequent tour in Iraq. 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 >