Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"For those swept along on the author's culinary high, she has thoughtfully listed the many restaurants in New York, Brooklyn, and Paris mentioned in the text. Many readers, however, will find the overload of information too much."
In her second memoir, creative director and writer Thomas (Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate), 2012) chronicles her new life in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
DARE NOT LINGER by Nelson Mandela
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Essential to students of Mandela's political career as well as of modern African history."
A memoir of Mandela's term as president of newly democratic South Africa. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Interesting tittle-tattle for royal watchers."
The royal and celebrity biographer rehashes the tale of Wallis Simpson (1896-1986) and King Edward VIII (1894-1972), offering just a few new tidbits. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN'S EROICA by James Hamilton-Paterson
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A valuable guide to one of the most remarkable works of a musical giant whose undeniable genius continues to resonate centuries after his death."
Novelist and nonfiction author Hamilton-Paterson (Blackbird: The Story of the Lockheed SR-71 Spy Plane, 2017, etc.) delves into the cultural and historical impact of Beethoven's groundbreaking third symphony, the "Eroica." Read full book review >
TIME PIECES by John Banville
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Told in a conversational style both luscious and luxuriant, this is exquisite work by a master craftsman."
The celebrated author turns inward with this enchanting memoir about his beloved hometown. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"With a bang and a whimper—and a yawn."
"Learning to walk with crutches has an otherworldly component." So writes Flook (Mothers and Lovers, 2014, etc.) in one of the occasional G-rated passages in this lurid but limping memoir. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An intriguing perspective on a profession that very quickly captivated our attention—a great gift idea for the foodie in the house."
A tasty venture in a culinary wonderland. Read full book review >
A GIFT FROM DARKNESS by Andrea C. Hoffmann
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Ibrahim's bold firsthand account is powerful testimony to resilience and survival in the face of a kind of warfare that is becoming ever more common, its terror visited mostly on women."
A memoir of abduction and sexual slavery at the hands of the Islamist Boko Haram militant group. Read full book review >
IN AMERICA by Caitríona Perry
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A cleareyed portrait of Americans' bitterness, hope, and fear."
A fresh perspective on the supporters of Donald Trump. Read full book review >
EDUCATED by Tara Westover
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success."
A recent Cambridge University doctorate debuts with a wrenching account of her childhood and youth in a strict Mormon family in a remote region of Idaho. Read full book review >
BEING WAGNER by Simon Callow
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
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 >
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 >