Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD by Maude  Julien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A startling testament of survival."
A disturbing, engrossing memoir of a bizarre, highly abusive childhood. Read full book review >
CHARLES DARWIN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An illuminating new biography of a legendary figure in the scientific world whose legacy continues to draw reappraisals."
The prolific novelist and biographer probes the character and controversies of Charles Darwin's life and the controversial theory that turned the world on its head. 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 >
THE SABOTEUR by Paul  Kix
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A winner: the stories are fascinating, the pages nearly turn themselves, and La Rochefoucauld is a true hero."
The page-turning tale of a World War II hero who would fit comfortably into any good spy thriller. 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 >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Many readers will agree that we are currently living in 'demented times,' and Sigmund adeptly lays out a history that has great relevance for today."
The course of Western philosophy was profoundly altered by the work of a small band of Vienna intellectuals a century ago. Sigmund (Emeritus, Mathematics/Univ. of Vienna; Games of Life: Explorations in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 2017, etc.) tells their story. 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 >
PRAIRIE FIRES by Caroline Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A vivid portrait of frontier life and one of its most ardent celebrants."
A sensitive biography of the author of Little House on the Prairie. Read full book review >
CARTOON COUNTY by Cullen Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Fun to flip through; engrossing to read."
Part memoir, part cultural history, part treasure trove of drawings and photographs, many previously unpublished—and all thoroughly delightful as a celebration of the golden age of newspaper comics. Read full book review >
DAVID BOWIE MADE ME GAY by Darryl W.  Bullock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Well-researched and brimming with intrigue, Bullock's comprehensive study not only makes the work of scores of musicians sing anew; it also demonstrates how the pendulum of acceptance can swing from era to era."
An encyclopedic look at the lives of formative Western LGBT musicians and performers. Read full book review >
STAND UP by Ken  Cruickshank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2017

"An affecting account of chronic illness; a useful reference for those with MS and their family members."
Cruickshank's first book, an account of his battle with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, captures the difficult journey of coming to terms with chronic illness. 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 >
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 >