Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

CHANCER by Donnie Kanter Winokur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An honest, informative, and uplifting memoir."
A journalist and children's book author tells the story of the golden retriever that changed her disabled son's life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Some nuggets of insight are overwhelmed by a rambling, unavailing narrative."
Women on the fringes of the spiritual world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A courageous breaking of the code of silence to seek mental health for veterans and the war-scarred."
The story of the friendship between an embedded photographer in Afghanistan and a Marine who was wounded in an ambush explosion in 2010. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A suitably grim inside look at the front lines of the drug war."
A hard-boiled memoir from a former drug dealer who switched sides. Read full book review >
SELF-MADE WOMAN by Denise Chanterelle DuBois
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A fierce, unsparing memoir."
A transgender actress and businesswoman tells the no-holds-barred story of her transition from male to female. Read full book review >

MY FIRST COACH by Gary Myers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"No better and no worse than the human-interest sports profiles on a local TV channel."
Football writer and New York Daily News columnist Myers (Brady vs Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry that Transformed the NFL, 2015, etc.) looks at how fathers shape the on-field habits of their quarterback sons. Read full book review >
TO SIRI WITH LOVE by Judith Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A powerful and heartfelt 'slice of life' tale."
How Apple's Siri made a life-altering difference for an autistic boy. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW IN THE GARDEN by James Atlas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A brutally honest examination of the biographical craft and a good companion piece to Richard Holmes' This Long Pursuit (2017)."
An illuminating account of a career as a biographer. Read full book review >
THE SOCIOLOGIST’S EYE by Kai Erikson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A useful, illuminating analysis bolstered by a lifetime of close observation."
A man who has devoted his life to studying society delivers a final report on everything he has learned. Read full book review >
FREUD by Frederick Crews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Impressively well-researched, powerfully written, and definitively damning."
A thorough debunking of the Freud legend by an accomplished author and academic. Read full book review >
POETRY WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Jill Bialosky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An emotional, sometimes-wrenching account of how lines of poetry can be lifelines."
A celebrated poet, novelist, memoirist, and editor returns with an account of a life lived to the music of poetry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An engaging, lightly worn literary study, of a piece with Hugh Kenner's The Pound Era (1971) in divining the origins of the modern."
A group biography of four writers who are held as standard-bearers for a new movement in 20th-century literature. 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 >