Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

JEFFERSON'S DAUGHTERS by Catherine  Kerrison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An insightful contribution to women's history."
The circumscribed paths of women's lives emerge from a deeply researched history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An eloquent affirmation of the vast capacity of the human heart."
An Academy Award-winning filmmaker makes her literary debut with the stunning account of Gladys Kalibbala, who has devoted herself to rescuing lost children in Uganda. Read full book review >

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Max Boot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Controversial in some of its conclusions, perhaps, as Lansdale's arguments were in their day, and essential reading for students of military policy and the Vietnam conflict."
A probing, timely study of wrong turns in the American conduct of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
OPEN by Alaina O'Connell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 2017

"A well-crafted, multi-perspective view of the benefits of adoption."
A debut group memoir joins the voices of an adoptive mother, a birth mother, and the daughter they both love as they retell their experiences. Read full book review >
FRONDS AND ANEMONES by William Allan Plummer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"An informative guide to tending a garden and appreciating the natural world."
In this memoir and gardening manual, a lifelong naturalist shares his love and detailed knowledge of plants and animals. Read full book review >

EYEWITNESS: MY JOURNEY TO THE HAGUE by ISAK GAŠI
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Important, powerful; a cautionary tale about nationalism."
A chilling personal account of the atrocities committed by the Serbians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War as experienced by Gaši and told by debut author Koos. Read full book review >
LOSING MY RELIGION by Eric  T. Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2017

"A candid and thoughtful reflection on faith, reason, and art."
A debut memoir explores a young man's upbringing in the Mormon Church and his flight from it. Read full book review >
1917 by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Mixing both real events and a few moments of speculation, a fine account of a climacteric year."
Dual biography of two men who stand in this account as avatars of worldwide change in a critical historical moment. Read full book review >
THE EPIC CITY by Kushanava Choudhury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A candid and often moving history of a city's dramatic past and roiling present."
The son of immigrant parents creates a vivid, affectionate, and gritty portrait of a complex city. Read full book review >
STALIN'S METEOROLOGIST by Olivier Rolin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A movingly illuminating biography."
A prizewinning French writer tells the story of how a Soviet meteorologist lionized by Stalin was wrongfully imprisoned and executed during the Great Purge of the 1930s. Read full book review >
WHY I'M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni  Eddo-Lodge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A sharp, compelling, and impassioned book."
A London-based journalist offers her perspective on race in Britain in the early 21st century. Read full book review >
THE ABU DHABI BAR MITZVAH by Adam Valen  Levinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"While Karachi or Aleppo may not be next year's hot vacation destinations, Levinson proves there's ample reason to go."
While the blank spaces on the maps have long since been filled in, the psychological barriers walling off regions of the world where Westerners dare not tread are as tall as ever. Here, a "multimedia backpack journalist" explores some of them. 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 >