Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 11)

THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS by Lauren  Markham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"One of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey (2006)."
Markham relies on her roles as a journalist and a worker in the realm of refugee resettlement and immigrant education to craft a powerful narrative about an experience that plays out every day in the United States. Read full book review >
SURVIVOR CAFÉ by Elizabeth Rosner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A thoughtful, probing meditation on the fragility of memory and the indelible inheritance of pain."
Trauma informs a memoir palpable with anger, sorrow, and frustration. Read full book review >

THE INTERNATIONALISTS by Oona A.  Hathaway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Rich in implication, particularly in a bellicose time, and of much interest to students of modern history and international relations."
"If law shapes real power, and ideas shape the law, then we control our fate"—a searching analysis of contending views of state violence and warfare. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Though it lacks the stinging punch of Thompson, the book is a useful snapshot of a tumultuous presidential race."
The 2016 election finds the author on a search for the real America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Heartfelt and most effective when the author's lens moves from herself to the events beyond her."
Continuing a tale echoed fictionally in her When the Cypress Whispers (2014), Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Corporon relates a story of compassion and collective resistance during World War II, linking it to contemporary events. Read full book review >

FEVERLAND by Alex Lemon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Although sometimes maddening to read, Lemon's collision of ideas and images adds up to a celebration of a life unbowed by suffering."
Fevered prose and wild digressions mark a poet's candid memoir of pain and illness. Read full book review >
UNSTOPPABLE by Maria  Sharapova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Sharapova demonstrates consistent dedication and impressive wisdom for her age."
Professional tennis celebrity Sharapova relates her remarkable immigration saga and writes candidly about her career, family, and personal life. Read full book review >
MY FAIR JUNKIE by Amy  Dresner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A hard-knocks addiction memoir buoyed with humor and insight."
An addict reflects on her long, bumpy road to eventual recovery. Read full book review >
BELIEVE ME by Yolanda  Hadid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A well-meaning and often compelling story of one woman's relentless pursuit of an effective treatment for the devastating chronic effects of Lyme disease that should expand public awareness for this deeply misunderstood condition."
A Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star recounts her arduous battle with Lyme disease. Read full book review >
DEVOTION by Patti Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Not Smith's best work—fine for devotees but pretty thin gruel for the uninitiated."
Much-honored rock goddess and writer Smith (M Train, 2015, etc.) returns with a hurried meditation on miscellaneous deep things, including the title topic. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO MEMORY by Karen Tei Yamashita
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shaped and voiced with literary flair, this is clearly a book Yamashita felt compelled to write, and her sense of purpose makes this historical excavation feel deeply personal."
A multilayered evocation of Japanese internment camps as experienced by the author's extended family. Read full book review >
NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Wiesel's memoir, first published in English in 1960, has emerged as a classic work of literature from that darkest of eras, and it deserves to be read and reread for decades to come."
A reissue of Wiesel's (Open Heart, 2012, etc.) foundational, exemplary memoir of the Holocaust. 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 >