Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

HAVANA WITHOUT MAKEUP by Herman  Portocarero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Havana emerges as a city like no other: a place where humans, in many ways, are at their most vibrantly human."
A former Belgian ambassador (1995-2017) to Cuba pens a temperate love letter to Havana. Read full book review >
MISS D AND ME by Kathryn  Sermak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Sermak writes of Davis' tutelage, 'she was training me for a world that was fading from view.' The author ably documents Davis' growing realization that, long before her death in 1989, her time was already passing."
A chronicle of the last years of a cinema legend as told by her personal assistant. Read full book review >

MISTAKES WERE MADE by Fiona Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An account of an extraordinary life, marred by excessive angst."
A former actress struggles with a bout of spiritual ennui in this memoir. Read full book review >
SOUL SINS AND REGRETTABLE LIES by Bud Megargee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2017

"A series of often entertaining spirit-conversations that yields an attractive personal philosophy of mindfulness and compassion."
A memoir of spiritual exploration in the form of dialogues. Read full book review >
SHARKBAIT by Guy Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2017

"Heavy on the technical details but rich with vividly recalled episodes of aerial warfare."
A thorough memoir of a flight surgeon's adrenaline-filled experiences in the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

DRIVE ME WILD by Christina Nealson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 3, 2012

"A soulful account of Western vistas and New-Age mantras."
American travel writer Nealson (New Mexico's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places, 2014, etc.) shares her tales of life on the road in North America and Mexico. Read full book review >
FISH STORIES BY A SCIENTIFIC NOBODY by Mimi Gerstell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2016

"This book's complexity may drive some readers away, but its 'in the trenches' view of science and academia should be examined."
A debut memoir recounts the experiences, conclusions, opinions, and connections the author developed during the time she spent pursuing a career in the sciences. Read full book review >
NAKED MOUNTAIN by Marcia Mabee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An honest depiction of a courageous, difficult journey."
Mabee debuts with a touching memoir about a 21-year marriage that began with a most unusual purchase—a mountain in Albemarle County, Virginia. Read full book review >
A WHIFF OF PENNYROYAL by Karilyn Rust
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A sometimes-slow tale of remarkable perseverance and devotion that elicits anger and admiration."
Written by Patti Rust in the late 1970s, and recently edited and rewritten by her daughter-in-law, Karilyn Rust, this debut memoir recounts the passionate love story of two damaged souls—one emotionally crippled by circumstance, the other plagued by mental illness. Read full book review >
ASTONISHMENTS by Marian Armstrong Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2015

"An account that eloquently shows the author's resilience through heartbreaks."
In this debut memoir presented as a short story cycle, a woman looks back on her life and how she found moments of grace amid many trials. Read full book review >
STUMBLING TOWARD VICTORY by Corey D. King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2016

"A plainspoken account that will appeal to anyone who's interested in the experience of living with Parkinson's disease."
King (Walking the Crooked Path, 2014) blends pragmatic realism, Christian faith, and an irrepressible sense of humor in his second motivational memoir.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 >
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 >