Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

NOTES ON A BANANA by David Leite
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brave and moving tale of food, family, and psychology."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger tells the story of his struggle to come to terms with his Portuguese heritage, bipolar disorder, and homosexuality. Read full book review >
TOWER DOG by Douglas Scott Delaney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A vivid book guaranteed to make readers more aware of what it takes to get that cellphone signal into his or her hand, for better or worse."
A memoir from a young "fourteen-dollar-an-hour cog in a thankless deadly wheel." Read full book review >

GOLDEN by Marcus Thompson II
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fans of the Warriors and especially of Curry will enjoy the book, which has its virtues in terms of depth and insight, but the rest can wait until Curry's career is over for a more fully fleshed and less-adulatory biography."
A hagiographic look at an NBA star with a lot of career ahead of him. Read full book review >
OUT OF LINE by Barbara Lynch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A rugged tale of a self-made woman in a high-stress profession."
A celebrated Boston-area chef rehearses her rugged Southie background, her rise into the ranks of the elite restaurateurs, and her various personal doings and demons. Read full book review >
MY CUBS by Scott Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A pleasant, slight memoir with a happy ending."
The NPR Weekend Edition host offers an extended personal essay about his lifelong infatuation with the Chicago Cubs. Read full book review >

LETTERMAN by Jason Zinoman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"This incisive, illuminating book shows the personal toll that success took on all responsible, the price paid for laughs."
The tale of a tormented TV star and his legacy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"You must admire a man whose career advice included, 'I often say it's a gift to be fired at least once,' and 'it is always better to be rumored to work for the CIA than to actually be employed there.'"
A man of many contradictions looks back on a lifetime of service to people in the public and private sectors. Read full book review >
DIG IF YOU WILL THE PICTURE by Ben Greenman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Likely not the definitive book on Prince, but certainly one that merits attention by fans and students of pop culture alike."
A satisfying portrait, warts included, of the Purple One, one-time heir to the thrones of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix alike. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2017

"An intense, important read for anyone interested in the American government's misguided efforts at Guantánamo."
Two former detainees of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp come forward with their stories after being declared innocent and freed. Read full book review >
SLIGHT EXAGGERATION by Adam Zagajewski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An illuminating prose album of candid musings on the 'melancholy and joyful' gifts of art."
Reflections on art, music, poetry, and family from an acclaimed Polish poet. Read full book review >
CONVICTING AVERY by Michael D. Cicchini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Will engage fans of the series and readers who wonder if prosecutors really do cut corners in their campaigns against serious criminals."
Rebuttal of the case against Steven Avery, from a defense attorney who sees larger patterns of malfeasance in Wisconsin justice. Read full book review >
THE DEAD INSIDE by Cyndy Etler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Raw and absorbing, Etler's voice captivates. (author's note) (Memoir. 15 & up)"
In this debut memoir, Etler takes readers on a harrowing journey into Straight Inc., a nightmarish drug rehab that used controversial methods to "treat" its patients. 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 >