Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Entertaining if sometimes mean-spirited and full of valuable lessons in how—and sometimes how not—to run a magazine."
Princess Diana, Donald Trump, Nancy Reagan, and other newsy icons come in for critical assessment by a sharp-tongued London transplant who remade two leading magazines. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Capably written and argued, though only the future will tell whether the elegy for the Republican establishment is premature."
A thoughtful political biography of two dynasts of a now-receding generation of politicians. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2017

"A good-natured, thoughtful, and often comic joyride, well worth reading before listing your new year's resolutions."
An earnest scholarly effort devolves into a funny, sometimes-sardonic tour of the possibilities of changing your life—or not. Read full book review >
UNLOCKING THE CAGE by Mark Tullius
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2017

"A sometimes-engaging but scattershot book that's part memoir, part journalism, and part inspirational self-help."
Novelist Tullius (Somber Stroll, 2017, etc.) shifts his focus from fiction to memoir in this exploration of mixed martial arts fighters and their motivations. Read full book review >
THE WINE LOVER'S DAUGHTER by Anne Fadiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Reading this daughter's graceful, often melodious billet-doux to her father is not unlike imbibing several equally felicitous glasses of wine, their salutary effects leaving one pleasantly sated."
Fadiman (At Large and at Small: Confessions of a Literary Hedonist, 2008, etc.) decants a harmonious blend of biography, wine lore, and memoir in this account of a literary daughter's relationship with her celebrated literary father. Read full book review >

THE MAYFLOWER by Rebecca Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The story of the Winslows is an effective way to experience the emotions and fears of the small band who dauntlessly sailed off to the New World."
Fraser (The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present, 2005, etc.) personalizes the legend of the Pilgrims by focusing on Edward Winslow and family and their voyage from England to Holland to Plymouth. Read full book review >
IT'S ALL RELATIVE by A.J. Jacobs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A delightful, easy-to-read, informative book."
The bestselling immersion journalist embarks on a world-spanning journey of family and genealogy. Read full book review >
LIFESAVING FOR BEGINNERS by Anne  Edelstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A poignantly candid memoir about navigating the often rocky shores of family."
A former editor and literary agent tells the story of how her mother's unexpected death forced her to come to terms with a tragic family past. Read full book review >
MONTAIGNE IN BARN BOOTS by Michael Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Readers will learn plenty about Montaigne and more about Perry."
The essays of Montaigne spark midlife reflection by the rural Wisconsin-based author. Read full book review >
THE BUGHOUSE by Daniel  Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A shrewd, circumspect literary biography."
A sensitive investigation into the enigmatic, prodigious mind of poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972). Read full book review >
THE DAWN WATCH by Maya Jasanoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An insightful perspective on Conrad's life and turbulent times."
An absorbing biography melds history and literary analysis. Read full book review >
MEAN by Myriam  Gurba
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"With its icy wit, edgy wedding of lyricism and prose, and unflinching look at personal and public demons, Gurba's introspective memoir is brave and significant."
A gritty memoir exploring gender politics and growing up mixed-race Chicana. 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 >