Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

CHICAGO by Sonya Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2017

"A simple but engaging Christian memoir."
A series of gentle reminiscences about the author's childhood and early adulthood. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A MUSLIM by Haroon Moghul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Studded with some useful observation but fails to properly address the title."
The troubled tale of one man's search for faith and happiness. Read full book review >

MARCEL'S LETTERS by Carolyn Porter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A flawed but intriguing memoir from a diligent researcher."
A graphic designer and self-described "typography geek" tells the story behind the creation of her award-winning font, P22 Marcel. Read full book review >
THE LOYAL SON by Daniel Mark Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A perceptive, gritty portrayal of the frenzy of war and a father and son caught at its tumultuous center."
A gripping history of a family torn apart by political upheaval. Read full book review >
KENNEDY AND KING by Steven Levingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-documented narrative that would benefit from more consistent analysis."
A dual biography chronicles three years of upheaval in the civil rights movement. Read full book review >

MAKING RENT IN BED-STUY by Brandon  Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A thought-provoking examination of the millennial black experience in the first decade of the 21st century."
Race and identity loom large in Harris' highly personal and equally cerebral retrospective of his early days treading the streets of Brooklyn. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A singular study exhibiting both military duty and human compassion."
An insider account of the last days guarding, and bonding with, the former president of Iraq. Read full book review >
GOING DEEP by Lawrence Goldstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-crafted combination of technology history, tortuous military politics, and the biography of a shamefully neglected American inventor."
A history of the attack submarine and its inventor, who "would never know that he had helped create one of the defining killing machines of two world wars." Read full book review >
THE LONG HAUL by Finn Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An entertaining and insightful snapshot of the hauling life."
A moving trucker shares stories from a life on the open road. Read full book review >
THE DREAM COLONY by Walter  Hopps
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Sharply drawn sketches and illuminating anecdotes make this book a treat for art lovers."
Intimate memories from an acclaimed curator and museum director. Read full book review >
THE TRIAL OF ADOLF HITLER by David King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A meticulously researched, deeply instructive work with great relevance for our current era of right-wing resurgence."
A highly detailed study of Hitler's failed putsch of Nov. 8, 1923, in Munich and the trial that "catapulted this relatively minor local leader onto the national stage." Read full book review >
BECOMING ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Richard  Kigel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Kigel's emphasis on primary sources is refreshing, and he fashions an instructive work that will be especially useful for younger readers."
An intimate biography of young Abraham Lincoln from primary sources—i.e., those who knew him in his formative years. 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 >