Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"This generally thoughtful analysis is especially good on Trump's 'coarsening influence on political dialogue.'"
A veteran Washington, D.C., reporter assesses Donald Trump's first year as president. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An indispensable work of popular psychology and sociology."
A simultaneously frothy and substantive tour of female sexual desire. Read full book review >

TO THE MOON AND BACK by Lisa Kohn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"If writing is an evacuation tool to process and understand abuse, Kohn has done an excellent job of producing a text that oozes with honesty and truth."
A teacher and leadership consultant takes readers into the crevices of a cult. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR LORRAINE by Imani Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Throughout this animated and inspiring biography, Perry reminds us that the 'battles Lorraine fought are still before us: exploitation of the poor, racism, neocolonialism, homophobia, and patriarchy.'"
An intimate portrait of the artist as a black woman at the crossroads. Read full book review >
MACHETE SQUAD by Brent Dulak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Readers will have a visceral response to the experiences shared by this searing memoir."
A U.S. Army medic cuts to the bone in a graphic memoir that takes full advantage of the form. Read full book review >

OUR PRINCE OF SCRIBES by Nicole Seitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"A fitting tribute to a unique, significant writer and man."
His wound may have been geography, but his legacy was generosity. That's the takeaway from this new collection of essays honoring the late Pat Conroy (1945-2016). Read full book review >
FLAWED by Andrea Dorfman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"Bold, funny, and brimming with emotional intelligence: a charming debut. (Graphic memoir. 12-adult)"
Illustrated lessons in self-acceptance. Read full book review >
THE ’STAN by Kevin Knodell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"There are no larger truths to be found in this brief graphic narrative, and perhaps there will never be. These comics do not depict a faceless enemy, but they suggest compassion, bravery, and even heroism despite the absurdities of a war with no purpose and seemingly no end."
A series of journalistic vignettes from the war that threatens to last forever. Read full book review >
HE HELD RADICAL LIGHT by Christian Wiman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"'It is hard learning to live ‘one hour higher than the torments,' ' Wiman writes, quoting Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer. This moving book explores not only those torments, but also the understanding that art can provide."
The link between art and faith, as seen by a noted poet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A discerning history of the quest for self-knowledge."
An illuminating dual biography of two women who invented a hugely popular personality test. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A fine account of FDR's rise to power combined with a cradle-to-grave biography of the man who made it possible."
Two giants of 20th-century American politics receive an insightful dual biography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A well-rendered historical account emphasizing the moral complexities of unorthodox warfare."
An exacting reconstruction of the exploits of two Anglo-American brothers who fueled French resistance to Nazi occupation. 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 >