Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

TO LOSE THE MADNESS by L.M.  Browning
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A laconic, beautiful, and deeply insightful account about coping with loss."
A memoir explores creativity, friendship, and lifelong trauma. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY by Stuart Kells
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Readers familiar with St. Gall, Poggio, Count Libri, and other such significant figures in the history of manuscripts may look to more specialist accounts, but budding book enthusiasts will find this an engaging bedside read."
A bright, idiosyncratic tour of a book historian's collected knowledge about libraries and bibliophilia. Read full book review >

HADRIAN'S WALL by Adrian Goldsworthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Readers will learn perhaps more about the wall's engineering than they want to know, but this is an appealing, detailed history of the largest monument left by the Roman Empire."
A slim, tight history of a Roman fortification that "is special because it is unlike any other Roman frontier." Read full book review >
THE ART OF READING by Damon Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"While Young's latest may be the essence of bookish preoccupation, it is a worthy challenge to read bravely, to regard deeply, and to weigh ideas with discernment and generosity."
A philosopher and ardent bibliophile assesses desirable qualities—curiosity, patience, pride, courage, temperance, justice—applied to the reading and comprehension of literature, powers the attentive reader can learn to wield. Read full book review >
THE CHINA MISSION by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"The definitive history of a failure from which the U.S. seemingly learned nothing (civil war in Vietnam was already heating up)."
A comprehensive history of one of the United States government's greatest diplomatic failures, presided over by one of the country's greatest diplomats. Read full book review >

AIR TRAFFIC by Gregory Pardlo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing memoir of history and memory."
A celebrated poet shares the stories that defined him. Read full book review >
SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT by J. Brooks Flippen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing history that sheds light on our own fractious times."
A revealing biography of a complex, contradictory political leader. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An instructive book that attempts to extend the message of brotherhood and compassion that has been forged from tragedy."
Tragedy opens a dialogue between a former white supremacist and an Indian immigrant whose father was killed in a massacre at a Wisconsin Sikh temple. Read full book review >
THE PLANT MESSIAH by Carlos Magdalena
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Magdalena's excitement about plants and their propagation is contagious, and even those lacking green thumbs should be fascinated by his travels and adventures in science."
The Tropical Senior Botanical Horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, records with enthusiasm his attempts to rescue as many plants as possible from extinction. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT HELPED by Jessica Friedmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Well-rendered essays that make readers think and feel deeply."
A writer with a history of depression and anxiety plunges deeper into the abyss following the birth of her son. Read full book review >
YOU ALL GROW UP AND LEAVE ME by Piper Weiss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A bristling, harrowing journey into the life of a stalker and his unsuspecting victims."
A woman who grew up under the tutelage of a predatory child molester shares her story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A fervent, anecdotal memoir infused with heart, compassion, and a natural love for animals on every page."
Affecting dispatches from the life of an animal doctor. 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 >