Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 2)

SPIRITUAL AUDACITY by Jim Sherblom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An often engaging, if sometimes overly complex, remembrance."
A debut spiritual memoir by a prominent businessman and Unitarian Universalist minister. Read full book review >
LESSONS IN HOPE by George Weigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A page-turner for fans of John Paul II, devotees of papal history, or those who simply enjoy a good and literate personal story."
The story behind the defining biography of John Paul II (1920-2005). Read full book review >

QUEENS OF THE CONQUEST by Alison Weir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Another sound feminist resurrection by a seasoned historian."
Though Norman queens were largely unknowable, leave it to this prolific historical biographer to bring them to life. Read full book review >
BIRDING WITHOUT BORDERS by Noah Strycker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Colorful but unassuming—and unexpected—lessons for living life fully, presented from a birder's-eye view."
Discovering the universal nature of humanity's kindness while pursuing a birding world record. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fans of true crime and readers curious about the inner workings of Mexican drug cartels should enjoy this well-researched story. Though different in execution, this book pairs nicely with Joe Tone's Bones, which covers the same subject."
Two FBI agents work to take down members of a drug cartel wrapped up with quarter horse racing in Texas. Read full book review >

OUT OF THE SHADOW OF A GIANT by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There is no chance that the authors will knock Newton off his pedestal, but they present a well-documented argument that he owed more to the ideas of others than he admitted."
The story of Robert Hooke (1635-1703) and Edmond Halley (1656-1742) and an exploration of "how science might have developed if Isaac Newton had never lived." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Thoughtful and thoroughly well-told—just the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully."
Blood is thicker than water, but friendship is perhaps thickest of all, particularly when it acts as a poultice for seemingly unhealable wounds. Read full book review >
HANK AND JIM by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An entertaining, richly documented biography that will be appreciated by film and theater scholars as well as fans of these memorable actors."
A dual biography tracing the careers and 50-year friendship of two iconic American actors. Read full book review >
ADDERALL BLUES by Brian J. Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 2017

"An astute, if sometimes-undisciplined, remembrance."
A personal memoir recounts a young man's battle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as the drugs he used to tame it. Read full book review >
MOTHERHOOD MARTYRDOM & COSTCO RUNS by Whitney Dineen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2017

"A breezy collection of tell-all stories about the trials of raising children that can feel dashed off but often hits its humorous marks."
In 30 vignettes, the author relates her wacky experiences raising two young daughters. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A worthwhile and understated conclusion closes an unremarkable Reformation history."
To understand our modern world, one must understand the Reformation. Read full book review >
IN SHOCK by Rana  Awdish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A sobering, well-rendered reality check on the desperate need for advanced training on compassion-centric modes of patient care."
A physician learns firsthand about the adverse aspects of the patient experience through her own catastrophic illness. 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 >