Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

SCHLESINGER by Richard Aldous
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A solid, well-researched life of one of America's 'finest narrative historians.'"
An admiring portrait of a historian who made history. Read full book review >
THE GOURMANDS' WAY by Justin Spring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A literary meal both luscious and lively—and essential to understanding our vacillating love affair with the French."
A thoroughly researched account of how Americans fell in and out of love with French cuisine and cooking. Read full book review >

HIRSCHFELD by Ellen Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"As the first substantive biography of Hirschfeld, this will be welcomed by art and Broadway lovers alike."
An in-depth biography of America's "line king" caricaturist. Read full book review >
CLEOPATRA by Harold Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A masterfully perceptive reading of this seductive play's 'endless wonders.'"
A wise inquiry into an "erotic and yet transcendent" play. Read full book review >
CODE GIRLS by Liza Mundy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A well-researched, compellingly written, crucial addition to the literature of American involvement in World War II."
A previously untold history of the American women who served as codebreakers during World War II. Read full book review >

GRANT by Ron Chernow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"At nearly 1,000 pages, Chernow delivers a deeply researched, everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know biography, but few readers will regret the experience. For those seeking a shorter treatment, turn to Josiah Bunting's Ulysses S. Grant (2004)."
A massive biography of the Civil War general and president, who "was the single most important figure behind Reconstruction." Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A YOUNG POET by David  Biespiel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Lyrical, affectionate anecdotes about friends and family round out the author's graceful reflections on creativity."
Tracing the evolution of a poet's passion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A gripping account of life in captivity and humankind's ongoing relationship to war."
Syria's bloody civil war swallows up an intrepid French-American photojournalist secretly struggling with his own ambivalence about the seductive nature of conflict and violence. Read full book review >
JUSTICE FAILED by Alton  Logan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A terrible personal case that brings general conditions into cruelly sharp focus."
A shocking tale of wrongful conviction and an argument for "a more responsive, sensitive, humane, and just legal system." Read full book review >
HOOVER by Kenneth Whyte
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful resurrection of a brilliant man who, aside from the Founding Fathers, did more good before taking office than any other president in American history."
A biography of Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) meant "to spring [him] from the Depression and present him in another context, that of his full life." Read full book review >
IT'S MY PARTY by Jeannette  Watson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A fact-filled, tiresome memoir that leaves readers wanting more of some topics and far less of others."
A member of a celebrity family shares her life story. Read full book review >
HEATING & COOLING by Beth Ann Fennelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A sleek, delightful collection."
A poet and fiction writer delivers 52 "micro-memoirs"—some just one sentence, some a couple of pages—that offer insight into her life, the lives of loved ones, and the overall human condition. 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 >