Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

CHE by Jon Lee Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A valiant effort and a visual triumph, though the necessary abridgment compromises the depth."
The adaptation of an epic biography into a graphic volume underscores both the reach and the limitations of the graphic format. Read full book review >
THANKS A THOUSAND by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Thanks to the miracle of caffeine, the author delivers a stirring, nonpreachy sermon on gratitude."
A cup of coffee is worth a thousand "thank you's" in the author's experiment in gratitude. Read full book review >

CRAVE by Christine O'Brien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A book that makes the topic of hunger entirely satisfying."
Hunger takes on new meaning in O'Brien's memoir about love, longing, and an ever growling stomach. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Not Groom at his best but certainly serviceable for readers without much background in the history of the era."
Novelist and historian Groom (El Paso, 2016, etc.) recounts the origins and fortunes of the grand alliance forged to battle the Axis powers in World War II. Read full book review >
SICILIAN SPLENDORS by John Keahey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Keahey provides a solid argument for seeing Sicily not for its stereotypes but for its surprising hospitality."
A vivid Sicilian travelogue from an experienced traveler. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Good, timely history for the #MeToo moment."
Journalist Miller (Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church, 2014) unearths a juicy 19th-century sex scandal. Read full book review >
THE SAVAGE FRONTIER by Matthew Carr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A vivid, deeply informed travelogue."
A storied mountain range reflects its tumultuous history. Read full book review >
INSOMNIA by Marina Benjamin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A vivid portrayal of wakefulness that will strike a chord of recognition in many readers."
A writer who can't sleep muses on the human craving for oblivion. Read full book review >
SEDUCTION by Karina Longworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A lively—and often sordid—Hollywood history."
A history that shows clearly how powerful men exploited actresses long before the #MeToo movement began. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING LOST IS FOUND AGAIN by Will McGrath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A warmly humane memoir."
An award-winning nonfiction writer's account of the memorable year he spent living in the South African kingdom of Lesotho. Read full book review >
THE FIRST SOLDIER by Stephen G. Fritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"An expert account of Nazi war strategy that concludes that Hitler was not without military talent."
Not a biography but a readable scholarly overview of how Hitler managed Germany's armed forces. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Paced like a fine piece of fiction, this is a handsomely written chronicle of an interesting mob character."
A definitive rags-to-riches biography of Al Capone's "Man in Hollywood," Johnny Rosselli (1905-1976). 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 >