Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2017

"In this well-conceived book, the author demonstrates unforgettably that national borders constitute much more than lines on a map."
An exploration of the borderlands that deftly mixes memoir, groundbreaking sociology, deep reporting, and compelling writing. Read full book review >
HENRY DAVID THOREAU by Laura Dassow Walls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 2017

"Thoreau has inspired so many esteemed biographies that it's difficult to claim any new one as definitive. However, Walls delivers a sympathetic and honest portrait that fully captures the private and public life of this singular American figure."
A superbly researched and written literary portrait that broadens our understanding of the great American writer and pre-eminent naturalist who has too long been regarded as a self-righteous scold. Read full book review >

TO THE NEW OWNERS by Madeleine Blais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"If not quite as funny as billed, there remains much gentle humor and a certain elegiac sweetness that more than compensates—that, and a touching coda."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author gives a familial face to the mystique of Martha's Vineyard in this unfailingly charming reminiscence of summers spent on the island. Read full book review >
PATRICK HENRY by Jon Kukla
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"A skilled historian, Kukla has done his homework and written a detailed, lively, probably definitive biography of a revolutionary figure who merits more recognition but perhaps not promotion beyond the second tier of Founding Fathers."
A new biography of the American statesman who Thomas Jefferson said "was our leader in the measures of the Revolution in Virginia." Read full book review >
QUEEN OF BEBOP by Elaine M.  Hayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Informative and well-intentioned but sometimes pedestrian and lacking the elegant effervescence of Vaughan's singing."
A biography of the great jazz singer whose commercial success seldom equaled her enormous gifts. Read full book review >

ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER by Jaimal Yogis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"For fellow seekers, Buddha-nature on a surfboard."
Eastern mysticism and Western rites of passage inform this second volume of memoir from the San Francisco-based journalist. Read full book review >
LEAP IN by Alexandra Heminsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"A lighthearted book to appeal to fellow swimmers."
Having conquered land as a serial marathoner, the author turns her athletic attentions toward the sea. Read full book review >
A STONE OF HOPE by Jim St. Germain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"An affecting and earnest testimonial to the power of a humane criminal system built on rehabilitation more than punishment."
A young African-American man's memoir of a life of crime redirected. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Practical, applicable health guidance validated by a remarkable collective of revered Chinese elders."
A career physician touts the prescription for a long, healthy life span. Read full book review >
THE STREAK by John Eisenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Eisenberg examines one of baseball's most venerated records while exploring what it all means, providing a compelling, thought-provoking history for fans of America's grand game."
The story of baseball's greatest iron men. Read full book review >
MAKING CONTACT by Sarah  Scoles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Scoles has done her homework, so readers will both understand and sympathize with Tarter, who has become an icon and role model despite pursuing a goal she knows she will never achieve."
The inspiring story of an important American astronomer who co-founded the SETI Institute, which was created "to study all aspects of the existence, formation, and evolution of life in the universe. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"The thrills and chills of rafting packaged with a compelling call to action."
A naturalist and environmental activist chronicles his 2008 ocean journey to draw attention to the blight of plastic waste in the world's oceans. 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 >