Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

THE WAY OF JESUS by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A scattershot introduction to Christianity for the skeptical."
A personal look at living through Jesus. Read full book review >
FRANCIS I by Leonie Frieda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"Though a figure of major importance, Francis has been forgotten against better known contemporaries such as England's Henry VIII. Frieda's work helps restore him to history."
Thoroughgoing biography of the French ruler who allied with Islam in an effort to resist his Habsburg neighbors. Read full book review >

THE LIST by Amy Siskind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"An astonishing roster, documenting history as it is being made and democracy as it is being unmade."
A Homeric catalog, in numbered lists, of all the wrongs the current occupant of the White House has done unto the republic. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF EISENHOWER by William I. Hitchcock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Despite plenty of warts, Hitchcock's Eisenhower was a hardworking, skillful president. Jean Edward Smith's Eisenhower in War and Peace (2012) remains the best modern biography, but Hitchcock's is a worthy competitor."
A lengthy, well-documented argument that "the era from the end of the Second World War up to the presidency of John F. Kennedy deserves to be known as the Age of Eisenhower." Read full book review >
THE PLEASURE SHOCK by Lone Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A thoughtful, always interesting look into the workings of the mind—and the sometimes-surprising implications of how those workings have been revealed."
Science in the service of power can easily be warped and distorted—but, as this book shows, it can sometimes yield unexpected benefits. Read full book review >

PACKING MY LIBRARY by Alberto Manguel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Vintage Manguel—a pleasure for his many readers and admirers."
The archbibliophile writes nostalgically of his "last library," the most recent of a succession of collections that have defined him over a lifetime. Read full book review >
THE HEAVENS MIGHT CRACK by Jason Sokol
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A revealing examination of how a 'courageous dissident' became a martyred saint."
A history of the passionate responses generated by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Read full book review >
THE WIFE'S TALE by Aida Edemariam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A flawed but richly evocative tale of family and international history."
A Guardian journalist tells the story of her Ethiopian grandmother's remarkable life. Read full book review >
THE JUSTICE OF CONTRADICTIONS by Richard L. Hasen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Recommended particularly for attorneys and other legal professionals who can appreciate, analyze, and critique the author's viewpoint for themselves."
An influential legal commentator grapples with the jurisprudential legacy of Antonin Scalia (1936-2016). Read full book review >
BLOOD LETTERS by Lian Xi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A moving account of astonishing human courage in the leering face of human cruelty."
A profoundly grim, sanguinary account of the suffering of a young woman during the days of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >
YOU COULD DO SOMETHING AMAZING WITH YOUR LIFE [YOU ARE RAOUL MOAT] by Andrew Hankinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"True crime from a radically different perspective."
A British journalist probes the troubled psyche of a notorious killer. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS MYSTIC by Joel F. Harrington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Extremely well-researched and fluidly written, Harrington's work will serve as a meaningful resource for students of mysticism and of late Medieval Christianity."
Insightful biography of German theologian Meister Eckhart (1260-1328). 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 >