Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 11)

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 >
PATRIOT NUMBER ONE by Lauren Hilgers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"This excellent book makes a powerful argument for why the U.S. should always remain a place of sanctuary, benefiting immensely from those who arrive from other shores."
Affecting portrait of a Chinese dissident who found a home among like-minded democrats in faraway New York. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A breezy, affably written amalgam of memoir, advice, and workplace survival guide from the front lines of the entertainment industry."
A TV writer reflects on carving out a career in male-dominated Hollywood. Read full book review >
HUNTING THE TRUTH by Beate Klarsfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"With bravery and chutzpah, a husband and wife demonstrate that there's no moral compromise with history."
In a joint memoir, a pair of notable Nazi hunters review their half-century of disputing acceptance of mass murderers in decent society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Quick, fun, easy reading for devotees of high fashion and mystery fans, complete with wrong turns and false friends."
The tale of "one of the most captivating and enduring pieces of jewelry," which would "crawl into the world of collectors and jewelers to enchant and confound them" for more than eight decades. Read full book review >

IN THE SHADOW OF STATUES by Mitch Landrieu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A powerful, welcome manifesto in the cause of a new and better South—and a 'better America.'"
"Has the white South truly reckoned with the Civil War?" The mayor of New Orleans, scion of an old progressive family, writes of the controversy surrounding his city's removal of monuments to the Confederacy. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BARONS by Christian Davenport
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers frustrated at the trickle of news from China (the only nation with an active manned space program) will thrill at this lucid, detailed, and admiring account of wealthy space buffs who are spending their own money, making headlines, producing genuine technical advances, and resurrecting the yearning to explore the cosmos."
An enthusiastic account of the pursuit of "a holy grail—a technology with the potential to dramatically lower the cost of space travel." Read full book review >
PICASSO AND THE PAINTING THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD by Miles J. Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A fine, if familiar, portrayal of a bold, vulnerable, questing artist."
Pablo Picasso's artistic evolution culminated in one huge, irreverent, iconoclastic painting. Read full book review >
TWENTIETH-CENTURY BOY by Duncan Hannah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"Devotees of the underground art and punk scenes of 1970s New York will devour Hannah's journals, each page of which contains something fascinating or worthy of note—best enjoyed while listening to Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs,' Television's 'Marquee Moon,' and Patti Smith's 'Horses.'"
An intensely personal and engrossing portrait of a bygone era. Read full book review >
HAVE DOG, WILL TRAVEL by Stephen Kuusisto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"An eloquent and heartwarming memoir."
A poet/memoirist's account of how he bonded with his first guide dog. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"The rivers of mutual affection, admiration, and artistry form a powerful confluence in these deeply affecting exchanges."
A collection of revealing and moving letters, spanning nearly 40 years, between the celebrated playwright and his publisher and friend at New Directions. Read full book review >
FROM THE LEFT by Bill Press
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A lively and refreshing memoir."
A politically liberal radio and TV host reflects on his unconventional career path. 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 >