Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

UNQUALIFIED by Anna  Faris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A mildly compelling celebrity memoir primarily for fans of the author's podcast."
The comedic actress and podcaster reflects on her career journey and offers advice on relationships. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE SHADOW OF A GIANT by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There is no chance that the authors will knock Newton off his pedestal, but they present a well-documented argument that he owed more to the ideas of others than he admitted."
The story of Robert Hooke (1635-1703) and Edmond Halley (1656-1742) and an exploration of "how science might have developed if Isaac Newton had never lived." Read full book review >

THE BLUEPRINT by Jason  Lloyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Exciting game action blended with mostly interesting behind-the-scenes maneuvers and manipulations of a pro-sports franchise."
A sports journalist debuts with a very personal account of the return of LeBron James to Cleveland in 2014 and of the Cavaliers' NBA championship in 2016. Read full book review >
INSIDE CAMP DAVID by Michael  Giorgione
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An easygoing, not particularly deep visit to a place where presidents are 'more reflective, playful, and energized by the hills and forests that surround them.'"
A portrait of the Camp David retreat, from a former commanding officer of the facility. Read full book review >
SHE READ TO US IN THE LATE AFTERNOONS by Kathleen Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A thought-provoking memoir about the significance of literature in life."
A distinguished fiction writer traces the relationship between significant periods in her life and the novels she was reading during those defining times. Read full book review >

AN AMERICAN FAMILY by Khizr  Khan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Khan's aspirational memoir reminds us all why Americans should welcome newcomers from all lands."
A politically pointed immigrant success story mingled with equally pointed tragedy. Read full book review >
STICKY FINGERS by Joe  Hagan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An engaging doorstop of a biography and a lasting legacy for the keeper of rock-'n'-roll's watchtower."
The definitive biography of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner (b. 1946). Read full book review >
SISTERS FIRST by Jenna Bush Hager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An enjoyably nostalgic scrapbook stocked full of memories from twins born into a political dynasty."
Fraternal twins and philanthropists Jenna (Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, 2007) and Barbara fondly portray the peaks and valleys of life carrying the Bush surname. Read full book review >
I CAN'T BREATHE by Matt Taibbi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Sure to be a fixture on any reading list or curriculum regarding the woeful state of the American criminal justice system."
Rolling Stone contributing editor Taibbi (Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, 2017, etc.) goes behind the scenes of an infamous police killing of an unarmed black man to explore a tragic national phenomenon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Though firsthand, a minor addition to the literature surrounding the Manson cult."
A one-time member of the Manson family delivers a dutiful account of her part in that history of mayhem. Read full book review >
HANK AND JIM by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An entertaining, richly documented biography that will be appreciated by film and theater scholars as well as fans of these memorable actors."
A dual biography tracing the careers and 50-year friendship of two iconic American actors. Read full book review >
DARE NOT LINGER by Nelson Mandela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Essential to students of Mandela's political career as well as of modern African history."
A memoir of Mandela's term as president of newly democratic South Africa. 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 >