Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

L'APPART by David  Lebovitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Lebovitz tells us much more than we really need to know, but this is still an engaging, entertaining, and delicious divertissement."
The tale of an acclaimed chef who decided he wanted to live in Paris—at any cost. Read full book review >
NOBU by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A simple, straightforward memoir sure to please both Nobu fans and Japanese cuisine lovers."
An acclaimed chef and restaurateur tells the story behind his global success. Read full book review >

GIRL LOGIC by Iliza  Shlesinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An amusing stand-up bit buckles under the weight of a book-length treatment."
A successful comedian tries to square gender stereotypes with the realities of how women really live. Read full book review >
THE ARCHIPELAGO OF HOPE by Gleb Raygorodetsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An encouraging exploration of how ancestral wisdom and political savvy have led to positive environmental policies."
Indigenous peoples testify to the realities of climate change. Read full book review >
A BODY OF WORK by David  Hallberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A moving if scattershot account of every dancer's worst nightmare and the sacrifices required to overcome it."
A brilliant dancer chronicles his success at two of the world's major ballet companies and the injury that almost cost him his career. Read full book review >

TROUBLEMAKERS by Leslie  Berlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sturdy, skillfully constructed work of business and technological history."
Looking back on Silicon Valley's early years, when magic was brewing in the suburbs of the Bay Area. Read full book review >
WHEN THE WORLD SEEMED NEW by Jeffrey A.  Engel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Useful reading for anyone with an interest in the first years of the post-Cold War era."
Revisionist study of George H.W. Bush's term in the White House, which saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the U.S. as the world's sole superpower. Read full book review >
FIRST FOUNDING FATHER by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sturdy, instructive biography of the 'first of the Founding Fathers to call for independence, first to call for union, and first to call for a bill of rights.'"
In public awareness, Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) has slipped into the cracks of historical anonymity; this book pulls him back into the light. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rapidly paced story of adventure 'to be appreciated as a reminder of the power of nature and of the struggle and triumph over disaster…and of the powerful urge to persevere and return home.'"
That Vitus Bering (1681-1741) sailed into the Bering Strait is no secret, but few outside Russia know how he did it. Read full book review >
THE LAST GIRL by Nadia  Murad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A devastating yet ultimately inspiring memoir that doubles as an urgent call to action."
A raw, terrifying account of religious genocide and life in captivity under the Islamic State by a young Yazidi woman who survived it. Read full book review >
EMERALD LABYRINTH  by Eli  Greenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Greenbaum's enthusiasm for his work shines through, as does his compelling message about the future of our planet."
An intrepid herpetologist's account of his grueling collection-based forays into the Congo. Read full book review >
8 SECONDS OF COURAGE by Flo  Groberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An inspiring book about heroism and sacrifice."
A French immigrant and U.S. Army captain tells the story behind the remarkable act of bravery that earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. 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 >