Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

NORTH ON THE WING by Bruce M. Beehler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Slow going for general readers but a valuable source of information for songbird lovers and dedicated bird-watchers."
A nature-memoir homage to Edwin Way Teale's classic North with the Spring (1951), an account of a 17,000-mile journey following the migration of birds from Florida to New England. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A welcome contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement."
A thoughtful historical account of a legal campaign that formed one of the main pillars for Brown v. Board of Education. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A little goes a long way here. Of interest, though, to students of field science as well as devotees of Gorillas in the Mist."
"Who was this woman who could leave behind so many murder suspects?" So asks one-time apprentice Fowler of Dian Fossey, the renowned and supremely difficult primatologist. Read full book review >
SISTER OF DARKNESS by R.H. Stavis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"The otherworldly inclined will enjoy raising their frequencies, connecting with the spirits, and reading this offbeat yarn."
Of gonad-grabbing goblins, hard drive-erasing hauntings, and other such modern emanations from the pit of hell to keep a freelance, decidedly nonsectarian exorcist's appointment book filled. Read full book review >
HALFWAY by Tom Macher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A fresh voice examining addiction and recovery through its sustaining relationships."
A bleak yet affecting memoir about a teenage alcoholic's experience in recovery-oriented halfway houses, focusing on bonds of desperate camaraderie. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"First-person war stories served up by a participant in some of the most dangerous actions of the modern era."
A memoir by a Special Forces soldier whose career spans the period from the Iranian hostage crisis of the early 1980s to the post-9/11 Afghan campaigns. Read full book review >
THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING by Bryan Mealer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A big, eminently readable story, deftly spun even if with few surprises."
A tale of boom and bust—but mostly bust—in the always-beckoning oil fields of Texas. Read full book review >
THE NEW NEGRO by Jeffrey C.  Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A sweeping biography that gets deep into not just the man, but the movements he supported, resisted, and inspired."
A magisterial biography of the 20th-century philosopher, curator, and prime mover of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >
PUBLISHER FOR THE MASSES, EMANUEL HALDEMAN-JULIUS by R. Alton Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"The diction is a little dense at times, but the surprising story will propel readers through even the thickest of it."
The little-known story of the man who, a century ago, made Girard, Kansas, one of the world's publishing capitals. Read full book review >
BROOKLYN IN LOVE by Amy  Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"For those swept along on the author's culinary high, she has thoughtfully listed the many restaurants in New York, Brooklyn, and Paris mentioned in the text. Many readers, however, will find the overload of information too much."
In her second memoir, creative director and writer Thomas (Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate), 2012) chronicles her new life in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Johnson engagingly captures the lives, struggles, and triumphs of five men whose greatness transcended American sports."
How five black men helped to transform UCLA, college and professional sports, and American life. Read full book review >
LILLIAN WALD by Paul Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A fascinating introduction to the 'angel of Henry Street' for a new generation. (preface, acknowledgements, notes, references, suggested reading, index) (Biography. 12-adult)"
Lillian Wald, revered in her lifetime, is little known today. But she was responsible for many of the social and health related programs we take for granted. 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 >