Nonfiction Book Reviews

Released: Nov. 11, 2018

"A magnum opus that celebrates the qualities of compassion, honor, and humanitarian virtue."
Miller (Behind the Lines, 2014, etc.) offers the second volume of a tour-de-force history detailing a little-known World War I humanitarian rescue mission, led by a future American president.Read full book review >
TWO MINUS ONE by Kathryn  Taylor
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Truthful, dignified, and pragmatic writing."
A woman chronicles a painful divorce in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

MOONSHOTS by Naveen  Jain
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"An exuberant, mind-expanding, and at times enthralling call for inventive entrepreneurs."
In this debut book, an entrepreneur views intellectual capital as securing the world's future. Read full book review >
PERIOD POWER by Nadya Okamoto
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A smart, honest, and comprehensive education on movement building and menstrual rights. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 13-adult)"
The story of how one young woman turned her passion for menstrual rights into an international movement. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"A treasure for browsers and bird lovers everywhere. (authors' notes, acknowledgements, find out more, index) (Nonfiction. 8-adult)"
Yolen and her three children celebrate birds with a lavishly illustrated compendium of facts, photographs, and poetry. Read full book review >

UNLADYLIKE by Cristen Conger
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Gritty, wildly informative, and informed: a must-have feminist survival guide for the Trump era. (notes, index) (Nonfiction. 14-adult)"
A feminist history and primer for today's women. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A thorough, genuine, and highly effective self-help work."
A year's worth of valuable insights about kindness. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A moving chronicle of a real humanitarian tragedy. (maps, author's note, source notes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 14-adult)"
The collective tale of Syrian refugees' attempt to escape the horrors of their country's civil war in search of a better tomorrow. Read full book review >
A WAY HOME by Scott F. Parker
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"A deftly composed collection that evokes, even in its specificity, the feeling of a place that may have only existed in memory."
A series of essays explores Oregon, the author's home state. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"An entertaining fish-out-of-water (and gasping-in-the-desert) saga, with an inspiring message of inclusion and understanding."
A Jewish American working in the United Arab Emirates fears hostility but finds humanity in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
CELLINI by Vito "Tutuc" Cellini
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A wide-ranging memoir of an active and momentous life."
A nonagenarian inventor and operative recounts a dramatic life. Read full book review >
NOT A POSTER CHILD by Francine  Falk-Allen
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Bold, charming, and inspirational."
A Californian polio survivor shares memories of her challenging but fulfilling life in this debut memoir. 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 >