Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

THREE DAYS IN MOSCOW by Bret Baier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Popular history in a triumphant mode, of interest largely to Reagan partisans."
Fox News anchor Baier (Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission, 2017, etc.) makes a cheerful case for Ronald Reagan's single-handedly talking the Soviets out of being communists. Read full book review >
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"In this solidly reported and much-anticipated book, Itzkoff delivers a revealing portrait of the motivations of a quiet comic genius whose explosive persona moved millions."
A New York Times culture reporter uses both straight reporting and insightful analysis in the first major biography of Robin Williams (1951-2014). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A worthy memoir of dark times, full of practical lessons for resistance and community organizing today."
A Holocaust survivor recounts life lessons of use to the latter-day downtrodden. Read full book review >
WHEN THE CENTER HELD by Donald Rumsfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A few flaws aside, this is an engrossing and informative tribute to a man whom Jimmy Carter rightfully thanked in his inaugural address 'for all he has done to heal our land.'"
A memoir of the presidency of Gerald Ford (1913-2006) as seen from the point of view of Ford's chief of staff and secretary of defense. Read full book review >
LAST TRIP HOME by Wanda Maureen  Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"An emotionally astute account of the oppressive confines of an unhappy family life."
In this novelistic memoir, a woman chronicles her anguish under her father's tyranny and her escape through education. Read full book review >

THE TRAIL TO TINCUP by Joyce Lynette  Hocker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"An inspiring and moving account of a caring family."
A former communications professor and clinical psychologist takes readers on a journey of death, grief, and acceptance in this memoir. Read full book review >
THE FEARS OF THE RICH, THE NEEDS OF THE POOR by William H. Foege
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2018

"A straightforward, informative chronicle of the CDC and one of its most dedicated, prominent officials."
Wisdom gleaned throughout the career of the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An affectionate portrait of an eminent musician who was driven by demons."
A gossip-filled memoir of life with a musical superstar. Read full book review >
FREE WOMAN by Lara Feigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A graceful, absorbing meditation on two lives."
A writer discovers herself as she searches to understand Doris Lessing (1919-2013). Read full book review >
AGAINST MEMOIR by Michelle Tea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entrancing collection of irreverent and flamboyant essays."
A collection of essays that defies genre and gender. Read full book review >
ATTICUS FINCH by Joseph Crespino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An informed look at Southern history refracted through the lens of fiction."
The creation and evolution of a fictional character serves as a mirror of racial politics. Read full book review >
TYRANT by Stephen Greenblatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An incisive and instructive study of personality politics and the abuse of power—topical literary criticism with classical virtues."
A leading scholar invokes the Bard of Avon to investigate why anyone would "be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth." 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 >