Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

THE ENLIGHTENED MR. PARKINSON by Cherry  Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Parkinson's overall contributions to medicine may be trivial except for a name, but Lewis delivers an appealing, often gruesome account of the life of a workaholic, highly respected physician from a far-off time."
A biography of the doctor who first defined the "debilitating condition" that has become "one of the most familiar of all neurological disorders." Read full book review >
BEYOND THE HIGH BLUE AIR by Lu  Spinney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An engrossing and wrenching memoir."
A family's tragedy is revealed in agonizing detail. Read full book review >

SURFING WITH SARTRE by Aaron James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Heidegger as ho-daddy? The approach is unusual, but to fruitful—and entertaining—ends."
I surf, therefore I am: a good-natured exploration of some of the big questions philosophy raises, all while hanging 10. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF EMMA REYES by Emma  Reyes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An unsentimental and inspiring depiction of rising out of atrocious circumstances."
An artist's epistolary girlhood memoir of abandonment, poverty, and survival. Read full book review >
THE DAY WILL PASS AWAY by Ivan  Chistyakov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A singular crack inside the gulag system."
First published in Russian in 2014, this is the first American edition of a chilling, revealing diary of a reluctant gulag prison guard. Read full book review >

GOD'S WOLF by Jeffrey Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A vivid narrative that effectively delineates the era's courtly spirit and 'nightmarish barbarity.'"
Elegant biography of a little-known Frankish crusader who is still a thorn in the sides of Islamists. Read full book review >
THE BETTENCOURT AFFAIR by Tom Sancton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A well-researched, crisply written, and entertaining story of family, greed, wealth, and the complex relations among them."
A juicy chronicle of France's richest scandal. Read full book review >
STANTON by Walter Stahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A lively, lucid, and opinionated history, and his research supports his skepticism on some historical claims. The book should be Stanton's definitive biography for some time to come."
An exhaustive biography of the most controversial figure in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Read full book review >
WARNER BROS by David Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An entertaining, well-documented history of the legendary studio for film scholars and fans alike."
The colorful history of the renowned Warner Bros. film studio and the brothers who founded it in the early 1920s. Read full book review >
RESCUED FROM ISIS by Dimitri  Bontinck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A moving personal account that offers profound insights into Islamic terrorism and the struggle against it."
A Belgian military veteran and former United Nations peacekeeper tells how he rescued his son from the infamous terrorist group. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE A GENIUS by Nate  Dern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"In his first book, Dern shoots for the easy laughs, some of which he hits; however, he falls short of creating the lasting ones.
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A collection of stories, essays, and sketches from the senior writer of Funny or Die. Read full book review >
BONES by Joe Tone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A suspenseful story as well as a fascinating depiction of the mechanics of money laundering, the largely unfamiliar world of quarter horse racing, and the dynamics of an extended family, the book draws readers into the complexities of life at the border."
A deep dive into the world of the Mexican drug cartels and their unexpected relationship with quarter horse breeding and racing in the southwestern United States. 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 >