Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

8 SECONDS OF COURAGE by Flo  Groberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An inspiring book about heroism and sacrifice."
A French immigrant and U.S. Army captain tells the story behind the remarkable act of bravery that earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Read full book review >
DARKEST HOUR by Anthony McCarten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fresh, readable look at events and players that, though well-known to history, deserve to be studied for some time to come."
On the forging of the wartime Winston Churchill, a figure iconic to this day, in the crucible of events that took place in the spring of 1940. Read full book review >

AMERICAN WITNESS by RJ Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Sprinkled with subtle touches of poetic discourse and the author's deeply felt passion and admiration for Frank's work, this book is a page-turning emotional delight."
Dissecting the mysterious Robert Frank (b. 1924). Read full book review >
CHARLES DARWIN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An illuminating new biography of a legendary figure in the scientific world whose legacy continues to draw reappraisals."
The prolific novelist and biographer probes the character and controversies of Charles Darwin's life and the controversial theory that turned the world on its head. Read full book review >
WARRIOR BRAVE PROTECTOR by Kim Mills H.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2016

"An absorbing and frank book that chronicles the author's triumph over health and personal crises."
A debut memoir details the struggles of a wife with ulcerative colitis and infertility. Read full book review >

UNBELIEVABLE by Katy Tur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A thoughtful account of covering what the author rightly calls 'the most unlikely, exciting, ugly, trying, and all-around bizarre campaign in American history.'"
One of Donald Trump's favorite media targets tells how she attained that distinction in this spry look at the 2016 campaign. Read full book review >
THE MAFIA'S PRESIDENT by Don Fulsom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A pulpy book that plays out historical conspiracy theory with a chilling specificity."
Recounting Richard Nixon's ties to mobsters, malfeasance, and, potentially, the John F. Kennedy assassination. Read full book review >
EMERALD LABYRINTH  by Eli  Greenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Greenbaum's enthusiasm for his work shines through, as does his compelling message about the future of our planet."
An intrepid herpetologist's account of his grueling collection-based forays into the Congo. Read full book review >
SHOULD THE TENT BE BURNING LIKE THAT? by Bill Heavey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Jam-packed with thoughtful lore and adventure, this book can be enjoyed by those who aren't hunting or fishing folk, but those who participate are the primary audience."
More forays into the sportsman's world from a lively and adroit guide. Read full book review >
CARTOON COUNTY by Cullen Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Fun to flip through; engrossing to read."
Part memoir, part cultural history, part treasure trove of drawings and photographs, many previously unpublished—and all thoroughly delightful as a celebration of the golden age of newspaper comics. Read full book review >
AN UNCOMMON READER by Helen Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"A well-informed perspective on early-20th-century literature."
A sensitive biography of an influential editor and critic. Read full book review >
SISTERS FIRST by Jenna Bush Hager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An enjoyably nostalgic scrapbook stocked full of memories from twins born into a political dynasty."
Fraternal twins and philanthropists Jenna (Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, 2007) and Barbara fondly portray the peaks and valleys of life carrying the Bush surname. 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 >