Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

PAUL by N.T. Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A very human Paul, brought to life by an experienced teacher and pastor—an excellent introduction for general readers."
Wright (New Testament and Early Christianity/University of St. Andrews; The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion, 2016, etc.) draws from a lifetime of study on the figure of Paul to construct this useful biography of the early Christian missionary. Read full book review >
ASTRID LINDGREN by Jens Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Readers who grew up on Lindgren's stories will find this excellent book irresistible—and often surprising."
Insightful, elegantly written biography of the beloved author of the Pippi Longstocking tales, a complex woman of parts. Read full book review >

MY FATHER'S WAKE by Kevin Toolis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"From the graveside of an Irish Republican Army execution victim, whose young son cries inconsolably at his loss, to that of the author's own father, Toolis provides a series of intimate, eye-opening visits with the end-of-life process."
A gut-wrenching exploration of death from an Irish perspective. Read full book review >
WITHOUT PRECEDENT by Joel Richard Paul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A well-informed, perceptive, and absorbing biography of a titan of American history."
A biography of the fourth and greatest chief justice of the United States. Read full book review >
A WILDER TIME by William E.  Glassley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A superb tool for a better understanding of the natural world and why real science matters."
A veteran geologist recounts time spent studying Greenland's remarkable landscape during a series of six expeditions. Read full book review >

THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER by Francisco Cantú
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy."
A Mexican-American student of international relations becomes a United States Border Patrol agent to learn what he can't in the classroom. Read full book review >
THE EARTH GAZERS by Christopher Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Despite covering familiar ground, Potter delivers an enthralling account of the golden age of manned space travel that emphasizes the transcendent experiences of everyone involved, and he makes a convincing case that America lost something vital when it ended."
A history of the space program told through the lens of the handful of astronauts who have seen the Earth from space. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Not merely a book about Guyana, but an impressively rendered story about imperialism in general and cultural imperialism in particular."
An illumination of the interplay of art, culture, politics, race, and history in Guyana, a Caribbean country mostly ignored by the rest of the world but which serves here as a fascinating microcosm for the power of art to inspire change. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Johnson engagingly captures the lives, struggles, and triumphs of five men whose greatness transcended American sports."
How five black men helped to transform UCLA, college and professional sports, and American life. Read full book review >
THE NEW NEGRO by Jeffrey C.  Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A sweeping biography that gets deep into not just the man, but the movements he supported, resisted, and inspired."
A magisterial biography of the 20th-century philosopher, curator, and prime mover of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >
LILLIAN WALD by Paul Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A fascinating introduction to the 'angel of Henry Street' for a new generation. (preface, acknowledgements, notes, references, suggested reading, index) (Biography. 12-adult)"
Lillian Wald, revered in her lifetime, is little known today. But she was responsible for many of the social and health related programs we take for granted. Read full book review >
THE MONK OF MOKHA by Dave Eggers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Eggers gives his hero a lot of thematic baggage to carry, but it is hard to resist the derring-do of the Horatio Alger of Yemenite coffee."
For a son of Yemeni immigrants, the American dream takes the form of reawakening his ancestral homeland to its coffee legacy, the foundation for the industry he hopes to build. 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 >