Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

SHARKBAIT by Guy Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2017

"Heavy on the technical details but rich with vividly recalled episodes of aerial warfare."
A thorough memoir of a flight surgeon's adrenaline-filled experiences in the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
DRIVE ME WILD by Christina Nealson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 3, 2012

"A soulful account of Western vistas and New-Age mantras."
American travel writer Nealson (New Mexico's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places, 2014, etc.) shares her tales of life on the road in North America and Mexico. Read full book review >

FISH STORIES BY A SCIENTIFIC NOBODY by Mimi Gerstell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2016

"This book's complexity may drive some readers away, but its 'in the trenches' view of science and academia should be examined."
A debut memoir recounts the experiences, conclusions, opinions, and connections the author developed during the time she spent pursuing a career in the sciences. Read full book review >
NAKED MOUNTAIN by Marcia Mabee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An honest depiction of a courageous, difficult journey."
Mabee debuts with a touching memoir about a 21-year marriage that began with a most unusual purchase—a mountain in Albemarle County, Virginia. Read full book review >
A WHIFF OF PENNYROYAL by Karilyn Rust
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A sometimes-slow tale of remarkable perseverance and devotion that elicits anger and admiration."
Written by Patti Rust in the late 1970s, and recently edited and rewritten by her daughter-in-law, Karilyn Rust, this debut memoir recounts the passionate love story of two damaged souls—one emotionally crippled by circumstance, the other plagued by mental illness. Read full book review >

ASTONISHMENTS by Marian Armstrong Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2015

"An account that eloquently shows the author's resilience through heartbreaks."
In this debut memoir presented as a short story cycle, a woman looks back on her life and how she found moments of grace amid many trials. Read full book review >
STUMBLING TOWARD VICTORY by Corey D. King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2016

"A plainspoken account that will appeal to anyone who's interested in the experience of living with Parkinson's disease."
King (Walking the Crooked Path, 2014) blends pragmatic realism, Christian faith, and an irrepressible sense of humor in his second motivational memoir.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2013

"An impressive memoir with something for everyone: history and government, love and marriage, life and death."
A debut book provides an insider's account of the Secret Service with the bonus of a spouse's perspective. Read full book review >
THE GREAT NADAR by Adam Begley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Begley capably brings to life the lost Parisian world where Nadar held court. His outsized personality dominates this enjoyable and amply illustrated volume."
A lively portrait of a photography pioneer who altered the cultural landscape of 19th-century France. Read full book review >
COMING OF AGE by Deborah Beatriz  Blum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A minor effort for readers interested in learning more about Mead's early life."
Blum (Bad Karma: A True Story of Obsession and Murder, 1986) reconstructs the five-year period of Margaret Mead's life leading up to and including her transformative trip to Samoa in 1925. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A CARTEL HIT MAN by Martin  Corona
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"An unusual, self-aggrandizing, ground-level look at the dangerous milieu of Mexican cartels."
Account of a reformed gangster's employment with the Arrelano-Felix Brothers drug cartel. Read full book review >
EQUIPMENT FOR LIVING by Michael Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"Robbins prefers his equipment for living abstract, but he can definitely take it straight, a point the book's concluding Basho-to-Beyoncé and Beyond playlist makes abundantly clear."
Are Wallace Stevens and Bob Dylan permanently at odds, or do they have something in common? 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 >