Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

WHY I'M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni  Eddo-Lodge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A sharp, compelling, and impassioned book."
A London-based journalist offers her perspective on race in Britain in the early 21st century. Read full book review >
THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE by Daniel Ellsberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Especially timely given the recent saber-rattling not from Russia but North Korea and given the apparent proliferation of nuclear abilities among other small powers."
Noted gadfly Ellsberg (Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, 2002) returns with a sobering look at our nuclear capabilities and the likelihood that they'll one day end in tears. Read full book review >

GODDESS OF ANARCHY by Jacqueline Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Comprehensive and fair, though a little more warmth toward Parsons would have made the book more engaging."
Tough-minded biography of a fiery revolutionary whose activism spanned the decades from Reconstruction to the New Deal. Read full book review >
SILENCE by Erling  Kagge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An eloquent and persuasive argument for the significance of silence, in all of its forms, from an author who has explored the limits of the human experience."
A slender investigation into the idea of silence and its importance to those who dwell in the ceaseless noise of the modern world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Many readers will agree that we are currently living in 'demented times,' and Sigmund adeptly lays out a history that has great relevance for today."
The course of Western philosophy was profoundly altered by the work of a small band of Vienna intellectuals a century ago. Sigmund (Emeritus, Mathematics/Univ. of Vienna; Games of Life: Explorations in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 2017, etc.) tells their story. Read full book review >

PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED by Gerrick D. Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An apt consideration of a raunchy yet vital cultural moment."
An entertaining account of the rise and influence of pioneering "gangsta rap" act Niggaz with Attitude, aka N.W.A. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN'S EROICA by James Hamilton-Paterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A valuable guide to one of the most remarkable works of a musical giant whose undeniable genius continues to resonate centuries after his death."
Novelist and nonfiction author Hamilton-Paterson (Blackbird: The Story of the Lockheed SR-71 Spy Plane, 2017, etc.) delves into the cultural and historical impact of Beethoven's groundbreaking third symphony, the "Eroica." Read full book review >
DIVERSIFYING DIPLOMACY by Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"An informative, behind-the-scenes look at one black woman's rise through the ranks of the Foreign Service when few others like her were serving as diplomats."
How a young black woman from Boston rose to a long, distinguished career in foreign service. Read full book review >
A VILLAGE WITH MY NAME by Scott  Tong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A solid exploration of China past and present in which the author climbs 'a punishing mountain of history with [his] intergenerational team.'"
In his first book, Marketplace correspondent Tong offers a unique look into the lives of his Chinese relatives since the communist takeover in 1949. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO MADE THE MOVIES by Vanda  Krefft
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"An insightful and solidly documented though often ponderous history of the early days of cinema—of primary interest to film scholars."
A biography of the silent film-era producer and theater entrepreneur whose name lives on through the major studio he founded. Read full book review >
1917 by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Mixing both real events and a few moments of speculation, a fine account of a climacteric year."
Dual biography of two men who stand in this account as avatars of worldwide change in a critical historical moment. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE FIRES by Caroline Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A vivid portrait of frontier life and one of its most ardent celebrants."
A sensitive biography of the author of Little House on the Prairie. 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 >