Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 4)

VERDI by John Suchet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"Once again, Suchet hits his mark."
A compact, sumptuously illustrated, insightful biography of the Italian composer. Read full book review >
A COURSE CALLED SCOTLAND by Tom Coyne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"Golfers and golf-o-philes will gobble this down and no doubt ignore the repetitiveness that may dissuade other readers."
The author of A Course Called Ireland (2009) returns with an account of his recent travels around Scotland, where he played more than 100 courses in 57 days. Read full book review >

THE GREAT FLOWING RIVER by Chi Pang-Yuan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"An inspiring life story of unvanquished resilience."
An educator and scholar recounts her journey from war-torn China to a new life in Taiwan. Read full book review >
CITY OF DEVILS by Paul French
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"A Casablanca without heroes and just the thing for those who like their crime stories the darkest shade of noir."
Fast-paced, plot-twisty true-crime tale of the kingpins of Shanghai's Old City, land of miscreant opportunity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"A sturdy but not entirely fresh study for readers interested in the fate of Western water and in the settlement of the West and a good place to start learning about a key figure."
From adventure writer Ross (Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed, 2014, etc.), a new biography of a well-known figure in the history of Western exploration. Read full book review >

WHITE HOT GRIEF PARADE by Alexandra Silber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"A sardonic memoir full of unexpected anxieties—and familial love."
An actress and singer struggles through her father's illness and the aftermath of his death. Read full book review >
THE ASCENT OF JOHN TYNDALL by Roland Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2018

"A lengthy, difficult book about a remarkable man; devoted readers will muddle through."
A massive biography of one of the Victorian era's most significant all-around scientists. Read full book review >
MAKING OSCAR WILDE by Michèle Mendelssohn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2018

"A familiar biography embedded in a lively cultural history."
A fresh look at Oscar Wilde's English, Irish, and American contexts. Read full book review >
TOP HOODLUM by Anthony M. DeStefano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2018

"Will appeal to readers of criminal histories and tales of New York's political underworld."
Biography of a low-profile "original gangster" who connected the Prohibition era and the "Five Families." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2018

"Today, when studies are showing many Americans know little about the Holocaust, this will serve as a compelling remedy: a personal and universal account of brutality at its worst and of family devotion at its best."
The story of a father and son who struggled to survive in some of the Holocaust's most horrendous sites, from Buchenwald to Auschwitz to Mauthausen to Bergen-Belsen. Read full book review >
TO THE BRIDGE by Nancy Rommelmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2018

"A painstaking and meticulous exploration of all the facts and conjectures surrounding a disturbing case."
A deep probe into why a mother murdered her child. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 2018

"A lovingly compiled art book full of wondrous images."
Kaplan (The Encyclopedia of Tarot, 2006, etc.), with Greer (Who Are You in the Tarot?, 2011) and debut authors O'Connor and Parsons, offer a retrospective on artist and author Pamela Colman Smith. 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 >