Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

THE UNTOLD JOURNEY by Natalie Robins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"An intriguing, occasionally overly detailed portrait of the life and times of the Trillings and the liberal circles of which they were a part."
The life and times of Diana Trilling (1905-1996), the wife and collaborator of celebrated literary critic Lionel Trilling and an important opinion-shaper in her own right. Read full book review >
LOVE, AFRICA by Jeffrey  Gettleman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A stark, eye-opening, and sometimes-horrifying portrait by a reporter enthralled by the 'power and magic' of Africa."
A passionate debut memoir bears witness to political turmoil. Read full book review >

OTIS REDDING by Jonathan Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Better late than never, the soul master receives his considerable due in this superbly researched and written biography."
A music biography with the depth to do its subject justice. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A grieving family ultimately finds closure in this meticulously researched and compelling history."
The plight of three brothers and their mother during one of the most shameful episodes of World War II. Read full book review >
STING LIKE A BEE by Leigh Montville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A dramatic, pleasing tale of a sports iconoclast fighting for his rights during tumultuous times."
Fast-paced account of Muhammad Ali's struggle as a conscientious draft objector, a flashpoint for a tumultuous era. Read full book review >

ON EDGE by Andrea Petersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Sensitive and frank personal views on anxiety backed by substantial research and analysis of the evolution of treatment methods and drugs to alleviate symptoms."
Anxiety and panic attacks plague a woman's life. Read full book review >
COACH WOODEN AND ME by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A pleasant expression of deep appreciation for a man who changed the author's life by enriching it."
One of the greatest basketball players in history reflects on one of the greatest coaches in history. Read full book review >
THE FLIGHT by Dan Hampton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A celebration of a heroic feat sure to interest fans of aviation history."
A historic flight recounted in vivid detail. Read full book review >
THE INHERITANCE OF SHAME by Peter Gajdics
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Raw and unflinching: a powerful argument against conversion therapy as well as for the healing power of memoir."
The author exposes the wounds of his youth and how the therapy he sought out to heal them caused even graver harm. Read full book review >
ARE YOU ANYBODY? by Jeffrey Tambor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Sure, parts of the book are schmaltzy, but that doesn't make the author's advice, or his story, any less compelling."
Debut memoir from the acclaimed screen and stage actor. Read full book review >
SHE CAME FROM AFAR by Courtney B. Lindberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2017

"An edifying look at adoption, parenting, and faith."
An American mother recalls the arduous process of adopting a child from Ethiopia. Read full book review >
LOVE AND TROUBLE by Claire Dederer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2017

"Insightful, provocative, and fearlessly frank, Dederer seduces readers with her warmth, wit, and wisdom."
A fierce new memoir from the essayist and longtime New York Times contributor. 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 >