Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

ORIANA FALLACI by Cristina De Stefano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Fallaci left an enormous body of work, both journalism and fiction, and the future may demand a more definitive assessment of a long and productive career. But for now, this is a superb introduction to the life of an irreplaceable figure."
The great Italian writer gets her due in this short but captivating biography. Read full book review >
RECKLESS DAUGHTER by David Yaffe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Mitchell deserves more musically sophisticated treatment, though this is serviceable enough as a straight fan-notes homage. Readers wanting to go deeper into the art would do better to start with Malka Marom's Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words (2014)."
A new biography of the luminous folk singer and musical icon. Read full book review >

WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE WINE by Gabrielle  Union
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Personal, reflective moments that reveal various aspects of an actress and activist's life."
A black actress and activist chronicles her life story and speaks out about issues important to her. Read full book review >
SUZANNE'S CHILDREN by Anne Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A page-turning account of the courageous actions of a woman recognized in 1985 by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations."
Resurrected from obscurity, the life of a remarkable Brussels-born woman who used her prominent status in Nazi-occupied Paris to shelter orphaned Jewish children. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF SYLVIA PLATH VOLUME 1 by Sylvia Plath
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A literary milestone: essential to any student of Plath's work and, by extension, of modern literature."
A monumental gathering, in the first of two volumes, of the scattered correspondence of the now iconic—and canonical—poet and novelist. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In deftly capturing an 'epochal moment when medicine and science merged,' the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change."
Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. Read full book review >
TRUMP IS F*CKING CRAZY by Keith  Olbermann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Unrelenting invective for Trump haters, who will love it; Trump lovers won't read it."
A veteran liberal journalist excoriates Donald Trump in a collection of commentaries from the Resistance, his web series hosted by GQ. Read full book review >
LEONARDO DA VINCI by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes."
A majestic biography of "history's most creative genius." Read full book review >
OUR GRAND FINALE by Laraine   Denny Burrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Relates a curious and complex life story but lacks the emotional depth to support the opening premise."
A debut memoir examines a web of family relationships and guilt over missed opportunities. Read full book review >
SCHLESINGER by Richard Aldous
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A solid, well-researched life of one of America's 'finest narrative historians.'"
An admiring portrait of a historian who made history. Read full book review >
THE GOURMANDS' WAY by Justin Spring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A literary meal both luscious and lively—and essential to understanding our vacillating love affair with the French."
A thoroughly researched account of how Americans fell in and out of love with French cuisine and cooking. Read full book review >
HIRSCHFELD by Ellen Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"As the first substantive biography of Hirschfeld, this will be welcomed by art and Broadway lovers alike."
An in-depth biography of America's "line king" caricaturist. 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 >