Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

THE WIDOWER'S NOTEBOOK by Jonathan Santlofer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"An expressive and poetic tribute to a wife and a marriage that died without warning."
When his wife dies, a man learns to live with the vacuum of space she's left behind. Read full book review >
GODSPEED by Casey Legler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"A coming-of-age drama captured through poetic prose and convincing honesty."
A modeling industry trailblazer and former Olympic swimmer recounts her troubled girlhood. Read full book review >

IN THE LAND OF GIANTS by Gabi Martínez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"In this self-described 'non-fiction novel,' Martínez weaves an interesting tale, but he takes too many creative risks to satisfy all but the most fervent fans of Middle Eastern and/or Asian culture.
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A story about a yeti-seeking adventurer in the Hindu Kush becomes much more. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"Fittingly, Vincent and Vladic close their enthralling, thrillerlike, meticulously researched book with the discovery of the wreckage, bringing the 85-year-old saga of the Indianapolis to a close."
A gripping study of the greatest sea disaster in the history of the U.S. Navy and its aftermath. Read full book review >
THE WONDERFUL MR WILLUGHBY by Tim Birkhead
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2018

"Bird lovers and fans of well-written science history will love this revelatory and intoxicating biography."
An impressive biography of the "man who began the scientific study of birds." Read full book review >

A LIFE REBUILT by Sylvia Ruth  Gutmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2018

"An insightful effort to bring some clarity to an incomprehensible wartime catastrophe."
In this debut memoir, a woman recalls her childhood escape from Europe after the Nazis murdered her parents and the traumatic aftermath. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"More than a footnote to the rise and fall of one of the last great rock bands."
When did the Clash quit being "the only band that matters"? Read full book review >
EYE OF THE SHOAL by Helen Scales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"Entertaining reading for anyone interested in the captivating underworld realm of fish."
"The world's waters—fresh and salty, shallow and deep—are teeming with remarkable species" of fish. Marine biologist Scales (Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells, 2015, etc.) introduces readers to a remarkable array. Read full book review >
DON'T YOU EVER by Mary Carter Bishop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"A precise and honest depiction of a family wound that has still not entirely healed."
In her early 30s, journalist Bishop accidentally discovered she had a half brother she had never known about, so she tracked him down to the barbershop where he worked in a small town in Virginia. Read full book review >
EMPRESS by Ruby Lal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"A page-turning, eye-opening biography that shatters our impressions of India as established by the British Raj."
Lal (South Asian History/Emory Univ.; Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness, 2013, etc.) shines a light on Nur Jahan (1577-1645), who ruled as co-sovereign in the Mughal court, taking her husband's place without actually usurping him. Read full book review >
CUSTER by Edward G. Longacre
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"A book that should appeal to military history enthusiasts, but those seeking a more standard biography should look elsewhere."
A look at the early career of one of the most controversial figures in American military history. Read full book review >
THE BOY WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS by Graham Caveney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"Raw, compelling, and darkly lyrical."
A British journalist and critic tells the story of a working-class adolescence overshadowed by traumatic experiences with sexual abuse at the hands of a teacher. 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 >