Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

PATRIOT OR TRAITOR by Anna Beer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A penetrating, spirited recounting of a courtier's roiling life and times."
A new biography of Sir Walter Ralegh (c. 1554-1618), a handsome, wily, politically astute, and powerful figure in Elizabethan England. Read full book review >
AMERICAN OVERDOSE by Chris McGreal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A well-rendered, harrowing book about dire circumstances."
A deftly researched account of America's opioid epidemic. Read full book review >

DARE TO CREATE by Monroe  Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2018

"A strikingly illustrated work with seasoned advice for budding artists."
An artist shares insights into how to create better paintings. Read full book review >
GUYS LIKE ME by Michael A. Messner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2018

"Though anecdotal and with a small sample set, Messner's narrative points the way for other activists seeking to build popular opposition movements."
Portraits of warriors seeking peace. Read full book review >
ANTHONY POWELL by Hilary Spurling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2018

"Affectionate and intimate, this hefty biography should help Powell find new readers."
An authorized biography of the prolific and underappreciated English writer. Read full book review >

WITNESS by Ariel Burger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An insightful and winsome love letter—and, for newcomers to Wiesel, a good introduction."
Life lessons from Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), as recounted by his longtime student. Read full book review >
WELCOME HOME by Lucia Berlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An excellent start to understanding a writer and her work."
Tantalizing glimpses into the life of a recently-discovered writer. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE AGITATOR by Adam Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An illuminating if sometimes-flat study of both a man and a decadeslong civil rights struggle."
A biography of a lesser-known but influential leader in the civil rights movement and his central role in one of its most violent events. Read full book review >
WHY RELIGION? by Elaine Pagels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A meaningful tale of pain and hope on the edges of faith."
A famed religious scholar's poignant life story. Read full book review >
GOTHAM GIRL INTERRUPTED by Alisa Kennedy Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Like a candid conversation with an amusing friend, this is a surprisingly funny look at a clinically humorless disorder."
Through humor and horror, a blogger, copywriter, and screenwriter pulls back the curtain on the uncertain world of an epileptic. Read full book review >
THE GRANDMASTER by Brin-Jonathan Butler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An entertaining book that contains everything you never imagined you wanted to know about chess."
A championship chess match and more, as Butler (The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba, 2015, etc.) illuminates the possibilities and limitations of commodifying a game that has been an obsession for so many for so long. Read full book review >
IN EXTREMIS by Lindsey Hilsum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A rip-roaring life rendered extremely well."
British journalist Hilsum (Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution, 2012) builds on her personal experiences with reporting from war zones to relate the death-defying professional wanderings of Marie Colvin (1956-2012). 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 >