Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

THE ROAD TO CAMELOT by Thomas Oliphant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"An excellent chronicle of JFK's innovations, his true personality, and how close he came to losing."
Accepting the challenge that Theodore White laid out in The Making of the President 1960: to "tell the story of the quest for power in 1960 in more precise terms with a greater wealth of established fact." Read full book review >
THE OUTER BEACH by Robert Finch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Vivid and graceful reflections on water and wind, shifting sands, and the inevitability of change."
Lyrical reflections, natural history, and nuggets of wisdom inspired by walks at the shore. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Reads like a fine spy novel whose ending we know but whose story transports us nonetheless."
The intense and intimate story of espionage involving Soviet and American agents; one of the latter was the author's father. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A stirring book that explores numerous aspects of racism in Alabama and the nation as a whole."
An examination of an infamous 1957 conviction of a young, black Army veteran for the murder of a white police officer that more broadly delineates the struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THEM by Richard Ford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A subtle, careful testament to devotion and a son's love for his parents."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer tells what he knows of the marriage of his loving parents—and what he can never know, as the only child who came between them. Read full book review >

PRIESTDADDY by Patricia Lockwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A linguistically dexterous, eloquently satisfying narrative debut."
A noted young poet unexpectedly boomerangs back into her parents' home and transforms the return into a richly textured story of an unconventional family and life. Read full book review >
ART SEX MUSIC by Cosey Fanni Tutti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A bravura rock memoir vibrating with fierce and fearless memories—a must-have item for Chris and Cosey and Throbbing Gristle fans."
The female half of the alternative music group Chris and Cosey reveals the "harsh and definitely not rose-tinted view of my past." Read full book review >
CHINA LAKE by Barret  Baumgart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"Nearly indescribable and utterly engrossing, this book is an urgent and terrifying cultural reflection, a startling look in the mirror."
A unique, alarming portrayal of the American military-industrial complex, the crisis of climate change, and the nature of truth and despair. Read full book review >
HAMLET GLOBE TO GLOBE by Dominic Dromgoole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2017

"Sly, witty, and delightful—a glorious Shakespearean romp."
Knock, knock. Who's there? Hamlet. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S LIEUTENANTS by Stephen W. Sears
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A staggering work of research by a masterly historian."
From "Old Fuss and Feathers" Winfield Scott to Ulysses S. Grant, the succession of Northern generals during the Civil War receives a thorough scouring in this massive, elegant study. Read full book review >
JAMES FENIMORE COOPER by Wayne Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"It is unimaginable that any life of Cooper will surpass this fascinating book."
The second volume of a majestic biography covers the 19th-century author's most productive decades. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects."
Summer of Sam? Fuggedaboudit. If you want to scare a New Yorker of a certain age, evoke the Mad Bomber, the subject of this taut true-crime whodunit. 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 >