Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2017

"A vividly drawn, episodic account that traces the author's life in prose and poetry, from his family roots to his vigorous later years."
In this collection of poems and autobiographical sketches, a man explores the tenderness, humor, triumphs, and disappointments of both youth and old age. Read full book review >
GYNECOLOGIST REFLECTIONS by Robert  A. Siegel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2017

"Emotionally affecting and earnest, although the philosophical moments falter."
In this debut memoir, a gynecologist contemplates the patients that defined his career. Read full book review >

NAKED IN PUBLIC by Staci Sprout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2015

"An informative look at what it means to overcome addiction."
One woman's long journey out of sex addiction, among other struggles. Read full book review >
THE SURGEON'S KNOT by Rajendra Shirahatti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A charming, well-crafted memoir of an Indian doctor."
Shirahatti recounts tales from his career as a Mumbai, India-based surgeon in the mid-1970s in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
THE BELGRADE FIVE by Vladimir Radovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2017

"An atmospheric description of life in Belgrade, notwithstanding a few stylistic failings."
Radovic's (Vuka: Destination Alaska, 2016) memoir tells the story of five boys growing up in mid-20th-century Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

SUMMON THE TIGER by Wendy Sura  Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"An intriguing but uneven account of a remarkable woman triumphing over adversity."
A debut author chronicles a life spent overcoming family and physical problems, from her childhood in Michigan through her retirement from a notable career at General Motors. Read full book review >
ALBERT: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Albert  Borowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An often charming but slight literary artifact, capturing a writer early in his career."
Novelist and true-crime writer Borowitz (Death Play, 2016, etc.) shares an autobiography that he wrote during a precocious adolescence. Read full book review >
FAITH, POWER, JOY by Sheryl A. Stradling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2017

"A highly readable family story that brims with heart and optimism."
A debut multigenerational memoir focuses on the strong women in the author's family tree. Read full book review >
THEY ARE COMING TO AMERICA by Bojan Blagojevic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2017

"An inspiring story of an immigrant achieving his American dream."
In this debut memoir, the author fondly recounts his experiences as a Yugoslavian immigrant in the United States. Read full book review >
WAR POET by Michael  Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2017

"An engagingly written contribution to poetry scholarship, although it could have examined Seeger's contradictions more closely."
This biography tells the life story of American poet Alan Seeger, best known for a poem published after his death in World War I. Read full book review >
WHILE THEY'RE STILL HERE by Patricia Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Both crushing and uplifting; an account nearly as emotional as the caregiver's trials it vividly outlines."
The unexpected responsibilities of being her parents' full-time caregiver bring a dutiful daughter not only heavy burdens, but new revelations about her family as well. Read full book review >
MOTHERS OF SPARTA by Dawn Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Forthright, entertaining essays that portray all the love, struggle, and anguish of being a woman and a mother."
A collection of quirky, funny, sad, and moving short personal essays that compress the author's life into the snippets and moments that shaped who she is today. 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 >