Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

THE KARDASHIANS by Jerry Oppenheimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A fluffy diversion for celebrity-obsessed readers."
A tale of Kardashian Inc. Read full book review >
A FORCE SO SWIFT by Kevin Peraino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Provides useful context for the troubled, tangled history of U.S. dealings with China, a timely topic."
A study of the Communist victory in China in 1949 and the American role in the events leading to that triumph. Read full book review >

THANKS, OBAMA by David  Litt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"President Obama's running question to Litt was, 'so, are we funny?' Yes, they are—and insightful, too."
President Barack Obama's speechwriter offers his take on an extraordinary tenure inside the White House. Read full book review >
LESSONS IN HOPE by George Weigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A page-turner for fans of John Paul II, devotees of papal history, or those who simply enjoy a good and literate personal story."
The story behind the defining biography of John Paul II (1920-2005). Read full book review >
ORDERS TO KILL by Amy Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A vivid, chilling portrait of a Russia grown 'scary and unpredictable.'"
A scathing indictment of Vladimir Putin's "police state" that offers compelling evidence of his absolute suppression of any opposition or exposure of the state's corruption. Read full book review >

THE TRADE by Jere Van Dyk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Anyone with an interest in the geopolitics of the global war on terrorism will find value in this account."
A former hostage of the Taliban continues the story begun with Captive (2010), digging deeper into the circumstances of his kidnapping. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ÉMILE ZOLA by Michael Rosen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"Zola had a knack for turbulence, both in his fiction and in his personal life. This lively account documents one of the most turbulent and consequential episodes of all."
A chronicle of Émile Zola's exile in England after the novelist's involvement in the Dreyfus affair. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN COUNTRY by Paisley Rekdal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A poignant, relevant synthesis of cultural studies and true-crime drama."
A compact, thoughtful debut addressing violence, immigrant identity, and the long shadow of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
SWORDS IN THE HANDS OF CHILDREN by Jonathan Lerner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2017

"Readers with a memory for the time will appreciate some of Lerner's dish, which involves other now-well-known radicals. Those too young for it will find inspiration in his latter-day commitment to tiny acts in the face of Armageddon."
A rueful—but not entirely so—account of years spent in the Students for Democratic Society and its militant offspring, the Weather Underground. Read full book review >
FASTING AND FEASTING by Adam  Federman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2017

"A highly detailed traditional biography of an unconventional woman."
A journalist examines the life of an important but neglected British-born cookbook author. Read full book review >
AFTERGLOW by Eileen Myles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A captivating look at a poet's repeated attempt 'to dig a hole in eternity' through language.
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A memoir that stretches the limits of its genre by making a dog the textual centerpiece. Read full book review >
MISS D AND ME by Kathryn  Sermak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Sermak writes of Davis' tutelage, 'she was training me for a world that was fading from view.' The author ably documents Davis' growing realization that, long before her death in 1989, her time was already passing."
A chronicle of the last years of a cinema legend as told by her personal assistant. 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 >