Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

LETTERS FROM THE BOX IN THE ATTIC by Barbara Serbinski  Sipe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"An engaging biography, coupled with an equally captivating national history."
An homage to debut author Sipe's mother, who survived struggles in Poland during World War II. Read full book review >
GROSS ANATOMY by Mara Altman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A simultaneously funny and informative memoir about the wonder of the human body."
A journalist/author explores the whys and hows of the female body as she confronts the "volatile and apprehensive relationship" she has with her own body parts. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A fine account of FDR's rise to power combined with a cradle-to-grave biography of the man who made it possible."
Two giants of 20th-century American politics receive an insightful dual biography. Read full book review >
THE FINCH IN MY BRAIN by Martino Sclavi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Uniquely memorable and poignantly surreal."
A film producer and screenwriter's account of how he survived both stage-four brain cancer and surgery that rendered him unable to read. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE NOT WHITE by Sharmila Sen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Insightful, relevant reading for these times."
A former Harvard professor ruminates on race in America from her perspective as a Southeast Asian woman. Read full book review >

HELP! by Thomas Brothers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A fresh blend of scholarly musical analysis and provocative ideas about creativity and how composers create great art."
A convincing case that some of the greatest music in history was not the work of one brilliant mind but rather a result of the commingling of ideas that happens when two complementary artists team up. Read full book review >
A SONG FOR THE RIVER by Philip Connors
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A heartfelt, well-written volume of vignettes and reflections of a man who—much like his long lineage of fire lookout forebears—gladly chooses to escape civilization for the natural world."
A veteran fire lookout in the mountains of southern New Mexico ponders life and death in one of North America's oldest wilderness areas. Read full book review >
JUDAS by Astrid Holleeder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A riveting, sensational, unforgettable autobiography."
A sister's incriminating memoir exposing her abusive upbringing and a brother's felonious misdeeds. Read full book review >
KING CON by Paul Willetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"With the rise of identity theft, celebrity worship, and manipulative social media, this sprightly story of a legendary con artist's outrageous successes becomes a cautionary tale for the digital age."
The absorbing tale of a Jazz Age grifter named Edgar Laplante, who posed as an American Indian and gained extravagant wealth and worldwide fame. Read full book review >
RECKLESS by Robert K. Brigham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"If readers accept Brigham's evidence, which is considerable, the still-living Kissinger deserves to be disgraced."
A historian specializing in American foreign policy mines newly available archives to expose Henry Kissinger as a lying, self-serving, and incompetent presidential adviser who collaborated with Richard Nixon to allow the North Vietnamese victory against the American-backed South Vietnamese. Read full book review >
ALPHA ONE SIXTEEN by Peter Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A worthy entry in the vast library of books devoted to a misbegotten conflict."
Thoughtful, provocative memoir of slogging through one of the worst of many bad years of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
THE THREE ESCAPES OF HANNAH ARENDT by Ken Krimstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A compelling performance with great pacing that makes abstruse political theory both intelligible and memorable."
The astounding life of a 20th-century original as told by a skillful cartoonist frolicking in long form. 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 >