Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

THE WAY OF BEING LOST by Victoria Price
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"Heartfelt testimony of an arduous search for self-affirmation that will appeal to fellow seekers."
A candid chronicle of determined self-transformation. Read full book review >
LEFT BANK by Agnès Poirier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"An animated, abundantly populated history of dramatic times."
A detailed chronicle of a decade alive with intellectual and political ferment. Read full book review >

TOO AFRAID TO CRY by Ali Cobby Eckermann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A subdued memoir about shouldering pain, owning decisions, and finding a voice."
A celebrated Australian poet of aboriginal ancestry searches for her birth parents and for meaning in the face of adversity. Read full book review >
A WILDER TIME by William E.  Glassley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A superb tool for a better understanding of the natural world and why real science matters."
A veteran geologist recounts time spent studying Greenland's remarkable landscape during a series of six expeditions. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Interesting tittle-tattle for royal watchers."
The royal and celebrity biographer rehashes the tale of Wallis Simpson (1896-1986) and King Edward VIII (1894-1972), offering just a few new tidbits. Read full book review >

PARTNER TO POWER by K. Ward Cummings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"The author mostly gathers material from other historians, and his tendency to explain a president's choice as a consequence of parallel childhood trauma may remind readers of the Freudian psychobiographies that flourished in the mid-20th century. On the plus side, he writes well and delivers entertaining accounts that illuminate an important feature of American presidential politics."
Looking at the "extraordinary relationships" between a handful of presidents and their most trusted advisers. Read full book review >
IN FULL FLIGHT by John Heminway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A fascinating story in an occasionally frustrating recounting."
How does one weigh past evils against future good deeds? This is the central question of this at times compelling, at times vexing biographical sketch. Read full book review >
RICHARD POTTER by John Hodgson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A focused, scholarly, definitive life history that gives voice to a pioneering and little-known entertainment legacy."
The history of an itinerant "almost unknown" 19th-century African- American showman who changed the face of one-man entertainment. Read full book review >
THE AUDACITY OF INEZ BURNS by Stephen G. Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Bloom rescues an important figure from the dustbin of history. Burns receives the storyteller she deserves and can now occupy her proper place in the intersectional histories of feminism, law, and the San Francisco underworld."
In his latest book, Bloom (Journalism/Univ. of Iowa; Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls, 2009, etc.) chronicles the life and exploits of Inez Burns (1886-1976), a flamboyant, unapologetic libertine who rose to prominence as the most notorious abortionist in California in the first half of the 20th century. Read full book review >
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER by Francisco Cantú
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy."
A Mexican-American student of international relations becomes a United States Border Patrol agent to learn what he can't in the classroom. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Not merely a book about Guyana, but an impressively rendered story about imperialism in general and cultural imperialism in particular."
An illumination of the interplay of art, culture, politics, race, and history in Guyana, a Caribbean country mostly ignored by the rest of the world but which serves here as a fascinating microcosm for the power of art to inspire change. Read full book review >
THE LAND BETWEEN TWO RIVERS by Tom Sleigh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Provocative and eye-opening work from a dedicated artist."
A distinguished poet details his experiences reporting from war zones and refugee camps and grappling with the limits of language. 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 >