Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1277)

DUST TRACKS ON A ROAD by Zora Neale Hurston
Released: Nov. 4, 1942

"A different kind of a book, absorbing, human, entertaining, with occasional strong flavor."
A refreshing, energetic autobiography of the unusual Negro author who refused to accept an inferiority complex and struggled for a successful career and a positive, constructive life. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 1941

"Not likely to add to Steinbeck fans, but will pick up plus market on dual appeal."
Steinbeck might be said to have rescued biology from the laboratory and put it on the layman's reading shelf. Read full book review >

GREAT CONTEMPORARIES by Winston S.  Churchill
Released: Nov. 1, 1937

"Interesting, well written and worth reading."
Autobiography, in that it contains segments of his early life and associates. Read full book review >
CO-OP by Upton Sinclair
Released: Oct. 2, 1936

"Political views color the story and emotional phases are inevitable, though the emphasis is on reasoning rather than on party and the line is sharply drawn between socialism and communism."
This story does not follow exactly the thread indicated by the title. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"A well-told story, crisp with particulars, of the fundamental engagement of a Western family with the lives of ordinary Indians during a pivotal moment in history."
A son strives to understand his father, an iconoclastic Methodist missionary to India during the '20s and '30s. Read full book review >

DESPERATION by Lydia  Rychner-Reich
Released: Feb. 6, 1936

"Though 70 years have passed since the systematic, inhuman events in this compelling autobiography, it remains incredibly painful to read."
Rychner-Reich's coming-of-age memoir, set during the Nazi occupation of Poland and the Holocaust. Read full book review >
GREEN HILLS OF AFRICA by Ernest Hemingway
Released: Oct. 1, 1935

"Appearing in Scribners Magazine."
The Hemingway name will carry this beyond what the usual casual interest in reminiscences of hunting in Africa would ordinarily achieve. Read full book review >
MARLBOROUGH by Winston S.  Churchill
Released: Jan. 1, 1933

"One of the great biographies of our times."
Just to draw to your attention again the fact that Vol. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 4, 1008

"A thoroughly readable, scrupulously fair assessment of the one president who could inspire a Mt. Rushmore makeover."
Prolific historian Brands (History/Univ. of Texas; The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Years' War Over the American Dollar, 2006, etc.) turns his well-honed biographer's eye to FDR. 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 >