Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"An affecting, timely book that would have benefited from tighter editing and a less scattered narrative structure."
A mix of memoir and deep research into various Mexican and American political immigration issues, exploring complications of life on both sides of the border. Read full book review >
CONCEIVABILITY by Elizabeth L. Katkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A well-researched, informative, and positive account of a very long journey to motherhood."
A chronicle of the great lengths one woman went through to conceive and birth two children. Read full book review >

OLD IN ART SCHOOL by Nell Irvin Painter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A spirited chronicle of transformation and personal triumph."
A noted historian tells about her daring career move to become an artist. Read full book review >
CALL ME AMERICAN by Abdi Nor Iftin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A searing memoir filled with horrors that impressively remains upbeat, highly inspiring, and always educational."
Born to extreme poverty in 1985 in war-torn Somalia, Iftin chronicles the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to obtain residency in the United States. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A memoir that would have radiated greater power as a long-form magazine article."
Still in his early 20s, Wood chronicles his arduous upbringing as a black male, including his 15 minutes of fame (so far) while a college student. Read full book review >

TANGO LESSONS by Meghan Flaherty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A vibrantly intelligent reading pleasure."
An essayist's debut memoir of how a passion for tango dancing transformed her life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"For Mockingbird and Harper Lee devotees."
A detailed account of a classic novel's context, transformation, and acclaim. Read full book review >
LITTLE PANIC by Amanda Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"Stern is such a skilled stylist—and such an unforgiving judge of herself—that the memoir radiates a morbid fascination."
Stern (The Long Haul, 2003) offers a searing memoir about her lifelong panic disorder. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"Admirers of scrupulous entrepreneurship will find much of value in this book."
Spirited life of the 19th-century capitalist John Mackay (1831-1902). Read full book review >
UNDER THE BIRCH TREE by Nancy  Chadwick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A remembrance with lively individual scenes that fail to merge into a cohesive whole."
A debut memoir about a woman's three-decade search for connection and self-assurance. Read full book review >
YES WE (STILL) CAN by Dan Pfeiffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"A nostalgic look back and hopeful look forward."
Another Barack Obama staffer reveals his White House experiences. Read full book review >
FARE THEE WELL by Joel Selvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2018

"For Deadheads, sure, but also rock fans who may wonder where the road led after Jerry died."
What happened after the long, strange trip ended—and then continued. 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 >