Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

WHERE THE WATER GOES by David Owen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"As Owen amply proves, 'water issues are never only about water.'"
Travels along the endangered Colorado River and its tributaries reveal the challenges of providing water to 36 million people throughout the West. Read full book review >
A LAND WITHOUT BORDERS by Nir Baram
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"From horror to fatigue to indifference, an important look forward and back that provides a grass-roots sense that one state needs to satisfy sovereignty for all."
An honest and troubling snapshot of Israel—both Palestinian and Israeli—that reveals the creeping realization that a two-state solution may no longer be possible. Read full book review >

HOURGLASS by Dani Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A sharply observed and frequently moving memoir of a marriage."
The noted novelist and memoirist reflects on her marriage and the elusive nature of time. Read full book review >
STOLEN GIRLS by Wolfgang Bauer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Not a pleasant read but a vitally important one."
A veteran German journalist documents the stories of female survivors of Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram in their own words and in pictures. Read full book review >
THE LOWELLS OF MASSACHUSETTS by Nina Sankovitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Exhaustive work by a clear admirer and dogged researcher."
A sturdy, busy multibiography of an eminent American family. Read full book review >

THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A vivid, fascinating revisitation of a time and series of episodes fast receding into history even as their forgotten survivors still walk among us."
"Kool-Aid rather than equality is what the rest of the world remembers"—a searing account of what has since become a byword for religious cultism. Read full book review >
SAM SHEPARD by John J. Winters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thorough, admiring work that is nonetheless honest about what the author views as Shepard's late-career decline."
A journalist who has devoted years to Shepard's life and works debuts with a comprehensive account of the life of the prolific playwright, poet, fiction writer, musician, and more. Read full book review >
WITNESS TREE by Lynda V. Mapes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A meticulously, beautifully layered portrayal of vulnerability and loss, renewal and hope, this extensively researched yet deeply personal book is a timely call to bear witness and to act in an age of climate-change denial."
A textured story of a rapidly changing natural world and our relationship to it, told through the lens of one tree over four seasons. Read full book review >
THE WASTING OF BORNEO by Alex Shoumatoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A provocative, multilayered discussion of the imperative of saving our planet's environmental heritage while respecting the aspirations of indigenous people."
An investigation of the ongoing destruction of rain forests in Borneo and the native species that live in them. Read full book review >
A $500 HOUSE IN DETROIT by Drew Philp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A standout in the Detroit rehab genre."
A young man finds joy in a "place they said no one could love." Read full book review >
POST GRAD by Caroline Kitchener
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Candid revelations that fail to inspire much empathy."
Five women face emptiness and stress after they leave college. Read full book review >
THE ICON HUNTER by Tasoula Hadjitofi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"An intimate trek into the venal world of art looting and selling."
A Greek Cypriot refugee in the Netherlands chronicles her fierce determination to return stolen artifacts to her country through years of dangerous underworld operations. 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 >