Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

DIDEROT AND THE ART OF THINKING FREELY by Andrew S. Curran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"An intellectually dense and well-researched yet brisk journey into one of history's most persuasive dissenters."
A lively biography of Denis Diderot (1713-1784), provocateur, polymath, and central figure in the French Enlightenment. Read full book review >
WHEN DEATH BECOMES LIFE by Joshua D. Mezrich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Medical memoirs have become a significant genre over the past two decades, and this one ranks near the top, in a class that includes arguably the best, Henry Marsh's Do No Harm (2015)."
An outstanding memoir by a transplant surgeon who combines an autobiography and operating room dramatics with an equally engrossing history of his profession. Read full book review >

CONFESSIONS OF A ROGUE NUCLEAR REGULATOR by Gregory B. Jaczko
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A cautionary tale with a matter-of-fact tone."
The political education of a scientist-turned-nuclear energy regulator. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Robinson claims she didn't do it, and her book leaves no reason to doubt her."
A former teacher convicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal makes a strong case that students have been cheated by corporate profiteers and racist policies that undermine public education. Read full book review >
DUPED by Abby Ellin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Lively, provocative reading."
New York Times contributor Ellin (Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs in on Living Large, Losing Weight, and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help, 2005) investigates the art and science of duplicity. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A vivid history of wartime heroism."
A true-life thriller centers around a defiant woman who spied for Britain. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A lively, difficult-to-put-down portrait of an important era of American art that enhances readers' appreciation for the music it depicts."
A rip-roaring journey through the early days of rock 'n' roll, told through the lives of the men whose innovative guitars helped usher it into existence. Read full book review >
THE RESTLESS KINGS by Nick Barratt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A good choice for scholars and students of the Plantagenets."
A history of King Henry II (1133-1189) and his unpleasant royal sons. Read full book review >
¡CUBA LIBRE! by Tony Perrottet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A vivid, well-researched history."
A history of the ragtag group of rebels who took down a powerful dictator. Read full book review >
ARISTOTLE'S WAY by Edith Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Can happiness come from virtue? This lively book makes a good argument in the affirmative."
Call no one happy until after he is dead, goes the old Greek adage. Hall (Classics/King's Coll., London; Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind, 2013, etc.) takes a rosier view, drawing on Aristotelean philosophy to cheer us up in grim times. Read full book review >
JOY ENOUGH by Sarah McColl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A depressing and often cloying memoir that may hold some appeal for readers in similar circumstances with a penchant for dwelling on heartache."
A debut memoir focused on divorce and death. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A humble and timely book that speaks to an era of sweeping change and a reminder that faith and love are two of the best weapons to counter hatred."
A memoir from one of the most understated yet pivotal players in the history of American civil rights. 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 >