Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

WHEN MONTEZUMA MET CORTÉS by Matthew Restall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An engaging revisionist exploration of 'one of human history's great lies.'"
A methodical deconstruction of the myths surrounding Hernando Cortés' "Mexican conquest" and the surrender of Montezuma. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A candid and revealing portrait of a man and a nation in turmoil."
The story of an American physician who faced medical, personal, and cultural challenges at a hospital in Jerusalem. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"The aura of Camelot lives on in a book for Kennedy completists and those who enjoy tales of the rich and powerful."
The prolific celebrity biographer returns to Camelot, this time to examine some of the women involved in the glamorous proceedings. Read full book review >
THE MONK OF MOKHA by Dave Eggers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Eggers gives his hero a lot of thematic baggage to carry, but it is hard to resist the derring-do of the Horatio Alger of Yemenite coffee."
For a son of Yemeni immigrants, the American dream takes the form of reawakening his ancestral homeland to its coffee legacy, the foundation for the industry he hopes to build. Read full book review >
MOTHERS OF SPARTA by Dawn Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Forthright, entertaining essays that portray all the love, struggle, and anguish of being a woman and a mother."
A collection of quirky, funny, sad, and moving short personal essays that compress the author's life into the snippets and moments that shaped who she is today. Read full book review >

1947 by Elisabeth Åsbrink
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A skillful and illuminating way of presenting, to wonderful effect, the cultural, political, and personal history of a year that changed the world."
Among innumerable turning points in history, 1947, just two years after World War II ended, is a year worth review. Åsbrink's book, translated from the Swedish, makes some of that year's neglected history and high drama tangible and meaningful. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"At its best, the book reveals complicated, messily human responses to knotty problems. Never intended as the final word on the black female experience in America today, it uncovers the effect of social forces on one perceptive young woman."
In the provocative essays collected in her first book, Jerkins meditates on how it feels to be a black woman in the United States today. Read full book review >
HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE by John Leland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"In this edifying and often quite moving book, Leland presents the 'lessons' taught by his subjects even as they themselves are learning them, and he does so with an empathy and thoroughness that deserve our gratitude."
New York Times reporter Leland (Why Kerouac Matters, 2007, etc.) chronicles the year he spent communing with the "oldest old," gleaning as much of value about his own life as about those he followed. Read full book review >
A KIND OF MIRRACULAS PARADISE by Sandra Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A glimpse of how schizophrenia looks and feels from the inside."
A schizophrenic's autobiographical manuscript serves as a creative-nonfiction project for his niece. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A mostly informative and insightful look into the inner workings of YouTube and its wide-ranging influence."
The story of YouTube and the video platform's vast cultural influence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"The compelling story of a Horatio Alger who lived well into his 90s."
An admiring biography of the Vegas wheeler-dealer who made billions but whose personal life became quite tangled. Read full book review >
NORWICH by Karen  Crouse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An inspiring story of a unique town."
In her debut, a New York Times sportswriter explores why a small town in Vermont has become the "perfect incubator for developing the ideal Olympic athlete." 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 >