Nonfiction Book Reviews

IMPLOSION by Elizabeth W. Garber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An alternately wistful and searing exploration of a troubled legacy."
A daughter's vibrant relationship with her father decays into warfare and abuse in this coming-of-age memoir. Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2018

"A must-read for policymakers, but one that's not too wonkish for lay readers."
A foreign policy scholar analyzes two decades of American policymaking to better understand the country's uneasy posture toward globalized innovation, research, and development. Read full book review >

MATING IN CAPTIVITY by Helen  Zuman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An engrossing and offbeat story of ideological bonds that chafe—and sometimes liberate."
A young woman experiences a sexual awakening—and romantic frustration—in a kooky cult in this debut coming-of-age memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2018

"Honest, moving, and an invaluable source of hope for those facing all manner of adversities."
In this uplifting debut memoir, a Los Angeles businessman recalls his life before and after a triple organ transplant. Read full book review >
RUDY’S RULES FOR TRAVEL by Mary K. Jensen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A book that will make readers want to pack their bags and catch the first flight to somewhere far away."
A set of rules for life, by way of a delightful travel narrative. Read full book review >

LEGACIES by Janis  Bultman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2018

"A magnetic and vital historical restoration."
A reprinting of long-lost interviews with photography icons. Read full book review >
REDLINED by Linda Gartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A rich remembrance of a captivating, transformative era in American history."
A stunning debut memoir that documents the societal and racial changes of the mid-20th century, told from the perspective of a Chicago family caught in the middle of them. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A modest, beguiling biography that brilliantly mirrors its understated and remarkable subject."
This straightforward, enthusiastic biography by Eichinger and Everson recounts the life story of Eric Liddell, the Olympic athlete whose achievements inspired the iconic movie Chariots of Fire. Read full book review >
UNCHARTED by Lyle  Sopel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"An absolute tour de force and a must-read for any aspiring artist."
A Canadian jade sculptor recalls his life and work in this remarkable memoir by Sopel (Sopel: Alluring Presence, 2012). Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 6, 2018

"Powerful, essential reading for all high school and college students, parents, and educators. (author's note, resources, letter from the Prouts, note from co-writer, acknowledgements) (Memoir. 14-adult)"
As a 15-year-old, Prout was sexually assaulted at an elite New England boarding school, a crime that would make the national news before she made the decision to go public with her identity and reclaim her story. Read full book review >
RIKO by Denise B. Dailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"A skillfully written, well-researched account of two difficult, mesmerizing characters."
This biography tells the story of Czech artist Jan Emmerich "Riko" Mikeska and his wife, Greta Schmied. Read full book review >
A WITNESS TO A NON-HAPPENING by Saul Birnbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"A detailed and sobering account."
An Auschwitz survivor refutes Holocaust deniers 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 >