Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

OBAMA by Brian Abrams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An entertaining, enlightening look at an administration that was never dull."
An oral biography of the Barack Obama administration, culled from interviews conducted between May 2016 and October 2017. Read full book review >
EMPRESS by Ruby Lal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"A page-turning, eye-opening biography that shatters our impressions of India as established by the British Raj."
Lal (South Asian History/Emory Univ.; Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness, 2013, etc.) shines a light on Nur Jahan (1577-1645), who ruled as co-sovereign in the Mughal court, taking her husband's place without actually usurping him. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A charming look at a cherished American show."
A cartoon pioneer walks us down his Memory Lane. Read full book review >
ANGELS ALWAYS COME ON TIME by Chaim  Linder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2017

"An engrossing and important look at the Jewish experience of the last century and a half."
An American immigrant explores the sprawling history of the Jewish people, from Poland to Jerusalem and the New World, through the struggles of generations of his family. Read full book review >
640 ACRES AND DIRT POOR by Janet Godwin  Meyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"While it requires patience to read, this account delivers an informative, poignant, and frequently jubilant tribute to the power of a family's love."
A debut family biography and memoir, presented through three narrative voices, depicts life on the Alabama-Georgia border from 1885 to 1964. Read full book review >

HELLO, MY SWEETHEART by Sigrid  Gassner-Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An uneven story of love complicated by illness."
Gassner-Roberts' debut memoir recalls a university career and years spent caring for a disabled spouse. Read full book review >
LUSH by Kerry Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"An intimate and unsparing book of self-reflection."
A therapist and writer reflects on how alcoholism unexpectedly overtook her at midlife. Read full book review >
RISING IN FLAMES by J.D. Dickey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A readable blend of military and political history; though not in the first rank of recent Civil War studies, a valuable addition to the literature."
A study in unintended consequences as a reactionary Civil War commander unleashed a series of progressive forces. Read full book review >
FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL by Beck Dorey-Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"Gossipy books can be fun; if only this one had been better written."
Politics and romance among Barack Obama's staffers. Read full book review >
THE COST OF LIVING by Deborah Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An elegant, candid meditation on the fraught journey to self-knowledge."
After divorce and her mother's death, a writer struggles to redefine herself. Read full book review >
THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS by Claudia Renton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2018

"A sparkling family portrait and riveting history."
An elite family faces a vastly changing nation. Read full book review >
JELL-O GIRLS by Allie Rowbottom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"A book brimming with intelligence and compassion."
Rowbottom chronicles her relationship to a legendary American food brand and the dark underside of its history. 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 >