Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BECAUSE I COME FROM A CRAZY FAMILY by Edward M. Hallowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An affectionate, well-meaning memoir of how a psychiatrist gained empathy through his family's troubled lives."
A psychiatrist reflects on his childhood and the family members who struggled with mental health issues. Read full book review >
AMITY AND PROSPERITY by Eliza Griswold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A solid addition to the burgeoning literature on the social and health-related effects of fracking."
Griswold (The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, 2010, etc.) immerses herself with a few Pennsylvania families in rural areas near Pittsburgh to chronicle their life-threatening battles against the fracking industry. Read full book review >

AND THEN WE DANCED by Henry Alford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A standout in the monograph memoir subgenre, where subject guide meets personal essay."
A humorist unites a neophyte's history of modern dance with his own unlikely dance memoir. Read full book review >
TASTING THE PAST by Kevin Begos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"The narrative occasionally drags, but this multidisciplinary master class in the history, science, religion, and literature of wines is as luscious as a full-bodied pinot noir."
You don't need to be an oenophile to enjoy this flavorful adventure about one wine nerd's search for the perfect grape. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A charming look at a cherished American show."
A cartoon pioneer walks us down his Memory Lane. Read full book review >

IMPLOSION by Elizabeth W. Garber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An alternately wistful and searing exploration of a troubled legacy."
A daughter's vibrant relationship with her father decays into warfare and abuse in this coming-of-age memoir. Read full book review >
THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS by Claudia Renton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2018

"A sparkling family portrait and riveting history."
An elite family faces a vastly changing nation. Read full book review >
REPORTER by Seymour Hersh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2018

"Rarely has a journalist's memoir come together so well, with admirable measures of self-deprecation, transparent pride, readable prose style, and honesty."
One of the most skilled investigative journalists in American history shares his saga in compelling detail. Read full book review >
DESTROYING THEIR GOD by Wallace  Jeffs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2018

"A remarkable but sometimes-tedious account of the human mind's susceptibility to wholesale manipulation."
Jeffs recounts his fight to extricate himself—and his children—from a dangerous religious cult. Read full book review >
GHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER by Violet Ramis Stiel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A touching homage to a beloved father and a sufficiently amusing tribute to a comedy legend, but it's less compelling as a memoir."
The daughter of legendary filmmaker Harold Ramis (1944-2014) chronicles her wild Hollywood upbringing and close relationship with her father. Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO BE A BOY by Robert Webb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Intermittently funny but ultimately a frustrating missed opportunity."
In this debut work of nonfiction, Webb leaves his performance stage to examine "general expectations of manhood" and tell the stories that have made his life interesting. Read full book review >
AUTUMN IN VENICE by Andrea di Robilant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A sensitive recounting of a writer's doomed fantasy."
Passion, frustration, and anger erupted in Ernest Hemingway's last 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 >