Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

MR. LEAR by Jenny Uglow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A well-wrought life of an eminent Victorian who merits our broader acquaintance."
"They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon": spirited biography of the often dispirited master of the nonsense rhyme. Read full book review >
A HIGHER LOYALTY by James Comey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A modest, soft-spoken book that is sure to enrage its chief subject."
Former FBI director Comey, much in the news, reviews his career and speaks his mind about his dismissal. Read full book review >

CANCER CROSSINGS by Tim Wendel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2018

"A sensitive and thoughtful excavation of a painful period in the author's life."
A journalist recounts his brother's fight against leukemia and the pioneering doctors who worked to prolong his life. Read full book review >
A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOUD by Chris Stamey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2018

"A standout addition to the crowded shelf of recollections by the underground iconoclasts of the 1980s and '90s."
A charming, knowledgeable memoir by an esteemed first-generation indie-rock musician. Read full book review >
TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES by Ben  Feder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2018

"A refreshingly pleasant addition to the journals of self-discovery, with a timely focus on ecological stewardship."
The CEO of a corporation and his family take a sabbatical from a hectic life in New York City and head to Bali to recharge and reconnect. Read full book review >

THE COMET'S TAIL by Amy Nawrocki
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A complex and compelling memoir requiring a slow and patient read."
In this small volume, Nawrocki (Four Blue Eggs, 2014) looks back at one year of her life—the six months she spent in a coma at age 19 and her half year in rehabilitation. Read full book review >
SHARP by Michelle Dean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A useful take on significant writers 'in a world that was not eager to hear women's opinions about anything.'"
A debut book about the works of 20th-century women whose lives had a deep impact on culture. Read full book review >
ORPHIC PARIS by Henri Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A wise, astute, and luminous literary commonplace book."
Self-portrait of a prizewinning poet in search of himself in entrancing Paris. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER IN RETROGRADE by Courtney Kersten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A refreshingly quirky memoir of soul-searching and family."
An essayist's story of her relationship with her mother, who accompanied her on voyages "to the Deep End of mysticism, astrology and signs from beyond." Read full book review >
TO LOSE THE MADNESS by L.M.  Browning
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A laconic, beautiful, and deeply insightful account about coping with loss."
A memoir explores creativity, friendship, and lifelong trauma. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY by Stuart Kells
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Readers familiar with St. Gall, Poggio, Count Libri, and other such significant figures in the history of manuscripts may look to more specialist accounts, but budding book enthusiasts will find this an engaging bedside read."
A bright, idiosyncratic tour of a book historian's collected knowledge about libraries and bibliophilia. Read full book review >
HADRIAN'S WALL by Adrian Goldsworthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Readers will learn perhaps more about the wall's engineering than they want to know, but this is an appealing, detailed history of the largest monument left by the Roman Empire."
A slim, tight history of a Roman fortification that "is special because it is unlike any other Roman frontier." 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 >