Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

LETTERS TO MEMORY by Karen Tei Yamashita
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shaped and voiced with literary flair, this is clearly a book Yamashita felt compelled to write, and her sense of purpose makes this historical excavation feel deeply personal."
A multilayered evocation of Japanese internment camps as experienced by the author's extended family. Read full book review >
SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >

I HEAR SHE'S A REAL BITCH by Jen  Agg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An inspiring, graphic, and funny memoir from an entrepreneur unafraid to tell it like it is."
One of Canada's most famous and successful restaurateurs chronicles the ups and downs of being a successful woman in a famously sexist industry. Read full book review >
NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Wiesel's memoir, first published in English in 1960, has emerged as a classic work of literature from that darkest of eras, and it deserves to be read and reread for decades to come."
A reissue of Wiesel's (Open Heart, 2012, etc.) foundational, exemplary memoir of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
NO ROOM FOR SMALL DREAMS by Shimon Peres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A brief but poignant work of memoir and history."
In a posthumous publication, the eminent former Israeli leader delivers a heartfelt appeal to the best in the Israeli Jewish character. Read full book review >

EVERYTHING I NEVER WANTED by Barbara Santarelli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A witty and thoughtful account that's a portrait of the mother-daughter bond as much as it is a search for love."
A baby boomer reflects on her Bronx childhood and coming-of-age in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A worthwhile and understated conclusion closes an unremarkable Reformation history."
To understand our modern world, one must understand the Reformation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fans of true crime and readers curious about the inner workings of Mexican drug cartels should enjoy this well-researched story. Though different in execution, this book pairs nicely with Joe Tone's Bones, which covers the same subject."
Two FBI agents work to take down members of a drug cartel wrapped up with quarter horse racing in Texas. Read full book review >
UNBELIEVABLE by Katy Tur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A thoughtful account of covering what the author rightly calls 'the most unlikely, exciting, ugly, trying, and all-around bizarre campaign in American history.'"
One of Donald Trump's favorite media targets tells how she attained that distinction in this spry look at the 2016 campaign. Read full book review >
AN ODYSSEY by Daniel Mendelsohn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A well-told story that underscores the power of storytelling."
An account of the lessons learned by a son and his father as they study the Greek epic together. Read full book review >
WHAT HAPPENED by Hillary Rodham Clinton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A touch too reserved and polite, given the circumstances, and in need of supplementing by hard-edged books like Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes' Shattered. Still, a useful book to read—and, for many, to mourn over."
Gracious, sometimes-wonkish post-mortem of the last presidential election by its surprise loser, who still can't quite believe…well, what happened. Read full book review >
AMERICAN TRAITOR by Steve Stalinsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2017

"An up-close look at one man's bizarre journey to international notoriety."
Debut author Stalinsky offers a profile of an American who became an al-Qaida operative. 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 >