History Book Reviews

THE DEBATABLE LAND by Graham Robb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An imagination-stimulating work in which the past seems 'to dissolve and reshape itself.'"
Robb (The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts, 2013, etc.) uses his vast knowledge of Celtic history, languages, and geography to create a fascinating book of history and adventure. Read full book review >
THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS by Claudia Renton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2018

"A sparkling family portrait and riveting history."
An elite family faces a vastly changing nation. Read full book review >

REPORTER by Seymour Hersh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2018

"Rarely has a journalist's memoir come together so well, with admirable measures of self-deprecation, transparent pride, readable prose style, and honesty."
One of the most skilled investigative journalists in American history shares his saga in compelling detail. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A momentous work of sociological and civil rights history."
A history of the 1973 events that set a club in New Orleans—and the gay community—on fire. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF MARY SHELLEY by Fiona Sampson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"The author deftly plumbs the depths of Mary's psyche to enlighten us about both Shelleys and reveal the profound effects they had on each other."
A fresh biography of Mary Shelley (1797-1851), who created the monster that has become "part of our shared imagination." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"An adroit portrait of an early American physician who became a pioneering horticulturist."
A biography of David Hosack (1769-1835), a nature-obsessed doctor who "was convinced that saving lives also depended on knowing the natural world outside the human body." Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 5, 2018

"An eloquent response to an urgent—and still-unresolved—dilemma."
A social and political analyst reflects on racial tensions in contemporary America. Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2018

"A fascinating journey led by a passionate guide."
Emotionally wrenching music from northwestern Greece evokes questions about the meaning of music itself. Read full book review >
PLANET FUNNY by Ken Jennings
Released: May 29, 2018

"This book is full of good sense and meaningful interviews, and it would be difficult to find a smarter or more satisfying treatment of a subject so evanescent and idiosyncratic as comedy."
In his second departure from quiz-show fare, Jennings (Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, 2012, etc.) tracks the development of an abiding personal passion: comedy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"A palpable, engrossing portrait of three extraordinary women and their tempestuous, fragile world."
A captivating triple biography reveals the women who inspired Marcel Proust's Duchesse de Guermantes. Read full book review >
TESLA by Richard Munson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Readers will share Munson's frustration at this seeming frittering of a magnificent talent, but they will absolutely enjoy his sympathetic, insightful portrait."
A lucid, expertly researched biography of the brilliant Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), a contemporary and competitor of Thomas Edison who was equally celebrated during his life. Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2018

"This is no beach book. Rossellini gives us illuminating classes in art history, Western civilization, philosophy, and religion, all rolled into one book that must be read closely and pondered fully."
Polymath Rossellini shares the fruits of her broad knowledge of literature, philosophy, art, and history in this dense yet highly rewarding work in which readers "return to the early times of our history with the intention of rediscovering the building blocks of our contemporary personality." 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 >