Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

BETTY FORD by Lisa McCubbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A warmly sympathetic biography of a spirited woman."
A first lady who overcame breast cancer and addictions became an inspiration for many Americans. Read full book review >
ADAM SMITH by Jesse Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"It's hard to imagine an American politician writing with the same depth and grasp of an inordinately complex subject, but Norman pulls it off quite capably. A worthy addition to the literature surrounding Smith and that of modern conservative thought."
Parliamentarian Norman (Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, 2015, etc.) enlists Adam Smith (1723-1790) and the Scottish Enlightenment in the cause of moral capitalism. Read full book review >

RAGE BECOMES HER by Soraya Chemaly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Important, timely, necessary reading."
The director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project interrogates the nature of modern female anger and outrage. Read full book review >
THE REAL LOLITA by Sarah Weinman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A tantalizing, entertaining true-life detective and literary story whose roots were hidden deep in a novel that has perplexed and challenged readers for decades."
True crime meets classic American literature. Read full book review >
BEYOND BROADWAY JOE by Bob Lederer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A fan's notes, meticulous and proudly partisan, for Jets fans and devotees of the early NFL."
A longtime fan of the New York Jets debuts with a meticulous analysis of the Jets' personnel who, on Jan. 12, 1969, defeated the highly favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Read full book review >

A COVERT ACTION by Seth G. Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A revealing sidebar to a familiar story that has been thoroughly told elsewhere."
The untold story of the CIA's rescue of Solidarity, "Poland's flowering democratic movement." Read full book review >
LETTERS FROM MAX by Sarah Ruhl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A captivating celebration of life and love."
A Yale professor and her playwriting student forge an extraordinary friendship. Read full book review >
48 PEAKS by Cheryl  Suchors
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An inspiring yet relatable true story with exciting scenes and plenty of heart."
A memoir that chronicles a former businesswoman's quest to scale the highest of New Hampshire's mountains. Read full book review >
WARRIOR by Brent Green
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"A study of one man's determination to defeat fear, weakness, and cancer."
An exercise physiologist and sport psychologist responds to his lifelong disease struggles with intense athleticism and risk-taking in this fictionalized biography. Read full book review >
INADVERTENT by Karl Ove Knausgaard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2018

"A light-footed meditation on the literary life that will be best appreciated by his fans."
Brief thoughts on the purpose and meaning of writing from a writer not known for his brevity. Read full book review >
MY MOTHER. BARACK OBAMA. DONALD TRUMP. AND THE LAST STAND OF THE ANGRY WHITE MAN. by Kevin Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Passion and anger fuel a biting critique."
Emotionally raw essays focus on racism, sexism, and manhood. Read full book review >
FASHION CLIMBING by Bill Cunningham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A lively tale of a life in style and a delightful homage to the days before women stopped wearing hats."
A posthumous memoir encapsulates the momentous life of an eccentric fashion icon. 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 >