Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"An insightful examination of a little-known culture."
Journalist Clark's carefully researched and often dramatic first book follows the residents of a small village on a remote Indonesian island as they engage in the tradition of hunting whales and adjust to the incursions of the outside world. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD'S EVE by Lili Anolik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Come for the LA intrigue; stay for the surprising moral of the story."
Hero worship meets compelling biography in Vanity Fair contributing editor Anolik's (Dark Rooms, 2015) nonfiction debut. Read full book review >

HENRY VIII by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Henry eventually assumed control of his realm, but it was too little, too late. Tudor fans will enjoy this outside-in biography as a different view of a complicated monarch."
Bringing to light the dangers of life in the service of Henry VIII. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"The human confrontation with death—stark and painful and often inspiring."
Yip-Williams chronicles her medical and psychological struggles with the metastatic colon cancer that killed her in March 2018; she was 42. Read full book review >
SHORTEST WAY HOME by Pete Buttigieg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"For the moment, a valuable rejoinder to like-minded books by Daniel Kemmis, Mitch Landrieu, and other progressive city-scale CEOs."
The young mayor of South Bend, Indiana, now in his second term, explains what mayors do and offers ideas for the country as a whole. Read full book review >

HITLER'S PAWN by Stephen Koch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A footnote but one that will appeal to careful readers of modern European history."
A blink-of-the-eye episode in the history of the Third Reich sets the events of Kristallnacht in motion, anticipating the years of terror that followed. Read full book review >
WE ARE DISPLACED by Malala Yousafzai
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A poignant, fascinating, and relevant read. (author's note, background information, biographies) (Nonfiction. 13-adult)"
In this uplifting work Yousafzai shares the survival stories of female refugees from around the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"An important document of the struggles (and triumphs) faced by African-American journalists from the 1960s until today."
Affecting memoir by an African-American journalism pioneer focused on racial and gender equality. Read full book review >
AN INDEFINITE SENTENCE by Siddharth Dube
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A gripping memoir about a gay man with feet in India and the U.S. as well as a book about how to put together a life."
A public health visionary gets personal with a powerful exploration of "the beguiling possibilities of gender beyond the conventional bipolarity of male and female, and the mysterious, limitless permutations of sexual desire." Read full book review >
QUEEN VICTORIA by Lucy Worsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"An utterly enjoyable account of Victoria's familial relationships."
The Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces in England shares her unique access to the quotidian history of English royals to treat us to another delightful story from the inside. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE WORLD by Robert Hardman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"A respectful and thoughtfully documented history of the British monarch but not the definitive biography one might hope for."
A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926) that highlights her many accomplishments. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2019

"A narrowly focused book that reads smoothly, chronicling a newspaper's dedication to doing 'its job: tell readers about shocking crimes in their own backyard.'"
A retired journalist from the Riverside (California) Press-Enterprise recounts his publication's unlikely crusade to open court proceedings to the public; two appeals reached the U.S. Supreme Court. 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 >