Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A highly polished memoir of enormous heart."
The Latvian world of her grandmother draws the writer, an American, back to the old country to re-create a vanished life between farm and war. Read full book review >
A BEAUTIFUL, TERRIBLE THING by Jen  Waite
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A frank and visceral dual timeline shows the romance and failure of a woman's marriage to a psychopath."
A woman discovers her husband is not whom she thought he was. Read full book review >

NIGHT CLASS by Victor P.  Corona
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Sociology taken to the streets and basements, yielding a well-wrought introduction to a scene little known—and perhaps little imagined—to outsiders."
An engaging, if unlikely, memoir of a scholar by day, club hopper by night. Read full book review >
TAMED BY A BEAR by Priscilla  Stuckey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"The book may find a few appreciative readers in Santa Fe and Sedona, but fans of actual ursines will want to look elsewhere, while those seeking wisdom from a bear ought to look no farther than A.A. Milne."
Albuquerque-based spiritual counselor Stuckey (Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature, 2012) delivers a tale of the bear as yogi. Read full book review >
THE NETANYAHU YEARS by Ben  Caspit
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A highly readable portrait of an enigmatic politician."
A biography of the steely Israeli prime minister that underscores his relentless, seemingly emotionless competitive drive. Read full book review >

FALL DOWN 7 TIMES GET UP 8 by Naoki Higashida
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Autism is a mysterious neurological condition. While the science is incomplete, Higashida gives us a thoughtful view of the art of living well in its shadow."
A young Japanese man's searching account of autism, following The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (2013). Read full book review >
READING WITH PATRICK by Michelle  Kuo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Thoughtfully provocative reading."
The story of a mutually transformative friendship between the author and a black student she met as a Teach for America volunteer in Arkansas. Read full book review >
SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY by Roger  Steffens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"The author's approach allows him to tell more of the story, and even without presenting Marley's voice directly, this is an illuminating portrait of an extraordinary life."
An oral history that presents a well-rounded portrait of the music legend, allowing for multiple, sometimes-conflicting, points of view. Read full book review >
RECKLESS YEARS by Heather Chaplin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A restless yet satisfying memoir that will appeal most to women who've found themselves fleeing hopeless relationships."
Diary entries from a woman who left her marriage and husband for a freer existence. Read full book review >
THE GREAT NADAR by Adam Begley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Begley capably brings to life the lost Parisian world where Nadar held court. His outsized personality dominates this enjoyable and amply illustrated volume."
A lively portrait of a photography pioneer who altered the cultural landscape of 19th-century France. Read full book review >
COMING OF AGE by Deborah Beatriz  Blum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A minor effort for readers interested in learning more about Mead's early life."
Blum (Bad Karma: A True Story of Obsession and Murder, 1986) reconstructs the five-year period of Margaret Mead's life leading up to and including her transformative trip to Samoa in 1925. Read full book review >
ARS BOTANICA by Tim  Taranto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"An uneven, often heart-wrenching attempt at resolving a personal struggle through art but also a sobering consideration of how things happen—or don't."
An unusual narrative of loss that becomes both a meditation on the Earth and a benediction for one who won't be around to enjoy it. 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 >