Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

HEMINGWAY AT EIGHTEEN by Steve Paul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A clear, concise, sympathetic account of a gifted young man discovering who he is—and what he can do."
Yes, there is more to learn about the man who remains one of America's most iconic writers. Read full book review >
LOU REED by Anthony DeCurtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential reading for Reed fans and strongly recommended for anyone interested in rock as art."
A full-length portrait of legendary musician Lou Reed (1942-2013). Read full book review >

MICKEY ROURKE AND THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS by W.S. Di Piero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"What a poet writes when he isn't writing poetry. Will appeal most to fellow poets and students of the form."
A poet's notebook reflections on poetry, prose, art, time, and death. Read full book review >
HITLER, MY NEIGHBOR by Edgar  Feuchtwanger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An intimate look at the horror wrought by Hitler."
The story of a Jewish family who watched in fear as a new neighbor rose to power. Read full book review >
WHERE THE PAST BEGINS by Amy Tan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A composite portrait that should appeal to the author's fans."
The bestselling author reflects on family, reading, writing, and language in a memoir characterized by "free-form spontaneity." Read full book review >

RENOIR by Barbara Ehrlich White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Ideal for readers seeking to delve deeply into Renoir's personality; those seeking critical assessments of the individual works should look elsewhere."
An in-depth biography of the French impressionist painter. Read full book review >
THE THREE LIVES OF JAMES MADISON by Noah Feldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A timely biography presenting a valuable counterbalance to the current enthusiasm for Hamilton."
Feldman (Law/Harvard Univ.; Cool War: The Future of Global Competition, 2013, etc.) returns with a substantial biography of our fourth president. Read full book review >
A FORCE SO SWIFT by Kevin Peraino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Provides useful context for the troubled, tangled history of U.S. dealings with China, a timely topic."
A study of the Communist victory in China in 1949 and the American role in the events leading to that triumph. Read full book review >
NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Wiesel's memoir, first published in English in 1960, has emerged as a classic work of literature from that darkest of eras, and it deserves to be read and reread for decades to come."
A reissue of Wiesel's (Open Heart, 2012, etc.) foundational, exemplary memoir of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
MISFIT'S MANIFESTO  by Lidia Yuknavitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A beautifully written field guide to being weird."
One of the country's most gifted transgressive writers pens a love letter to her fellow misfits. Read full book review >
VIVIAN MAIER by Pamela  Bannos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2017

"A sympathetic portrait of an artist who remains elusive."
Biography of a secretive photographer who became legendary after her death. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A valuable blueprint for techies and others in a culture-change state of mind."
Microsoft CEO Nadella describes the empathetic leadership he hopes will spark a renaissance at the software giant in "the coming era of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence." 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 >