Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

QUITE MAD by Sarah Fawn Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2018

"While some readers may view this account as too raw and self-obsessive, it stands as a vivid depiction of mental illness."
A wrenching account of a difficult upbringing and a chaotic brain that will leave readers marveling at the author's endurance. Read full book review >
THE FINCH IN MY BRAIN by Martino Sclavi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Uniquely memorable and poignantly surreal."
A film producer and screenwriter's account of how he survived both stage-four brain cancer and surgery that rendered him unable to read. Read full book review >

NOT QUITE NOT WHITE by Sharmila Sen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Insightful, relevant reading for these times."
A former Harvard professor ruminates on race in America from her perspective as a Southeast Asian woman. Read full book review >
TIGERBELLE by Wyomia Tyus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An inspirational story that deserves to be told."
A half-century after her triumph, a record-setting Olympic champion receives her due. Read full book review >
KAFKA'S LAST TRIAL by Benjamin Balint
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A fascinating tale of literary friendship, loyalty, political power, and feckless law."
The Kafkaesque story of who owns Franz Kafka's manuscripts. Read full book review >

HELP! by Thomas Brothers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A fresh blend of scholarly musical analysis and provocative ideas about creativity and how composers create great art."
A convincing case that some of the greatest music in history was not the work of one brilliant mind but rather a result of the commingling of ideas that happens when two complementary artists team up. Read full book review >
NINETY-NINE GLIMPSES OF PRINCESS MARGARET by Craig Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An endlessly provocative and deliciously scandalous book for royal watchers."
Sensationalistic snippets from the life of a royal princess. Read full book review >
A SONG FOR THE RIVER by Philip Connors
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A heartfelt, well-written volume of vignettes and reflections of a man who—much like his long lineage of fire lookout forebears—gladly chooses to escape civilization for the natural world."
A veteran fire lookout in the mountains of southern New Mexico ponders life and death in one of North America's oldest wilderness areas. Read full book review >
JUDAS by Astrid Holleeder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A riveting, sensational, unforgettable autobiography."
A sister's incriminating memoir exposing her abusive upbringing and a brother's felonious misdeeds. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An astute, unvarnished account that should stand out from the crowd of pro- and anti-law enforcement books."
An impassioned memoir focused on policing's fraught relationship with communities of color and other marginalized groups. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Mr. Wizard meets Sweet Valley High in a fly-on-the-wall look at some of the future scientists of America."
A year in the lives and experiments of one exceptional high school science class. Read full book review >
KING CON by Paul Willetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"With the rise of identity theft, celebrity worship, and manipulative social media, this sprightly story of a legendary con artist's outrageous successes becomes a cautionary tale for the digital age."
The absorbing tale of a Jazz Age grifter named Edgar Laplante, who posed as an American Indian and gained extravagant wealth and worldwide fame. 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 >