Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Diverse character studies that give a broad view of the sweeping economic revolutions of the era."
Popular history of the economy of the Civil War era, a transformative time on the commercial/financial as much as the military fronts. Read full book review >
A TALE OF TWO MURDERS by Laura Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"This meticulously researched account of a fatal love affair carefully questions the nature of guilt and capital punishment in polite society, offering up a more profound lesson than is likely to be found in a typical true crime novel."
An exhaustive look into the passionate love affair that led to one of the most infamous murders in 1920s England. Read full book review >

HITLER AND THE HABSBURGS by James Longo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A middling account that may interest students of the Third Reich and the psychology of nationalism."
Linking Hitler's "Faustian rags-to-riches story" to his consuming hatred for the nobles of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Read full book review >
SHADOW DAUGHTER by Harriet Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A concise, readable examination of the hows and whys of family separations."
A personal look at why adult children isolate themselves from their parents and other family members. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE ALONE by Lane Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"An irreverent, candidly introspective exploration of toiling with loneliness that will leave readers feeling not so alone."
One woman's quest for companionship in a culture progressively geared toward isolation. Read full book review >

NOW YOU SEE THE SKY by Catharine H. Murray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A tender, love-filled story of how one woman dealt with the loss of a young child."
A mother's tale of love and loss. Read full book review >
THE DAY THAT WENT MISSING by Richard Beard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A quietly brooding and intense memoir of family and reckoning with the past."
A British novelist and nonfiction writer's account of his struggle to come to terms with the death of a younger brother that his family never fully acknowledged. Read full book review >
NOTES FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD by Suzanne Adam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Adam's life has many intriguing elements, but her experiences are too often flat and formless on the page."
Adam (Marrying Santiago, 2015) looks back on an accidental life in Chile from the perspective of nearly 50 years. Read full book review >
JOHN MARSHALL by Richard Brookhiser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Brookhiser's book may be overshadowed by Joel Richard Paul's recently published Without Precedent, a lengthy and well-received study of Marshall's life and times. Nevertheless, those looking for a concise, informative, and at times entertaining biography of our nation's fourth chief justice would do well to read this one."
A brief biography of a legendary chief justice. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL by David Cannadine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Well-illustrated miscellaneous Churchill-iana, some of it good."
Winston Churchill was a skilled painter, albeit an amateur, and his still enormous fan base will welcome this mixed bag of writings about his hobby. Read full book review >
DISTURBED IN THEIR NESTS by Alephonsion Deng
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"This book represents the beginning—or a necessary reset—of an essential dialogue."
A "lost boy" of Sudan and a California housewife forge a bond in this compelling dual memoir. Read full book review >
BORN TO BE POSTHUMOUS by Mark Dery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"The reclusive author and designer of such ghoulish gems as The Doubtful Guest and the animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery! comes fully alive, fur-coated and bejeweled, as an unlikely icon of the counterculture."
A well-considered biography of Edward Gorey (1925-2000). 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 >