Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"A palpable, engrossing portrait of three extraordinary women and their tempestuous, fragile world."
A captivating triple biography reveals the women who inspired Marcel Proust's Duchesse de Guermantes. Read full book review >
TO THROW AWAY UNOPENED by Viv Albertine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Not the cultural resource that her first memoir was, but still as brave and engaging in the writing."
In her second memoir, the influential rocker addresses life after punk. Read full book review >

WHEN EINSTEIN WALKED WITH GÖDEL by Jim Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Prepare to be wined, dined, and entertained by quantum mechanics, group theory, topology, the infinitesimal, the infinitely small, and the string theory generation, among other topics."
A collection of incisive essays that make learning about science fun. Read full book review >
WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY by Franchesca Ramsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An admirable exploration of the rapidly morphing boundaries of social mores and online outrage; the author helpfully points the way toward better communication."
The host of MTV's web series Decoded chronicles her difficulties navigating the early days of social media and her evolution as an advocate for social justice. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A detailed yet hardly groundbreaking rendering of a significant moment in political history."
A focused history of the period between Election Day 1960 and Inauguration Day 1961. Read full book review >

KINGS OF THE YUKON by Adam Weymouth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"In this timely story 'of relationships, of the symbiosis of people and fish, of the imprint that one leaves on the other,' Weymouth keeps the pages turning to the very end."
An analysis of the long history and perilous future of king salmon as well as an assessment of how the fish's vitality directly correlates to that of Alaska as a whole. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S EMBROIDERER by Joan DeJean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Of interest for students of French history or the history of finance, if they can tie it all together."
The tale of two 17th- and 18th-century French families, a story that begins as a fairy tale and ends as a nightmare. Read full book review >
OUR STORY by Rao Pingru
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A graceful, gently told narrative of contentment and resilience."
A graphic memoir recounts a quiet life amid cultural upheaval. Read full book review >
BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES by Allison Pataki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A flawed but heartfelt account of dedication and devotion."
A bestselling historical novelist's account of how she survived the harrowing year following her young husband's unexpected stroke. Read full book review >
CALYPSO by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"Sedaris at his darkest—and his best."
In which the veteran humorist enters middle age with fine snark but some trepidation as well. Read full book review >
THE BURNING SHORES by Frederic Wehrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Essential reading for anyone interested in the facts of the Benghazi attacks and in the future of a definitively troubled region."
A searing tale of violence, chaos, and unintended consequences in post-Gadhafi Libya. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN PRINCESS by Annejet van der Zijl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A concise, thoughtful, and well-researched biography."
A distinguished Dutch biographer's account of the life of Allene Tew (1872-1955), who rose from middle-class obscurity to become one of America's first socialites. 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 >