Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

I AM, I AM, I AM by Maggie O’Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An intriguing and mostly engaging collection of life-threatening stories."
A woman's striking and unexpected foray into near-death experiences. 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 >

THE ART OF VANISHING by Laura Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A bravely introspective tale of wanderlust and lustful wandering."
One woman investigates the life and mysterious disappearance of the promising free-spirited writer Barbara Follett (1914-1939) while attempting to retain her own sense of freedom within her marriage. Read full book review >
THE COOKIE CURE by Susan Stachler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A sweet story of a strong-willed mother-daughter combo team who stood up to cancer and created a thriving business in the process."
A mother-and-daughter team build a cookie business after battling cancer. Read full book review >
BUILDING THE GREAT SOCIETY by Joshua Zeitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An enlightening look at the political foundations of 20th-century hope."
A behind-the-scenes study of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency. Read full book review >

BEING WAGNER by Simon Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Dangerous and dynamic,' Callow's Wagner is a 'musical genius,' but he 'cannot bring comfort. Which is why people fight over him.' An infectiously readable biography."
A brief life of the composer who "got under people's skin." Read full book review >
HEART BERRIES by Terese Marie Mailhot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An elegant, deeply expressive meditation infused with humanity and grace."
Reflections on the turbulent life of a Native American writer. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON by Kate Bowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An inspiring story of finding faith—in God, in family, and in oneself—while walking close to the Valley of the Shadow of Death."
A touching tale of battling cancer set against the backdrop of the prosperity gospel. Read full book review >
THE HEART IS A SHIFTING SEA by Elizabeth Flock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An eye-opening exploration of how tradition and star-studded dreams shape love in modern India."
Intimate portraits of three marriages reveal family life in Mumbai. Read full book review >
THE SEABIRD'S CRY by Adam Nicolson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A buoyant celebration of seabirds that serves as an important reminder of nature's fragility."
At home on sea, land, and in air, seabirds demonstrate grace, power, and amazing ingenuity. Read full book review >
NORTH ON THE WING by Bruce M. Beehler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Slow going for general readers but a valuable source of information for songbird lovers and dedicated bird-watchers."
A nature-memoir homage to Edwin Way Teale's classic North with the Spring (1951), an account of a 17,000-mile journey following the migration of birds from Florida to New England. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A welcome contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement."
A thoughtful historical account of a legal campaign that formed one of the main pillars for Brown v. Board of Education. 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 >