Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

DE GAULLE by Julian Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"A long but excellent, highly useful addition to the library of modern European history as well as the political history of World War II and the Cold War."
Nearly 50 years after his death comes this exhaustive biography and reassessment of Charles de Gaulle's political career. Read full book review >
CHOPIN'S PIANO by Paul Kildea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A deeply researched, gracefully told music history."
The destiny of one piano reveals changing attitudes about romantic music. Read full book review >

ALGIERS, THIRD WORLD CAPITAL by Elaine Mokhtefi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A firsthand account of a time when so much seemed up for grabs."
Mokhtefi (Paris: An Illustrated History, 2002) offers a memoir of international radical activism, from helping Algeria and Africa shake the yoke of colonialism to helping the Black Panthers establish a revolutionary outpost in exile. Read full book review >
THE DESERT AND THE SEA by Michael Scott Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"A deftly constructed and tautly told rejoinder to Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, sympathetic but also sharp-edged."
A harrowing and affecting account of two and a half years of captivity at the hands of Somali pirates. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION FRANÇAISE by Sophie Pedder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An authoritative analysis of power and politics in contemporary France."
An optimistic view of France's future under Emmanuel Macron. Read full book review >

THE LAST ENGLISHMEN by Deborah Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Seemingly covering disparate topics, Baker beautifully connects them all with an incisive, clear writing style and sharp descriptions of the terrain. A book for any readers curious about India after 1900."
A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist takes readers on a journey through the Indian subcontinent at the closing of the British Empire. Read full book review >
A GIRL'S GUIDE TO MISSILES by Karen Piper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A little-known corner of the Atomic Age comes into focus through Piper's skilled storytelling."
A smart, self-aware memoir of life in a Cold War outpost. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"The book's title is no hype; this is a startling account of an improbable huckster who made his living promoting a lifesaving device."
A shocking and bizarre history of premature infant care in America. Read full book review >
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN FAT by Virgie Tovar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Whether or not Tovar convinces all readers that ignoring diet and exercise is the path to freedom, she offers psychological comfort to those who have been made to feel unworthy due to their body size and/or shape."
A manifesto for fat rights and freedom from the tyranny of diet, exercise, and body-image conformity. Read full book review >
LANDS OF LOST BORDERS by Kate Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Exemplary travel writing: inspiring, moving, heartfelt, and often breathtaking."
A debut travelogue chronicling a modern explorer's bicycle ride along the ancient Silk Road, a journey that beautifully reveals much about the history and nature of exploration itself. Read full book review >
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 3 by Riad Sattouf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"To be continued in a new country that promises even more culture shock for the family—and hopefully as much potency as the first volume."
Further episodes in the author's boyhood as illuminated through this highly praised, multivolume graphic memoir. Read full book review >
CRIMINALS by Robert Anthony Siegel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2018

"Dramatic, keenly observed memoir of familial entropy set against the urban 'bad old days.'"
The barbed tale of a writer's beginnings, embarrassed yet fascinated by melodramatic, bohemian attorney parents. 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 >