Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER by Wayne Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"It is unimaginable that any life of Cooper will surpass this fascinating book."
The second volume of a majestic biography covers the 19th-century author's most productive decades. Read full book review >
SO HIGH A BLOOD by Morgan Ring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A wealth of correspondence and a strong knowledge of the period combine in a capable book showing life at these strange medieval courts."
An introduction to one of the Tudor family's least-known women. Read full book review >

LEADING LADY by Stephen Galloway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A brisk, breezy look at the turbulent world of moviemaking."
A biography about a powerful former studio head. Read full book review >
THE OUTRUN by Amy Liptrot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"An ordinary addiction memoir set in an extraordinary place—worth reading for the descriptions of life on a 'beautiful, barely touched stretch of land.'"
After a decade in London, a troubled woman returns home to a rural island in northern Scotland, hoping to heal. Read full book review >
GOOD FRIDAY ON THE REZ by David Hugh Bunnell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A well-intended memoir with forgivable flaws in the service of the greater good of delivering a portrait of reservation life over the course of half a century."
An Indian rights sympathizer returns to the site of an iconic moment in Native American resistance: Wounded Knee. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects."
Summer of Sam? Fuggedaboudit. If you want to scare a New Yorker of a certain age, evoke the Mad Bomber, the subject of this taut true-crime whodunit. Read full book review >
JEFFERSON by John B. Boles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A stately, knowledgeable study jostling for space among the groaning bookshelves devoted to the third president."
A fully fleshed biography of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) that emphasizes his creative paradoxes and accomplishments. Read full book review >
THE TINCTURE OF TIME by Elizabeth L. Silver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"The attempt to balance personal trauma with wider cultural reference is a tricky challenge, but this will resonate with anyone who has experienced diagnostic difficulties."
A mother's uncertainty about her baby daughter's medical care pervades this unsettling memoir. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S LIEUTENANTS by Stephen W. Sears
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A staggering work of research by a masterly historian."
From "Old Fuss and Feathers" Winfield Scott to Ulysses S. Grant, the succession of Northern generals during the Civil War receives a thorough scouring in this massive, elegant study. Read full book review >
GONE by Min Kym
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A pellucid memoir of letting go and coming to terms."
A child prodigy suffers a great loss and then finds herself. Read full book review >
THERE IS NO F*CKING SECRET by Kelly Osbourne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A breezy, well-intentioned memoir for Osbourne fans."
The TV personality and fashion designer addresses different aspects of her life through a series of letters. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fast-paced account quite likely to engender strong reactions among readers concerned with the U.S. military's roles in foreign conflicts."
A war memoir from a highly decorated Navy SEAL. 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 >