Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Another winner of early American history from a renowned practitioner."
A history of three of the Founding Fathers who fought relentlessly "for nothing less than the dignity, equality, and rights of man in America and throughout Europe and England." Read full book review >
THE LIVES OF THE SURREALISTS by Desmond Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Like a modern-day Giorgio Vasari, Morris creates an intimate and unique you-are-there assessment of what made the surrealists tick."
An ideal introduction to the rebellious art movement. Read full book review >

EXCUSE ME WHILE I SLIP INTO SOMEONE MORE COMFORTABLE by Eric Poole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A magnetic collection of real stories that sheds a new light on life in the Midwest."
An aspiring creative struggles with his identity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Simultaneously uplifting, inspiring, and dispiriting."
An entertaining and informative trip around Alaska's coastline, one man's "event of a lifetime." Read full book review >
WHEN EINSTEIN WALKED WITH GÖDEL by Jim Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Prepare to be wined, dined, and entertained by quantum mechanics, group theory, topology, the infinitesimal, the infinitely small, and the string theory generation, among other topics."
A collection of incisive essays that make learning about science fun. Read full book review >

BROTHERS OF THE GUN by Marwan Hisham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A sharp, searing view of war from the front lines and an important contribution to understanding how a nation can disintegrate before one's eyes."
A richly detailed, sometimes horrifying account of the Syrian civil war. Read full book review >
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"In this solidly reported and much-anticipated book, Itzkoff delivers a revealing portrait of the motivations of a quiet comic genius whose explosive persona moved millions."
A New York Times culture reporter uses both straight reporting and insightful analysis in the first major biography of Robin Williams (1951-2014). Read full book review >
LAST TRIP HOME by Wanda Maureen  Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"An emotionally astute account of the oppressive confines of an unhappy family life."
In this novelistic memoir, a woman chronicles her anguish under her father's tyranny and her escape through education. Read full book review >
THE TRAIL TO TINCUP by Joyce Lynette  Hocker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"An inspiring and moving account of a caring family."
A former communications professor and clinical psychologist takes readers on a journey of death, grief, and acceptance in this memoir. Read full book review >
FREE WOMAN by Lara Feigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A graceful, absorbing meditation on two lives."
A writer discovers herself as she searches to understand Doris Lessing (1919-2013). Read full book review >
AGAINST MEMOIR by Michelle Tea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entrancing collection of irreverent and flamboyant essays."
A collection of essays that defies genre and gender. Read full book review >
TYRANT by Stephen Greenblatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An incisive and instructive study of personality politics and the abuse of power—topical literary criticism with classical virtues."
A leading scholar invokes the Bard of Avon to investigate why anyone would "be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth." 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 >